Community interest

Independent Together works in partnership with Challenge The Wild to deliver personal development of young adults through a programme of outdoor activity.

Challenge The Wild is based in the Lake District and provides a range of events for charities, companies and private groups. They strive to change people’s lives through the delivery of outdoor activity and ensure positive outcomes for all. www.challengethewild.com

Challenge The Wild is run by Dan Searson. Dan has spent the past twenty years exploring the outdoors, is a qualified Mountain Leader and Event Manager. During his ten-year military career, as an Officer in the Regular Army, he was deployed to Bosnia, Kenya and Iraq and led expeditions to the Pyrenees, Machu Picchu and Mount Kenya. Since returning to civilian life, Dan has led challenges around the world and has planned bespoke events for some of the UK’s largest charities and companies. He also has vast experience in working with young adults, having delivered events to numerous colleges, youth groups and government agencies.

Dan is supported by a team of highly qualified instructors. They have a background in event management, outdoor delivery and working across different sectors. They are excellent communicators and hold all the required qualifications needed to work at the highest level.

commitment from the Young Adults. As an alternative, the better option seems to be providing a Certificate which demonstartes that each Young Adult has achieved the following outcomes:

The Programme

The Independent Together Adventure Camp is an exhilarating and uplifting outdoor adventure open to young adults. Under the watchful eye of the highly-trained team, participants will be encouraged and empowered as they take on a series of challenges, specially designed to develop life skills. Before they know it, they’ll be facing fears and achieving more than they ever believed they could. Challengers will be able to experience activities such as waterfall jumping, canyoning, rock scrambling, big abseils and survival skills; as well as learning how to problem solve, set goals for the future, deliver presentations and live a healthy lifestyle. And as it’s a three day event, there will be the chance to sleep under the stars, learn to cook and live in the outdoors and spend time with like minded people around a traditional campfire. Young Adults will achieve the following positive outcomes:

  • enjoy participating and reflecting in outdoor activities and adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure
  • enhance their overall well-being by gaining personal confidence and developing character and resilience through taking on challenges
and achieving success
  • developing their self-awareness and social skills, and their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and of others
  • becoming alive to the natural local and global environment and understand the importance of conservation and sustainable development
  • acquiring and developing a range of skills in outdoor activities, fieldwork, exploration, journeys and expeditions
  • demonstrating increased initiative and innovation, enthusiasm, curiosity, self-reliance, responsibility, perseverance, tenacity and commitment
  • developing and extending their key skills of communication, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, leadership and co-operation
  • learning to appreciate the benefits of physical activity and the lifelong value of participation in healthy leisure activities and reflection
  • displaying an increased motivation and appetite for self-directed learning that is contributing to raised levels of attainment in other aspects of their development, as well as becoming concerned, responsible and fulfilled citizens
  • broadening their horizons and becoming open to a wider range of employment opportunities and life chances
  • providing the opportunity to mentor future participants, assist in instruction and develop leadership skills further

Landlords and Lettings

Taking the Hassle out of Letting
Landlords can struggle with tenancies, both with managing them and ensuring the continuity that will give them a reliable revenue stream.

Acting as an intermediary, Independent Together matches people in need of a roof over their heads with the right kind of accommodation, while providing landlords with the necessary assurances around payments and looking after their properties.

We know landlords are looking for peace of mind when it comes to tenancies, and we believe that’s what we can provide. We give them security of income while ensuring that the young adults we supply as tenants maintain the property properly.

If you are a landlord and you want a way of ensuring you get regular income from your property, with reliable tenants, please

Sourcing Accommodation
Independent Together helps bridge the gap between supply and demand when it comes to affordable accommodation.

We liaise with landlords, offering them long-leasehold agreements where we guarantee their rental payments.

This helps landlords, by reducing the level of uncertainty they face with securing tenancies. It also helps the young adults requiring accommodation who might otherwise struggle to find something affordable and suited to their needs.

Testimonials

Paul Chatwin, Private Landlord.

“Just felt I needed to say that renting my property out to i2gether has turned out to be a very wise decision. Like most private landlords I was concerned about letting my property to DSS style referrals. However, with the support of i2together and the way they look after the property, I would have no hesitation in renting further properties or recommending other landlords to rent their stock to i2gether.”Paul Chatwin, Private Landlord.

Paul Chatwin, Private Landlord.

“Just felt I needed to say that renting my property out to i2gether has turned out to be a very wise decision. Like most private landlords I was concerned about letting my property to DSS style referrals. However, with the support of i2together and the way they look after the property, I would have no hesitation in renting further properties or recommending other landlords to rent their stock to i2gether.”Paul Chatwin, Private Landlord.

Rewards

Independent Together works in partnership with Challenge The Wild to deliver personal development of young adults through a programme of outdoor activity.

Challenge The Wild is based in the Lake District and provides a range of events for charities, companies and private groups. They strive to change people’s lives through the delivery of outdoor activity and ensure positive outcomes for all. www.challengethewild.com

Challenge The Wild is run by Dan Searson. Dan has spent the past twenty years exploring the outdoors, is a qualified Mountain Leader and Event Manager. During his ten-year military career, as an Officer in the Regular Army, he was deployed to Bosnia, Kenya and Iraq and led expeditions to the Pyrenees, Machu Picchu and Mount Kenya. Since returning to civilian life, Dan has led challenges around the world and has planned bespoke events for some of the UK’s largest charities and companies. He also has vast experience in working with young adults, having delivered events to numerous colleges, youth groups and government agencies.

Dan is supported by a team of highly qualified instructors. They have a background in event management, outdoor delivery and working across different sectors. They are excellent communicators and hold all the required qualifications needed to work at the highest level.

The Programme

The Independent Together Adventure Camp is an exhilarating and uplifting outdoor adventure open to young adults. Under the watchful eye of the highly-trained team, participants will be encouraged and empowered as they take on a series of challenges, specially designed to develop life skills. Before they know it, they’ll be facing fears and achieving more than they ever believed they could.

Challengers will be able to experience activities such as waterfall jumping, canyoning, rock scrambling, big abseils and survival skills; as well as learning how to problem solve, set goals for the future, deliver presentations and live a healthy lifestyle. And as it’s a three day event, there will be the chance to sleep under the stars, learn to cook and live in the outdoors and spend time with like minded people around a traditional campfire.

Young Adults will achieve the following positive outcomes:
  • enjoy participating and reflecting in outdoor activities and adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure
  • enhance their overall well-being by gaining personal confidence and developing character and resilience through taking on challenges
and achieving success
  • developing their self-awareness and social skills, and their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and of others
  • becoming alive to the natural local and global environment and understand the importance of conservation and sustainable development
  • acquiring and developing a range of skills in outdoor activities, fieldwork, exploration, journeys and expeditions
  • demonstrating increased initiative and innovation, enthusiasm, curiosity, self-reliance, responsibility, perseverance, tenacity and commitment
  • developing and extending their key skills of communication, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, leadership and co-operation
  • learning to appreciate the benefits of physical activity and the lifelong value of participation in healthy leisure activities and reflection
  • displaying an increased motivation and appetite for self-directed learning that is contributing to raised levels of attainment in other aspects of their development, as well as becoming concerned, responsible and fulfilled citizens
  • broadening their horizons and becoming open to a wider range of employment opportunities and life chances
  • providing the opportunity to mentor future participants, assist in instruction and develop leadership skills further

Our Minimum Standards of Service

OUR VISION

To provide a range of high-quality services to Looked After Children who are Leaving Care, enabling young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential. To be involved in the design and delivery of services and ensure services meet the needs of the young people.

OUR ETHOS

We firmly believe that every child has the right to be supported into successful transition from childhood to adulthood regardless of their background or circumstances. This support must be tailored, and person centred in order to respond to the young person’s changing needs, yet have consistency in the carer that builds the relationship with the young person on the foundations of trust.

OUR VALUES

INTEGRITY

FAIRNESS

RESPECT

COMPASSION

DIGNITY

ENPOWERMENT

COLLABORATION

RESPONSIBILITY


OUR SUPPORTED LIVING HOMES

We currently have two Group Living homes in Bury and Tameside. Both properties would fall under Category Two. All our homes are fully modernised and completely refurbished, with a fully equipped staff office, spacious fully furnished double bedrooms that can be decorated to the bespoke needs of each individual, and well-appointed communal areas. All homes have a state-of-art CCTV systems in all outside areas to ensure the safety of residence and staff.

SUPPORTED ACCOMODATION

We currently have three supported accommodation properties one in Salford, one in Stockport and one in Tameside. All properties are under Category one. All our homes are fully modernised and completely refurbished, with every new placement. They are fully equipped  to  the  specification  required  in  the Accommodation Standards.

ACCOMODATION STANDARD

Independent Together ensures that all their supported accommodation is in a good location and suitable for the category it is placed in. Support and Maintenance Manager complete a locality risk assessment when a new property is of interest. To ensure the following standards are met.

  1. Can provide stability and consistency with accommodation and support staff. Having a long lease on a property is imperative.
  2. Good access to local services e.g., education and healthcare
  3. Finding local activities within the community to engage them in a sense of belonging.

Independent Together employ a maintenance team to ensure the supported accommodation is always at an excellent standard. All emergency work is carried out within 6 hours or immediately if the safe and well-being is at harm. We have an on-call system for maintenance emergencies. The maintenance team ensure all health and safety and fire risk assessments are continuously up to date and relevant for the particular provision.

Independent Together uses monitoring and surveillance for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting welfare of children. Independent Together has these devices on the communal areas outside and the entrances to the property. Independent Together has a policy in place for monitoring and surveillance and the young people living in the supported accommodation are aware the monitoring and surveillance is no more intrusive than needed, protecting their privacy.

All Independent Together supported accommodation provide young people with their own bedroom, which is spacious, we provide bedroom furniture, new double bed with duvet, bedding, towels, and toiletry pack. The kitchen will have all white goods, equipment, and food hamper. The living room will be furnished and access to Wi-Fi. Our properties are of excellent standard and secure. Levels of insurance is in place to cover all aspects of the provision of supported accommodation.

Independent Together provide the young people with a Placement Agreement and Welcome Pack which outlines their entitlements, rights, the terms and conditions of the supported accommodation. There is also full explanation of the right to complain, which include the persons who they can complain to, e.g., Support Worker on shift, Key Worker, Support Manager, Operational Director, Social Worker, Other Professionals are listed.  Also, an anonymous Complaint letter with a stamped addressed envelope to the head office is supplied. There is also information on the local Advocacy and Safeguarding team should they feel they need to speak to an independent person.

PLACEMENT PROCESS

Our Support Manager, AnnMarie (Bachelors in Education with Honors, L4 in Health & Social Care) carefully assesses each referral request, conducts a risk assessment related to the young person’s needs and reviews accommodation availability including suitability match with existing young people in our homes, we inform the social worker which area other young people are from and the contact details of their social worker to ensure there is no previous issues between young people, before we make a placement offer.

We use the referral to also consider any of their special needs - e.g. interpreter, Makaton, cultural, religious needs and access to specialised learning or support groups.

Each young person has a designated Key Worker and support staff to help them achieve their own aspirations and ambitions through education, training and lifelong learning. Helping them develop life skills to live independently.

LEVEL OF SUPPORT

The level of support will depend solo on the young person’s needs and risks around the support. Independent Together has a team of Operations Director, Support Manager, Key Worker, Team Leader, Senior Support Workers, Support Workers, Finance, Admin and Maintenance. Our success, passion and commitment require us to always provide the highest standards of support, and to consistently encourage the development of opportunities for our young people, and our skilled, dedicated staff team. Our supported living service is managed by a team of professionals with over 40 years’ experience in this field. Our support packages ranges from:

  • High support staffed
  • Staffed 24/7 supported accommodation provisions.
  • Supported accommodation provisions.
  • Outreach work
  • Emergency 24hr referrals


 

THERAPEUTIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT

We have access to several therapeutic interventions that aim to provide psychological assessment and therapeutic support for young people with complex and challenging needs. This therapy takes an integrative approach, ensuring that all young people get the right support, at the right time, using the right therapeutic approaches.

We also use the BERRI assessment tool throughout young people’s time in our care, providing us with reliable outcome metrics that enable us to evidence the difference our support is making to their lives. It focuses on the following areas of development: Behaviour, Emotional wellbeing, Risk  (to  self  and others),  Relationships,  and  Indicators  (of psychiatric or neuro developmental conditions). BERRI identifies needs and tracks progress in complex young people, provides a measure of efficacy, targets and tracks specific concerns we may be working on, and provides overview measurable data about each young person.

WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

Our staff apply a strengths-based person-centred approach when working with all our young people. This enables our young people to develop knowledge, skills, confidence to make informed decisions, and manage the support and care they may require.

Young people's characteristics and needs that Independent Together can accommodate:

  • Males and females aged 16 to 25 years old. 
  • Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC).
  • Young people who experience emotional behavioural difficulties.
  • Young people that are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
  • Young people involved in crime, conduct disorder, and anti-social behaviour.
  • Young people leaving prison, secure unit, on TAG.
  • Young people who require support with their independent living skills.
  • Young people who require close supervision, monitoring and significant support.
  • Young mother's and baby, young families.

When placing within our supported accommodation homes, we specially focus our work with young people on the following areas:

  • The provision of high-quality accommodation in both staffed and unstaffed accommodation, according to the young person’s needs and the requirements of the local authority.
  • The development of service plans with the young person as part of a wider person-centred planning process.
  • Home care skills (e.g. cooking, shopping).
  • Budgeting skills and financial
  • Promotion of Education, we do this by working with the young person and finding out what they are interested in. We encourage going to college, however, if they are not ready, we will complete eLearning courses.
  • Offering of an apprenticeship or work. Independent Together have working relationships with employers who can offer apprenticeships and work.
  • Physical health, including diet and exercise independent staff are happy to attend the gym with young people. Young people and staff get a free pass at most Local Authority Fitness Centre
  • Exploring, researching, and accessing educational or work opportunities.
  • Challenging anti-social behaviour through the use of restorative practice techniques, and by encouraging the young person to reflect on their behaviour from the perspective of significant others.
  • Managing and developing personal relationships, both formal and informal.
  • Developing key life skills in literacy, numeracy, and Information technology.
  • Offering specialist counselling and therapeutic care if required.
  • Fully preparing young people for their ‘move on’ to independent living at 18 years of age by helping them bid for and secure appropriate accommodation, and support with managing any benefits applications.
  • Providing post ‘move on’ support by arranging regular meetings with young people after they have left our care, to provide them with additional advice and support.

Young people have entitlements from the Local Authority a as Care Leaver. This information can be accessed at entitlements: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1051441/ CA1989_Transitions_Guidance.pdf

Independent Together supported accommodation offers a variety of entitlements for their young people to ensure their well-being, development and access to necessary services.

These entitlements include safe and suitable accommodation, Personal Support, Emotional and Mental Health Support, Education and Training, Health and Well-being, Personal Development, Support Networks and Relationships, Advocacy and Rights, Transition Planning, Confidentiality and Privacy.

There are many young people that go through extremely difficult experiences and challenges, and often display risky behaviour. It is our role to support young people through these experiences and challenges by offering the following:

  • Support to develop consequential thinking.
  • Working in partnership with YOT and other agencies.
  • Support with reducing substance or alcohol abuse.
  • Support with family relationships.
  • Work around young people suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Support with asylum applications and other legal matters.
  • Gang awareness and intervention.
  • Support with reducing risky behaviour that could lead to exploitation.
  • Support with managing ADHD, Autism, and other behavioural developmental diagnoses