Project Peninsula Children & Young Persons Service

Project Peninsula is a Supported Living service for young people aged 16 to 25 who would benefit from a safe and supportive environment within the community.  Each young person will be encouraged to be themselves and valued for their own unique qualities with an individualised support plan incorporating their specific needs and aspirations. We endeavour to provide an environment of support where each young person is able to develop their resilience and increase their independence, in preparation for their transition to adulthood. We work closely with other professionals and support young people to access services to enhance their emotional and physical wellbeing, such as GP’s, CAMHS, and independent advocacy.

 

Each young person will be involved in developing a personal support plan depending on their own goals and desired outcomes, in agreement with their social worker. This may involve supporting a young person with their cooking skills, budgeting or daily living skills, at a pace and level determined by their own abilities whilst building upon strengths. These support plans are reviewed regularly and as required by the referring agency.

 

Project Peninsula supports young people to establish and maintaining their own networks of support through family, friends and professionals. We encourage links with the local community by taking into account their social, educational and vocational skills as well as recreational and leisure interests. Encouragement and support is provided where needed to utilise services such as leisure centres, and local interest groups. We work with each young person as a part of their support plan and outcome statement, to identify and support with access to education and employment opportunities.

 

We have a shared property for three young people, where each young person has their own room and shared use of the kitchen, dining and living room. Our accommodation provides a safe and comfortable environment, with 24 hour staffing. We endeavour to be sensitive to the needs of each person and the impact of each individual living within the property and work to ensure that they are comfortable with the sharing arrangements. We also operate an additional short stay emergency room for young people in a crisis, whilst waiting for further assessments and planning for longer term services.

Aims and Objectives:

Child at the centre

At Larkstone Supported Living we aim to provide a planned and supported path to more independent living. We are able to offer support to young people aged 16 – 25 years of either gender. Our experienced team aims to effectively manage challenging behaviours and employ strategies and techniques to support young people that have complex needs.  Larkstone Supported Living aims to provide a consistent and caring environment in which young people feel safe and secure.  We understand the need for a permanent and stable home to meet the needs of young people and to help them reach their potential.

We are passionate at facilitating the emotional growth and development of young people in our care by providing support through our experienced staff team. With our support we aim to enhance young people with a sense of self-worth giving them the opportunity to develop respect for themselves and others.

Person Centred Care and Support Planning:

Larkstone Supported Living provide comprehensive care/support plans and individual daily timetables incorporating education and leisure activities which are reviewed regularly to ensure best outcomes.  We assist in the development of personal and social skills through a range of stimulating and educational activities as well as all of our service users having the opportunity to be involved in our in house creative and practical workshops.

Transition into Supported Living:

At Larkstone Supported Living we aim to enable young people to make a successful transition from being ‘looked after’ to living independently without adult support. We assist young people with this transition through a carefully planned support package that is reviewed on a regular basis.  The objective is to gradually reduce support hours as the young person gains new skills and confidence, creating a smooth transition to semi-independence and onto independence, and facilitating the young person’s participation in society and involvement with the local community.

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