Supported accommodation was provided for people in housing crisis and those experiencing homelessness for whatever reason.
We took referrals from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Social Services and other agencies.
We also accepted self-referrals for people from both sides of the border.
We did not accept 16 & 17 year olds or people who had been convicted of or were being investigated for offences against children.
Accommodation was provided within Darkley House, where we have the capacity for 17 beds, including an ensuite bedroom with disabled access.
The staff in Darkley House ensured that all residents received the optimum level of advice available in order that they can claim the correct benefits and entitlements.
Residents received advice around the area of housing and move on options. This could be private sector, housing association, social housing or other providers.
Structured Support Plans
Each resident was assigned a link worker and an agreed plan structured and implemented.
Crossfire Trust provided professional, accredited counselling to residents through the Restoring Hope programme. Some examples would be crisis intervention, self-esteem, confidence building, relationships and other personal development related matters.
Training & Life Skills Motivation
All residents were given the opportunity and encouragement to take part in various training activities.
Residents were encouraged to get involved in the day to day running of Darkley House. They were also included within any Crossfire Trust organised activities, such as day trips and community days.
We do still provide some supported living but once the funded part of the programme finished, we were unable to continue to employ staff and so this part of the programme was scaled back. Going forward we now rely on volunteers to support residents.