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Catholic Care believes in encouraging and supporting people with mental health issues to become active and fully integrated members of the community, thereby helping to prevent relapses and hospital admissions. To this end, we offer a highly personalised support and access to a range of services within the local community.

Supported living

We provide supported living services in north-east Leeds for adults with mental health issues, complex needs and dual diagnosis support needs. We help people to develop their independent living skills and to maximise their own potential, with a view to moving on to live independently in the wider community.

Our quality assurance shows that this is a safe and supportive service, with good personal outcomes. A recent survey indicated that our tenants enjoy the privacy and independence of their own flat as well as the opportunity to socialise in the communal areas, and they appreciate the availability of staff to talk their problems over with.

Our tenants
In partnership with a local housing association we offer short-term tenancies to 10 adults with a range of enduring mental health issues who have support needs. We use Outcome Star support planning tool to support tenants move on to independent living.

The accommodation
There are 10 fully self-contained bedsit flats, for single occupancy, each with a bed-sitting room, a bathroom and a kitchen. There are also communal areas within the building, including a lounge, kitchen and laundry.

Leading fuller lives
Our tenants are invited to take an active role in the running of their project and the services provided by Catholic Care. We also encourage them to take part in their own development by participating in voluntary work, attending education centres, and making use of activities provided within the City of Leeds.

Our staff
We have a small staff team, who are fully committed to create and develop an environment where tenants are allowed choice, given power to improve their quality of life and ensure they are supported to reach their individual potential. In a survey, tenants described our staff’s support as ‘just right’. Our housing support workers are on-site Monday to Friday (with an emergency on-call system at weekends) to offer day-to-day support, advice and guidance. Each tenant has an Outcomes Star support plan with regular reviews, and we work with tenants to develop their independent-living skills and their move-on plan.

Working in partnership
We operate this service in partnership with other services within Leeds. We work closely with housing providers, community mental health and rehabilitation support teams, Leeds City Council and Social Care. Working this way helps us provide a cohesive and consistent service delivery for each individual tenant.

Applications & referrals
Applications are invited from all sections of the community, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, and political or religious beliefs. All referrals will be channelled through Accommodation Gateway. General enquiries about the availability of tenancies can be made by individuals / self referrals, and mental health key workers directly to Catholic Care.