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Catholic Care believes in encouraging and supporting people with mental-health needs 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 range of services, including practical assistance.

Supported living

We provide supported-housing services in north-east Leeds for adults with mental-health issues, often with dual diagnosis and a history of substance misuse. We help them 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
We offer short-term tenancies (of up to 2 years) in a building owned by Leeds Federated Housing Association. There are tenancies for 10 adults with a range of enduring mental-health issues who have support needs. We follow the recovery model, supporting tenants in moving on to independent living in the community.

The accommodation
There are 10 fully self-contained 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 by the City of Leeds.

Our staff
We have a small and very committed staff team who go out of their way to improve our tenants’ quality of life and ensure they are helped to reach their full 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 a support plan with regular reviews, and we work with them to develop their independent-living skills and their move-on plan.

Working in partnership
We operate this service as complementary to other services within Leeds. As a result, we work closely with housing associations, community mental-health and rehabilitation support teams, and Leeds City Council Supporting People, Housing Options and Social Care. Working this way helps us to reduce red tape and deliver the best possible care for each individual.

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 Positive Pathways, led by Community Links, a single point of access for people requiring supported housing within Leeds. General enquiries about the appropriateness and availability of tenancies can be made by mental-health key workers directly to Catholic Care.