Addictions North East (ANE) Supported Housing Project has operated in County Durham and Sunderland since 2016.
Our first house was purchased by Addictions UK for our use. We currently manage a range of residential properties which are offered to service users requiring a range of multi-disciplinary services to address complex needs with addiction, mental health, neurodiverse conditions and homelessness as the main reasons for assistance.
For the first three years of delivering supported housing services ANE worked exclusively with males and offered shared housing and single occupancy licences to occupy our houses who have complex health addiction problems – both substance use and behavioural, relationship breakdown, trauma and various mental health and neurodiverse conditions such anxiety, depression, personality disorders etc.
We have now evolved our service delivery offering Women’s only services and family accommodation. Increasing levels of domestic violence, addictions, and other complex needs have required us to respond with more resources for this fast-growing group of the most vulnerable service users.
Our trustees have agreed that ANE should concentrate on offering services to those clients who require the most intense levels of support and therapeutic services based on abstinence wellbeing. The women we accommodate, and support have complex health, child welfare, family and relationship breakdown, offending behaviour, historic abuse, addiction, childhood trauma / self-harm.
We offer shared accommodation – a maximum of two persons per house. We also offer single occupancy to those who require such a dwelling – moving on to their own houses after a period of sharing is encouraged. Family accommodation is also offered. Single people with childcare responsibilities would not be offered shared accommodation for safeguarding reasons.
What is the criteria for being accepted into the ANE Housing Support Project?
- A demonstrable commitment to abstinence
- Satisfactory completion of a referral form
- Psychological Evaluations forms completed
- Agree to the Rules and Regulations
- Face to Face meeting arranged and drug/alcohol test administered (one-week clean time minimum)
Outcome advised after ANE Internal discussions with Staff / Management.
The services we provide
ANE provide the following comprehensive range of assistance to our Supported Housing Service Users:
- Regular structured remote and face to face therapeutic sessions,
- Counselling, Psychotherapy and Advice services,
- Welfare Benefit Advice Support and Advocacy Services,
- Support through Fareshare and ANE food purchases,
- Breakfast and Lunch Clubs,
- Remote and Face to Face 1-1 Therapeutic Sessions,
- 24/7 helpline,
- Family / Friends Support Service
- Help with setting up a new tenancy and dealing with the various housing management considerations
- Budgeting guidance and help with daily living skills
- Support with basic life skills, including prompting and supervision
- Routine, goal and boundary setting
- Information and signposting on local services and amenities
- Regular Review / Consultation / Monitoring,
- Diagnostic / Formulations for Required reporting / Legal and Right’s needs,
- Key Worker supervision,
- Service User involvement at ANE meetings and training
- Training in a range of topics with own programmes and outsourced programmes
- Attendance at Mutual Aid Meetings
- Arts / creative writing support services
- Support sessions with Infinite Autism personnel
Adapting to Covid-19
We have increased the level of remote services due to the coronavirus pandemic as many of our clients have underlying health conditions and are deemed to be the most vulnerable.
We have housing hubs in Consett, Chester le Street and East Durham. We can use a variety of platforms to suit needs such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams and our own system for remote communication to ensure client and staff safety.
Currently we have 34 beds in 23 houses and our Trustees are committed to increasing this service because of increased demands from new service users.