The Single Access Point is a specialist homelessness prevention service which works with 16 and 17 year old young people who are having difficulties where they are living.
For 16/17 year olds in Oadby and Wigston
Jasmine Kersey - Single Access Point Assessor - 07720 680 470
Helen Howson - Housing Services Manager - 01509 363 146
The Salvation Army Leicester South, LadySmith Road, South Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 4UZ
When a young is person having problems where they are living it is important that they come to the Single Access Point as soon as possible. 16/17 year olds may drop in to see a Single Access Point Worker or agencies may refer to us.
9.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday
If the young person is either 16 or 17 AND they live in Oadby and Wigston
They have expressed difficulties at home.
They have been threatened with exclusion from home/ they have already been excluded from home.
They have indicated there is violence at home and they are unable to return.
The young person is exposed to two or more of the following risk factors (these may lead to future housing problems, where we have the capacity we would work to prevent the situation escalating)
Complete a referral form, and email it to talk2SAP@bridgehousingservices.com and or telephone a member of the Single Access Point team on 07720 680 470. If the 16/17 year old is with you we can speak to them to make an appointment with them directly.
You may refer a 16/17 year old to the Single Access Point or we may well refer some young people to you. If the young person agrees we may share the CAF based Needs Assessment and Action Plan with you so that you have maximum useful background information. We will agree with you which service is going to provide support for each of the young person’s needs and encourage them to take responsibility for attending appointments. The aim is to build on what has already been working successfully – for instance we have found that keeping in close contact with our partner agencies such as Connexions when we are working with the same young person has regularly let to successful outcomes for all involved.
If a 16/17 year old has a place in supported accommodation but is close to being evicted we can carry out preventive work by speaking to the individual and working through the consequences of their actions to provide and external reality check. The Bridge has worked with accommodation providers before to build agreements about what changes will enable the young person to keep their accommodation.
Yes, in the normal ways – unless your client is 16/17. In this case refer to the Single Access Point who will identify which other services to involve.
The Single Access Point will endeavor to help the young person to avoid using temporary accommodation which is often highly unsuitable for their needs and regularly causes many further problems. However, we can refer 16/17 year olds to Housing and Children’s Services when appropriate.