OpenMinds Social Care Ltd,
Southbridge House, Southbridge Place,
Croydon, CR0 4HA

Young Persons Project

Young Persons Project

What’s the need?

In working with adults, we have responded also to the children and young people who struggle daily with their mental and emotional health. We believe that early targeted and assertive support and intervention for young people Provides better outcomes and reduces the risk of a long term illness.

Our Young Persons project provides a warm, supportive and homely semi-independent environment which is 24-hour staffed where young people can develop resilience whilst acquiring the core life skills they need to ease their transition into adulthood.

The house consists of 5 individual bedrooms, a modern kitchen, a large lounge/games room, garden and a dedicated therapeutic room/safe space.  Individual bedrooms are decorated to a high standard as is the rest of the house. It is located in a tree lined residential area and a 5-minute walk to Addiscombe Tram Stop which takes you directly into East Croydon in less than 10 minutes. East Croydon boasts direct links in to London Bridge (12 mins) and London Victoria (19 mins). Croydon College is 10 minutes from Addiscombe tram stop along with other local amenities. The Home has internet access, is near a library and internet cafes. Magazines of interest are purchased regularly as well as board games.  Young persons are allowed electronic equipment including TV’s and stereos in their rooms, if these are played at a reasonable level.

Who is it for?

Young people who are:

  • aged 16-21
  • deemed vulnerable, including care leavers
  • experiencing some form of mental distress and in need of early intervention and support.
  • considered vulnerable because of CSE, bullying, parental mental health or self-harming.

What support do we offer in the Project?

  • 1-2-1 Key working Support
  • Support with registering at local GP and other allied primary Health and community services
  • Intensive support which includes therapeutic interventions by staff.
  • Advocacy and liaison with CAMHS, and active promotion of engagement with all services working with young people. (Health Education, Medical)
  • Access to ETE- Providing opportunities to volunteer and work experience placements.
  • Access to an independent visitor.
  • Therapeutic Support and interventions.
  • We offer a therapeutic provision where young people can have access to trained therapists/counsellor. There is a dedicated therapeutic room within the home that can be used by young people during their one to one sessions. We also invite its use by external providers with the young people (such as CAMHS)
  • Weekly residents meeting.
  • Developing group living and skills of engagement.
  • An environment that is therapeutic.
  • Daily Routines including maintaining personal Hygiene
  • Maintaining a clean and safe environment
  • Support to acquire budgeting skills.
  • Reflecting on conduct and behaviour and reduction of offending behaviour
  • Socialising and community integration
  • Support to access welfare benefits.
  • Independent living skills support.
  • Activities and Leisure: Recreational activities are arranged as soon as possible after admission in line with individual care plans including membership at the local Leisure Centre; where swimming, gymnasium, basketball, badminton. Local football teams serve the communities of Croydon well.

Additional community services that can be offered by the Young Persons Service include:

  • Outreach/ Floating / Family support.
  • Appropriate adult services at the Police Station.
  • Escort services: OpenMinds provides the safe and secure movement and transportation of young people to and from placements, appointments, pick up from police stations, health or medical appointments.

Make a referral

We encourage referrals from a wide variety of people including:

  • Self-Referrals
  • Community mental health teams
  • GPs
  • Friends and family
  • Hospitals
  • Supported housing providers
  • Any other service providers
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