Amicus Procedures and Policies
Procedures for supported accommodation
Eligibility Criteria You must be between the ages of 16 and 65, be registered as Homeless and have a local connection to the area that the project you are applying to is based in.
The Application Process
When a person is referred to Amicus Trust or approaches Amicus Trust, you follow 2 simple steps to apply for a place in one of our projects:
- Register as Homeless with your local Authority
- Complete Application form (please see download section or call for form)
The Amicus Trust Single Assessment Application Form which asks details about your current situation and support needs. It also includes an equal opportunities form.
This form assists Amicus Trust monitoring process. Once you have completed the Application Form, your details are also entered into our own Client Monitor system, which allows us to easily manage your application for services across Bedfordshire and process your data centrally.
- References If our eligibility criteria is met, two references will be obtained, one from a professional person, and the other from someone who knows the individual personally. Both referees must have known the applicant for at least six (recent) months.
- Interview Once satisfactory references have been obtained, the individual will be asked to attend an interview with two Project Workers. This interview is to ascertain the individual’s plans and gives the opportunity to ask questions.
- Offer of Accommodation If successful, the individual will be offered accommodation and a move-in date will be arranged.
- Move In- If you were successful, when you move in you will receive and induction to help you settle in and the Support Process then starts.
- For Information on the Induction Process (please see download section or call for form)
- For Information on the Support Process (please see download section or call for form)
Unfortunately, due to the high number of individuals who apply for accommodation with Amicus Trust, applicants may have to be placed on a waiting list.
All applicants who apply for accommodation will be notified of their progress on the waiting list on a monthly basis.
How to Apply
Complete the Single Assessment Application Form and return a signed copy to the contact details provided on the ‘Contact Us’ . Alternatively, come to our Head Office Address and a member of staff will be willing to assist you to the complete the form.
What is expected from you?
Continuous Development Programme
Each Service User is expected to attend regular meetings whereby they would create and work on a Continuous Development Programme to help resolve or manage the issues which may have contributed to or be associated with them becoming homeless.
Continuous Development is the process by which an individual improves themselves, for the good of the individual and others. This could include improving self-awareness, life skills or knowledge, improving potential or enhancing quality of life etc.
You are required to pay a personal contribution each week towards living costs. These costs include heating, lighting and cleaning materials. You are expected to pay your personal contribution with money received through your benefits or wages. Please note that your rent can increase during your stay with us. We will inform you of the increase in advance
The Supported Accommodation Process
Each Supported Accommodation has a staff team consisting of Housing project workers and an assistant.
Continuous Development Programmes (CDP) Amicus Trust residents attend Continuous Development sessions once a week with their Housing project worked to review and discuss meeting their CDP.
In these meetings the resident will work with their Housing project worker to set and meet targets and goals. This means that the resident and housing worker will look at; how to improve and develop skills, what aims the service user has and a referral to our Stepping Stones Project and Life Skills Officer.
The client will then work towards reaching the set targets and goals, and will discuss their progress in regular meetings.
Three Month CDP Review
After a client has been staying in one of our Supported Accommodations for three months, a review will take place to reassess the progress of the client against the overall goals set in the CDP. This review will include comments from the client, Housing Project Worker, Supervisor and the Outreach services. The client will also be asked to complete a Questionnaire. This questionnaire is designed to monitor the quality of our services.
When a client feel they are ready, they can work on a resettlement plan. This means that their project worker will help and guide them with making plans to secure their own accommodation. Their housing support worker will help them execute this plan and secure the accommodation they need. This is a big step to living independently.
When a client moves out from our accommodation, they are given the opportunity of resettlement support for up to six months. For monitoring purposes Amicus Trust requests that the service user receiving resettlement support completes a support in the community questionnaire Exit Review: An exit review is carried out with the service user to review the support that has been given whilst living within the Supported Accommodation. A ‘Moving on Questionnaire’ is completed by the service user. This questionnaire helps us to monitor how efficient and effective the service has been.
Accessing our accommodation
Applying for a place with Amicus Trust:
We will consider all who apply for a room in our communal houses on an individual basis. There is a waiting list for our rooms, therefore we will take your details through the application process and contact you when a room becomes available. All are welcome to apply and we never refuse people without a compelling reason.
For more information please contact contact us