Settle is a social enterprise that supports homeless young people moving into their first home. Rich Grahame & Katie Slee are the co-founders of Settle who will be running their pilot from March 2015.
This week we are starting our pilot in partnership with Origin Housing, where we will be working with 10 homeless young people moving into Enfield Single Housing.
Many homeless young people lack the skills needed to live independently. A report commissioned by Crisis found that 61% of homeless young people have no experience of living by themselves and often struggle to manage their tenancies. This can lead to eviction and repeat homelessness, which can have devastating consequences for the individual.
Settle offers a practical solution to this problem. We provide mentoring during the first 3 months of a homeless young person’s new tenancy, to support them during this difficult transition. Our aim is to equip them with the skills needed to live independently and help them move towards a brighter future.
When the young person moves into their new home, we meet with them and discuss their concerns and aspirations around living on their own. We provide them with a welcome pack that contains a set of useful tools and resources that are designed to help them manage their tenancy. The welcome pack includes: a calendar, tenancy guide, recipe book, folder and practical worksheets.
The Settle welcome pack
Over the next 3 months, we work through our curriculum with the young person, covering four key areas: money, tenancy, wellbeing and community. These sessions are practical so that the young person is always learning by doing; whether they are learning how to cook a cheap and healthy meal, or putting together a monthly budget.
We will also deliver group workshops for residents who are preparing to move out and run a range of extra-curricular activities, from basketball to cooking classes.