ForHousing helps Jamie develop the skills he needs to live in his first home

Jamie had been living in a care facility for young people in Eccles, Salford.

The 17-year-old has autism and has support workers who provide care for him. Whilst Jamie has a positive relationship with his mother, they found living together in their family home challenging. When moving into his new place he was concerned he may not be able to live nearby.

As he approached his 18th birthday, one of his support workers contacted ForHousing to see if we could help him Jamie find a home of his own.

A partnership between Salford City Council’s Leaving Care service and ForHousing means that support can continue for care leavers until they reach 25 years old.

Currently, care leavers have to make a homeless application to get a tenancy and find themselves more at risk of issues such as homelessness, crime or addiction.

It was clear that Jamie needed help not only to secure his own home, but to develop the skills he would need to be remain living there successfully.

We enrolled Jamie on our Resettlement Passport programme, an online learning course which enables young people to gain the skills and confidence they need to manage and run a home.

Jamie successfully completed the course, demonstrating that he would be able to live alone in his own home. He finished the course very quickly, showing his massive enthusiasm and commitment to settling into a place of his own.

Because he was worried where he would move to, we made Jamie two separate offers at the same time, allowing him to choose where his new home would be.

He was really pleased to be able to move into a home closer to his Mother, with their houses only a short walking distance away. We also worked with Jamie to decorate and furnish his new space.

Craig from ForHousing said: “Jamie’s life has completely changed. He has his own home and is sustaining his tenancy.

“He has gained experience in dealing with professionals and has learned valuable life lessons from the online course.

We couldn’t be happier to have Jamie as a ForHousing tenant, and we’ll continue to offer him any support he may need in the future.”