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United Welsh - Prep Project


Housing Association
Aims & Objectives:
Prep provides accommodation to men and women who are homeless or inappropriately housed and who have additional support needs, such as mental health problems, drug and alcohol problems, learning difficulties, physical disabilities and older people. Referrals are only accepted from people aged over 18 and who have no dependent children living with them.

Prep is committed to providing a holistic and individual service, working towards empowerment and independence by way of mutually agreed support plans. All tenants are encouraged to do things for themselves, including budgeting, menu planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, socialising and accessing community activities. Tenants can receive support from staff with benefit entitlements, etc. Where necessary, staff also advocate and mediate for tenants.
Four of the projects are temporary, the maximum length of stay being 2 years. Prep will aim to identify and secure suitable permanent accommodation and provide practical support and assistance moving on (to obtain household items, connect amenities, etc.). Resettlement support can be provided for an agreed time once individuals have moved into permanent accommodation, to ensure maintenance of tenancy and the well being of the tenant.

Staff and clients work in conjunction with other professionals, including social work teams, district nurses, CPN's, further education/training agencies, housing agencies, and day centres.

Prep 184 - is a shared 4-bed house in Grangetown, Cardiff for people with medium to high support needs. The aim of Prep 184 is to provide a homely, relaxed atmosphere in which tenants can develop towards independent living. Tenants at Prep 184 often move on to more independent Prep projects to promote independence gradually.

Tenants share a bathroom, lounge, kitchen, dining area, utility room, garden and garage.

Staff are available here 7 days a week, 9:30am - 5pm, with a 24-hour emergency on call system for when staff are not on the premises. The Prep office is based here.

PREP 197, 40, and 53 - This consists of 9 self-contained furnished flats and 1 bedsit in Grangetown and Llandaff for tenants with medium support needs. Staff provide support in tenants' homes via a keywork system, although reactive support is also provided. Tenants also have access to the emergency on-call system. The aim of Prep 40 is to prepare tenants to move on to independent accommodation.

PREP 21 - This consists of a 3 bed shared house in Rumney, Cardiff, for tenants with low support needs. This accommodation is permanent, although tenants may move on if they desire or no longer have support needs. Tenants share a lounge, kitchen, bathroom, garage/games room and there is a fourth bedroom used as an office or private room for visitors.

Tenancy Sustainment Team - The team provides ongoing support to Prep tenants who have moved on to independent accommodation. This is via a keywork system and aimed at assisting tenants to maintain their tenancies independently.
Referrals to Prep are accepted from individuals, agencies and other organisations.
If you require further information or to make a referral, please contact the Prep team:

Telephone:  029 2064 1490
E-mail: prep@uwha.co.uk 
Added April 2006


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