The support we provide
Outward provides supported housing for young people aged between 17 and 25 in Hackney through a contract with the London Borough of Hackney. Working closely with Hackney’s Children and Families team, our aim is to provide a safe and supportive home for care leavers, young unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) and young people at risk of homelessness.
There are 6 schemes within the service, some with shared facilities and a bedroom for each resident for more vulnerable young people who need greater levels of presence from colleagues, and 2 schemes with self-contained flats for young people who have lower needs and are almost ready to live independently. The schemes are located in Hackney Downs, Hackney Wick, Homerton and Clapton.
The aims of our support
Outward’s team follows these key principles – to uphold the rights of each person we support, encourage and promote independence, give choice at every opportunity and ensure inclusion in our service delivery.
Our support is tailored to meet each person’s individual needs and key areas of our work include supporting young people to:
- develop their life skills in order to sustain their tenancies
- learn the skills they need to move on to independent living in the community
- complete their education and professional training
- decide on their career choices and find work
- feel supported to explore and manage their physical and mental health
Our team works alongside the young people to support them with a range of needs and in close partnership with other agencies, with whom we act as advocates on our tenants’ behalf, such as social workers, Hackney Welfare Benefits team, grant giving agencies, therapeutic services and the Young Hackney Substance Misuse team.
Making a referral
The referral process is different depending on the type of service you need. Below you’ll find information for the different referral routes.
Alternatively you can browse our services to see the range of young people services we have on offer
Young People’s Supported Housing Pathway Panel
All applications are reviewed by the Young People’s Supported Housing Pathway Panel (made up of representatives from the Children & Families Team, Hackney’s Single Homeless Housing team and the supported housing providers) who offer each young person a place that will best meet their needs, taking geographical location and safeguarding issues into account.
Young People Leaving Care / UASC
Your Social Worker will assess your needs with you and, if this is the right option, put you forward for the Young People’s Supported Housing Pathway.