16 plus and Mentoring Services

16 Plus and Mentoring Services is a division of Living Waters Services offering supported individual packages to Young people aged 16-25 years old and mentoring to children of any age.

With our 16 Plus service we recognise the benefit for young people to experience mentoring, support and guidance from adults in developing their own independence skills and self-reliance. Therefore we offer a variety of packages including, accommodation, individual tailored support hours, mentoring, advocacy and guidance for education, training, development and housing applications.

We work with statutory bodies, parents and others with parental responsibility to assist our young people to develop their self-care and independent living skills, self-reliance and decision making appropriate to their age and encourage opportunities to gain independence.

We currently offer different packages, including shared accommodation, individual supported accommodation, sleep-in staff and mentoring in young people’s own accommodation (which can be provided to children of any age.)

Our 16 plus service aims to provide a positive experience for young people as they grow and develop into young adults. In doing so we provide opportunities to nature basic life skills and knowledge that they’ll need in order to be able to live fully independently.

Our 16 Plus service is committed to helping young people who are moving towards making the transition to independent living. Supported by a strong experienced staff team our 16 Plus service engages continually to meet the expressed needs of the young people.

Our ultimate aim for our 16 Plus Young People is to enable them to live totally independently; to sustain their own tenancy and be a responsible member of the community, while achieving their dreams.

Our Objectives:

  • To deliver flexible, attentive and a non-discriminatory support service while respecting each child’s right to independence, privacy, dignity, fulfilment;
  • The right to make informed choices and to take age-appropriate risks;
  • To ensure that each child’s needs and values are respected in matters of religion, culture, race or ethnic origin, sexuality and sexual orientation, political affiliation, and disabilities or impairments;
  • To ensure that the Support Service in whole is delivered in accordance with agreed Contracts for Support;
  • To manage and implement a formal programme of staff planning, selection, recruitment, training and personal development to enable children’s support needs to be met;
  • To manage the Support Service efficiently and effectively to make best use of resources and to maximise value for money for the Service User;
  • To foster an atmosphere of support with young people, which enables and encourages personal choice, achievement, independence, diversity, empowerment, personal rights and overall well-being;
  • To offer skilled care to enable people supported by us to achieve their optimum state of physical and mental health and well-being;
  • Treat all young people supported by us and all people who work here with respect at all times);
  • Recognise the individual uniqueness of Service Users, staff and visitors, and treat them with dignity and respect at all times;
  • Respect individual requirements for privacy at all times and treat all information relating to individuals in a confidential manner.
  • Recognise the individual need for personal fulfilment and offer an individualised programme of meaningful activity to satisfy the needs of the young people.

Our 16 plus service offers placements to young people leaving care between the ages of 16 and 25 years old.

The following packages of support are offered:

  • Low level support package: Accommodation and 6 Hours
  • Medium level support packages: Accommodation and 10 hours
  • High level support packages: Accommodation and 15 hours
  • Intensive support packages: Accommodation and evening and or overnight support hours.
  • Emergency placements
  • Mother and baby placements

In addition to the above we are able to offer tailor made support packages as requested by the referring officer to suit the needs of each individual young person referred. If you do not see what you require please ask.

Living Waters Services recognises the obstacles and challenges that face young people as they prepare to leave local authority care and make transition into independence and adulthood.

We believe that providing young people with positive role models and empathetic, dedicated experienced Keyworkers, we can equip them with the independent living skills required to thrive in the wider community.

We will specifically focus our work with young people in the following areas:

  • Providing good quality accommodation in studio/one or two bedroom flats
  • Budgeting Skills
  • Home Care Skills (e.g. Shopping, Cooking, Cleaning)
  • Accessing/Managing Education or Work
  • Challenging anti-social behaviour
  • Managing relationships
  • Overcoming boredom and isolation
  • Self identity
  • Self care skills

Here at Living Waters Services we know that many care leavers have experienced trauma in their lives. Moreover, we recognise that they will make mistakes as we all do. Our organisation is fully committed to working with young people in times of both calm and crisis, to allow them every opportunity to fulfil their potential as young adults.

The Social Worker or Placements officer telephones Living Waters Services for an Initial Consultation.

  • Living waters Services then sends out the referral form to be completed and returned by the Social Worker.
  • Whenever possible, a three way meeting will then be arranged between the Social Worker, Living Waters Services Keyworker/or practise supervisor and the young Person.
  • The Living Waters Services representative explains to the young person what we offer and how we work including a thorough explanation of the rules and regulations.
  • The Young Person is asked to sign the Young persons agreement which list our expectations of the young persons conduct whilst placed with Living Waters Services.
  • The placement plan is agreed and signed by all parties.
  • The work will commence on the agreed start date.

NB: This referral procedure will only be bypassed when emergency placements are requested.

On the agreed date the young person and his/her belongings will be collected by a Living Waters Services representative at the agreed time and location and transported to the Placement where they will be met by the Keyworker who will spend the next couple of hours getting to know the young person whilst they are out shopping for essential items for the flat / bedroom.

The Young person and his/her keyworker will negotiate and agree days and times for keywork sessions to take place.

The keyworker will carry out an initial assessment covering all areas of the child’s developmental needs as identified in the Department Of Health assessment framework paying particular attention to self care and independent living skills.

The young person and keyworker will work towards meeting the objectives identified in the care plan and the Social worker will receive a monthly written progress report which the young person will have had an opportunity to read and add his/her comments to before signing.