Leeds Housing Concern began as a charity in the 1970s providing housing and support for single homeless people. Now a highly successful organisation, we continue to develop new, often pioneering services for people struggling to cope with a broad range of issues including learning difficulties, drug abuse and domestic violence
LHC provides time limited supported housing, floating and community support services and a drop in service for people who are struggling to cope with a wide range of issues that include mental health, learning disabilities, drug and alcohol misuse, offending and domestic violence, with a view to them moving into independent accommodation and becoming socially included.
LHC is a dynamic organisation, which responds to the needs of vulnerable homeless and disadvantaged services users and seeks to promote their greater social inclusion. LHC offers a service that promotes dignity and independance for service users, which enables individuals to contribute to safer and stable communities.
We are a Leeds based service and aim to fulfil our mission statement by:
- Offering high quality, flexible and person-centred support services to people who are vulnerable and/or homeless.
- Promoting recovery by developing individual person centred and holistic support plans that have SMART aims and objectives with the client and supporting them to achieve their goals.
- Enabling clients to regain/maintain independence, self esteem and dignity.
- Encouraging client to develop a sustainable structure and pattern to their lives.
- Working co-operatively and in partnership with other agencies so as to promote independence living with an appropriate support network to enable this.
- Promoting social inclusion by actively encouraging and involving people in community services.
- Promoting client involvement and empowerment by encouraging active and real involvement by clients in service decision making thus encouraging ownership of the service by those who use it.
- Promoting staff training and knowledge by focusing on continual professional development using a variety of training methods and techniques.
- Promoting the dignity of and respecting the opinions of all people who use the organisations services.
The organisation has provided services in Leeds for more than 35 years, works with a broad range of client groups and has specialist services for women and men, people with mental health issues, substance misuse(both drug and alcohol), young people and BAME groups. We provide these services via supported housing schemes as well as floating and community support.
More specifically the organisation has a dedicated service for older people living with mental health issues that has been running since the mid 1970's and in that time has grown and developed from a church-hall based support group to a service with its own purpose built centre and that is widely viewed in Leeds as a model of best practice. Services are delivered in a range of settings that include groups run from the centre and ones which are held in various community settings and the service works in partnership with a wide variety of statutory and third sector agencies.