Sinclair provides a accommodation-based and floating support for current drug users. Sinclair's ethos is one of harm-reduction and it does this by multi agency partnerships.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of the scheme is to house and support both men and women over the age of 16 safely within the community, who are experiencing housing problems due to drugs. This is achieved by providing a high standard of accommodation together with support tailored to each individual’s needs.
We attempt to achieve this by providing:
- Assured Shorthold Tenancies
- A good standard of furnished accommodation that is equipped with a washing machine and other domestic appliances where possible.
- Information and advice, informal counselling and support around drug related issues.
- Financial support with a planned move on.
- Help and advice on DSS, housing, and employment issues.
- Access to other services.
- Liaison with other professional agencies.
- Support tailored to individual needs.
- Key working system.
The strategic aim of the scheme is one of harm reduction.
Although abstinence / cessation from drug use may be desirable, it may not be attainable in the short term. Recognizing this reality, Sinclair have adopted a harm reduction approach. This seeks to work practically and safely with the issues involved. This approach assists the users by encouraging safer practices with their drug use, which reduces risks to individual health and also promotes responsibility to community safety. We have strong links with the drug agencies throughout Leeds and are able to help clients gain access to those services. It is important to note that the responsibility for a change in behaviour rests solely with the client. By adopting harm reduction strategies we are providing people with the opportunity to contemplate change. Our intention is to create an environment that enables people with drug related difficulties to overcome and/or manage them and begin to live healthy, crime free lives again. In line with LHC’s mission, we would also seek to reduce the social exclusion felt by many that use drugs.
Sinclair mostly provides accommodation based support with the opportunity to provide floating support to a small number of service users. Most of Sinclair’s residents are granted Assured Shorthold Tenancies for a fixed 6-month term. All tenancies are reviewed at 6 months and are then renewable for further term as necessary. The Service operates a key worker and support planning system and will coordinate individual support packages drawing in expertise from various external agencies as appropriate. Residents can receive our services for up to a two year period. and will receive help to identify suitable accommodation when they are ready to move to independent living. We offer practical assistance with the actual move on and service users are encouraged to maintain contact during the initial stage of their move to support their success within their new tenancy.
Conditions & Referrals
Applicants for housing at Sinclair must be men or women over the age of 16, single, active drug users, or on a drug programme, homeless or in housing need, for instance, following release from a custodial sentence.
Referrals are accepted from a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies. Initial contact is usually by a telephone call to the project. A comprehensive assessment is carried out immediately on the basis of support need and risk, by inviting the referral for an interview with a Housing Support Worker and a visit to the scheme. If a referral is assessed as appropriate and a vacancy exists, accommodation can be offered. Where a vacancy does not exist, the referral will be placed on the waiting list for consideration when a vacancy becomes available.
Where a referral request has been refused and the applicant or their referrer is not satisfied with the reasons give, they have the right to appeal the decision. Appeals should be made in writing within 10 working days of receipt of the written decision. Once received an appeals meeting will be arranged within five working days chaired by a Senior Manager at which the applicant and their referrer have the opportunity to state why they disagreed with the decision. An appeal decesion will be made within three working days.
Staff and Management
The service is staffed by a Scheme Manager and Housing Support Workers. Staff are available 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday. The Scheme Manager is responsible to a Senior Manager who is based at LHC's Central Office.
Postal Address: 6 Middleton Crescent, Leeds LS11 6JU
Telephone: (0113) 277 7227
Fax: (0113) 277 5510
Scheme Manager: Mia Cameron
Senior Manager: Jenn Bravo