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CAYSH

Referral address

Drop in Zone
Turnaround Centre
51-55 South End
Croydon
CR0 1BF

Phone

020 8760 5530

Fax

020 8680 9959

Email

diz@caysh.org

Website

www.caysh.org

 

Who the project is for ^ back to top

Target group

Young single homeless people aged 16-25, including those with low to medium support needs around independent living skills. Must have a Croydon connection (eg born, lived or been at school in the borough, family or relatives living there).

Will not accept

Young people with dependents. Those with a conviction for serious violence, sexual offences or arson. Those with "an active criminal lifestyle". Those with drug or alcohol dependencies.

Age
Minimum16
Maximum25
Average19

How to get in ^ back to top

Referral agencies

Accept referrals from any agency via Drop In Zone (details above). Most referrals come from Croydon agencies, including YMCA Croydon and CHAS. Also accept referrals from prison via YOT worker (phone: 020 8404 5834).

Referral procedure

Applicants should check website to ensure Drop In Zone is open before calling in to arrange an appointment. Application form. Initial housing advice interview. Further interview if criteria met. May require background information.

Waiting list

No waiting list.

Vacancies

Contact project.

Length of stay
Minimum6 months
Maximum2 years
Average18 months

Staffing and support ^ back to top

Support services

Staff visit projects a minimum of 2-3 times a week. Care plan, support plan, and keyworking sessions at least monthly. Staff act as advocates, provide informal counselling and help residents access specialist services. Residents expected to participate in planned programme of activities and may move from shared housing to the more independent bedsits and flats.

Access to move-on

Staff help residents with planned move-on following a mutually agreed programme. Provide up to 6 months follow-up support.

Accommodation ^ back to top

Total spaces

150 In 50+ buildings: shared houses, s/c flats and bedsits.

Rooms

Single: 150
£5.95-£18.59pw required from residents receiving benefits.

Facilities
FurnishingsRooms fully furnished, with washbasins and fridges.
Other facilitiesSome houses have lounges and gardens.
FoodSelf catering.
Disabled facilitiesNone.

Rules and policies ^ back to top

House rules and tenure

Smoking allowed in own rooms only. Assured shorthold tenancy.

Resident access

Own key, no access restrictions.

Visitors

Must be accompanied at all times. Can stay overnight with staff permission.

User participation

House meetings every 6 weeks covering maintenance, house rules, domestic issues and any problems. Residents' survey carried out every 2 years. Written consultation, feedback and involvement policy.

Volunteering and donations ^ back to top

Volunteering

Accept volunteers. Phone project on 020 8667 0500 or email info@caysh.org for further information.

Donations

Phone project on 020 8667 0500 or email info@caysh.org for details.

Further information ^ back to top

CAYSH also runs a Supported Lodgings Scheme, for 150 young people aged 16-25 in acute housing need who have a Croydon connection. For more information about the Supported Lodgings Scheme call 020 8683 5173.

Public transport

Office: Thornton Heath train station - 15 mins walk.