Moving Forward Project What is Moving Forward? ARKRS Moving Forward Project is an innovative Project co-commissioned by Haringey council and National Probation Service to accommodate and support 25 service users over 12-18 months. The support will help to prepare to transition from prison back into the diverse communities of the London Borough of Haringey. The project aims to support these service users with move-on provision for long-term sustainable accommodation. This is to be delivered alongside transition housing (provided by ARKRS), so they have stability during the initial transition out of prison. What are the main objectives of Moving Forward? a. To provide a high-quality accommodation and support for service users transitioning from prison into the community.b. To be proactive in assessing the needs of the service user and develop support and risk management plans that are outcome-focused and clearly documented.c. To work in partnership with statutory agencies such as Health, Housing, Social Care, the Police and Probation, to ensure continued engagement with services, compliance with statutory orders, community orders and licenses, and plan for independence.d. To reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol use by supporting residents to engage in recovery services, rehab and detox programmes as well as peer support interventions.e. To promote health and wellbeing in all aspects of support, promoting smoking cessation, immunisations, and sexual health awareness wherever possible.f. To provide support for clients to develop, strengthen and rebuild positive relationships with family members, neighbours, and friends.g. To support service users to access meaningful occupation and or training activities/events, including educational opportunities particularly in relation to literacy, numeracy and IT Skills. What are the Criteria and how do I go to referrer someone to the project? The service is for single homeless adults over the age of 18, known to Haringey Council and National Probation Service (NPS). Single point of access: the service will receive referrals from the NPS who will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s needs, assets and risks, NPS will ensure the information is accurate and up to date and sent in a timely manner and service users have a local connection to Haringey. Referrals and move on will be discussed on a fortnightly basis with ARKRS and NPS Lead. If a referral is refused by the service provider, reasons for refusal will be clearly documented and shared with the referrer. The service will provide specialist support to individuals disproportionality affected by the criminal justice system. When necessary, it should look to prioritise individuals, who are exiting gangs or have affiliations due to the additional risks faced. FAQs 1. When referring someone to the project do I use the same ARKRS standard referral or is there a different form? Yes, you did guess it right. In order to refer someone to the moving forward project you will need to email [email protected] and request for a moving forward pathway referral. Once we receive your referral we will then forward the application to the London Probation Service to VET the person being referred, and upon receiving back with a green light to proceed, we would then invite your referee to an assessment interview. 2. Do I need to be on licence to be referred to Moving Forward? If you are being referred by the London Probation service; the short answer is yes. However, those being referred by the Haringey council won’t need to be on licence to be housed through the Moving forward Pathway. 3. What happens to me if my licence expires before the end of my tenancy? It depends on who referred you to the service. If you have been referred by the London Probation Service, you will need to vacate the premises 28 days before the end of your license and we would work with you to find you an alternative accommodation. We can refer you to a PRS scheme or move you into one of our ARKRS properties. This condition does not apply for those referred by the Haringey council. 4. Would I be able to overstay my tenancy? Unfortunately, that won’t be possible. The project covers a maximum of 18 months and by this stage we would expect you to be ready to move into a more independent living. Most of the people referred to the Moving forward project do not stay with us for more than 6 months, by then they have already gone into employment or full-time education.