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Rush House

To provide a range of accommodation and support services to homeless young people, ages 16 to 25 to ensure that they acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to access housing and other services and live more independent lives.

Rush House has 26 years of experience of providing a range of quality accommodation. The project has an extensive range of partnership and working arrangements with statutory and voluntary organisations to support young people to ensure that they achieve their potential

The accommodation services include shared rooms in direct access provision, single self contained bedsit accommodation, shared 2 bedroomed houses and single flats dispersed throughout the borough.

Support services are delivered by a skilled and experienced staff team and are geared to the ECM agenda and include: individual needs assessment and support planning process, life skills and independence training, help to access EET, accredited courses, confidence building, physical/mental/sexual health, support advice and guidance.
 

Services

Rush House provides a range of accommodation services to young people aged 16-25, who are homeless, inappropriately housed or seeking accommodation with support. Support services are geared to the Every Child Matters Agenda and include life skills and independence training, help to access education, accreditation, employment or training, literacy and numeracy support, confidence building, physical, mental and sexual health, healthy eating,  and relationships

Partnership working

1) Health Action Zone health worker.  Partners were NCH Children’s. Homes and NOMAD residential project.  The organisations employed a  health worker to provide a range of health services to care leavers and  homeless young people who found it difficult to access mainstream  primary health care.  Through the success of this seven year partnership,  the health worker took the lead in the development of the Rotherham  Gate.

2) Setting up of Ricochet – Rush House raised the money through grant funding which is now mainstream provision.

3) Took the lead partner role in delivering the Connexions contract for the Voluntary sector in Rotherham. Managing the contract and 2 PA'S on behalf of 7 other Voluntary sector partners supporting young people into EET

 

Comments from beneficiaries & partners

“Thank you for Rush House showing me how to live my life in a different way” – Keeley

“The first night I stayed at Rush House was the first night I’d had a proper nights sleep because I felt safe” - Chloe

“I get lots of support from staff, they help me to do reading and gardening, and writing and do my English and maths, and they help me sort my benefits out!”
 - Vicky

“I really like Rush House because I get on with all the staff and residents. I also get all the help and support off staff whenever I need it.
Being in Rush house makes me happy as I am always surrounded by people that are willing to keep me company.
And... Getting into Rush makes me feel like I finally belong
 

Every Child Matters Outcomes

Stay Safe

From Accidents
The involvement of young people in Health and Safety checks at premises,‘Staying Safe’group work sessions

From maltreatment, abuse or exploitation
Protection from abuse, code of conduct, exploitation Whistle blowing, Complaints, Harassment,other policies.

From violence
Protection from abuse, code of conduct, exploitation Whistle blowing, Complaints, Harassment,other policies.

From bullying and discrimination
Through the operation of a comprehensive range of policies and procedures

From crime or anti-social behaviour
Through the operation of a comprehensive range of policies and procedures

Be Healthy

Be physically healthy
Register with GP’s and Dentists Health worker drop ins Healthy eating support and training

Be emotionally or mentally healthy
Work with community Mental Health Team

Be sexually healthy
Sexual health group work sessions

Have a healthy lifestyle
Healthy Eating Sessions

Choose not to take drugs
Networking and dropin arrangements with Know the Score

Enjoy and Achieve

Be ready for school
Supporting young people to remain in school, links with schools and colleges to resolve issues.

Attend and enjoy school
Supporting young people to maintain attendance and removing barriers

Enjoy recreation
Activities programmes;residential week ends.

Achieve Economic Wellbeing

Engage in further education, employment and training
Access appropriate benefits, Accredited training provision in house. Through support of PA’s.

Be ready for employment
Through accredited training courses run by Rush House. CV development and interview techniques.

Live in decent homes and communities
Provided by Rush House in partnership with SYHA & 2010, main priority

Access transport and material goods
Rush House provides bus passes for young people to attend interviews etc. Rush House will also help to provide appropriate clothing

Live in households free from low income
Provide support to reduce overall debt – also link into CAB and deliver group work sessions

Make a Positive Contribution

Engage in decision-making
Encourage YP to participate in focus groups, complete questionnaires, become involved in the recruitment process

Support the community or environment
Train and support young people to volunteer in schools – Romania, Tasmania. Garden Project, groundwork Sheffield

Choose not to offend, re-offend or engage in anti-social behaviour
Support Young People to comply with statutory orders

Choose not to bully or discriminate
Group work sessions around awareness raising of bullying how to deal with it and process’s within Rush House

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Company Limited by Guarantee No: 3022267.
Registered Charity No: 1044911.

Contact Details

18 Lindum Terrace,
Doncaster Road,
Rotherham S65 1NJ
T: 01709 838961 or 01709 369295
E: rwilson@rushhouse.co.uk
W: http://rushhouse.co.uk/

Geographical area served

  • Wentworth North
  • Wentworth South
  • Wentworth Valley
  • Rotherham North
  • Rotherham South
  • Rother Valley West
  • Rother Valley South

Age ranges served

  • 16-19
  • 19-25 (for young people with disabilities and special needs)

Staff

Rush House employs 26 staff.

Youth work qualifications, Degrees, Higher Degrees, Social Work Qualifications

Volunteers

Rush House has 26 volunteers.

Beneficiaries

During the past financial year, we have worked with 110 young single homeless and young people at risk, providing Accommodation, Support, Connexions PA services.

Strengths

• 26 years of experience in delivering services in Rotherham – local knowledge and strong network and partnership arrangements. • Skilled and committed management team and staff team. • Stable funding, and a sound reputation for delivering a quality service. • An excellent understanding of the issues facing young people. • A history of contract compliance. • Good and varied accommodation that meets the needs of young people and a comprehensive range of support services.

And for the Future...

Conversion of shared accommodation at Lindum Terrace to single rooms, the building of a training pavilion with full DDA Compliance, conversion of one as more dispersed properties for wheelchair access. Employment of a tenancy support worker and volunteer co-ordinator

Additional information

  • Nominated Child Protection Officer
  • CRB checks

Policies in Place

  • Child Protection Policy
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Equality & Diversity Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy
  • Recruitment & Selection Policy
  • Safe Lone Working Policy
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Complaints Procedure
  • Internet and Email Usage Policy
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure
  • Environmental Policy
  • Business Continuity Policy
  • User Involvement/Participation Policy