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The halow Buddy Service offers our young people 1:1 support, promoting life and social skills, independence, leisure opportunities and assists young people to access the local and wider community in ways which best suit them. halow Buddies and young people are matched according to their hobbies, interests, and other individual needs.
halow Outreach Buddies work in a person-centred way with all our young people, to help them identify and achieve personal goals to lead a more fulfilling life. These goals may include travel training, money skills, managing relationships, independent living skills or any goal they deem important in their development. The Person-Centred Planning meetings we do with each young person are one of the ways that we identify individual aspirations whilst working with other people and organisations.
Supported Living Services
halow works with young people, families, and private landlords to develop opportunities for Supported Living. halow Support Buddies build on the outreach work by also supporting young people (with varying levels of needs) in their own home. This can include supporting the young person to take part in everyday activities or physical tasks around the home (such as cooking, grocery shopping or cleaning) or providing personal care to some of our young people (including assisting with washing, feeding or dressing as detailed on their support assessment).
halow’s personal care services are registered, regulated, and inspected by the Care Quality Commission. We are never complacent here at halow and continue with our existing plans to bring investment into our growing service and further strengthen these areas.
“I became a senior buddy midway through last year. The senior position affords me a unique role in helping young people live independently in their own homes and furthermore the chance to thrive in the community. I oversee various aspects that go into the smooth day to day running of a supported living house. From writing and keeping up to date with paperwork such as risk assessments and individual support plans, to ensuring the young people attend Doctor/ dentist appointments, social activities all the way up to organising potential avenues of employment. I have gained training in the administrative duties and a wider knowledge of how the legal side of social care is structured. I also guide a team of dedicated Buddies to deliver the best assistance, guidance and support possible for each individual Young Person. The most rewarding aspect of being a senior is that we plan together with the young person a proactive and confidence building approach to help them live a fulfilling and meaningful life within the wider community. The role has afforded me the chance to watch young adults often knocked back by stereotypes or stigmas and low on confidence blossom and find meaning, discovering that the scope of their world and all its potentialities can be broadened.”
“I have been a halow Supported Living Buddy since 2017, recently I gained a promotion to Senior Buddy. This role has presented me with more responsibility within the supported living houses. As a Senior Buddy I am the first line of communication for parents and other agencies involved in the care of the young people I support, this can include GP’s, colleagues and other external healthcare providers. I keep a clear line of communication via email or meetings, to ensure everyone has relevant information. I maintain a range of administration duties alongside supporting the young people. I have greatly developed my organisational and communication skills while working at halow. I enjoy supporting young people across the different supported living houses, I work both on a 1-1 basis and supporting groups, in the community and within their homes. There is a great sense of fulfilment seeing the young people grow in confidence and develop their independence.”