Positive Pathways places great emphasis on preparing young people for life as a young adult by equipping them with the requisite skills for independent or semi-independent living. Many of the young people placed with Positive Pathways have remained in placement long-term, occasionally for a period of 4 years, thereby providing time for pathway planning and preparation for independence. There is a good track record of helping young people to successfully make the transition to their own accommodation, or semi-independent accommodation/supported living, before or around their 18th birthday. Some have taken on their own tenancy in a flat or shared house. The children’s homes utilise an Independent Living Skills Programme (ILSP) for older young people. This consists of a graded goal-oriented skills development programme involving instruction, guidance and practice to develop and master life skills (e.g. cooking, budgeting, independent travel).
Sycamore House, our supported accommodation house, is a step-down service for young people who are able to manage with lower levels of support in their preparation for semi or fully independent living.