Gilven Supported Housing Service

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Gilven Supported Housing Service

Gilven Supported Housing Service (SHS) provides accommodation and support for 10 young, vulnerable women experiencing homelessness and other forms of hardship including health inequalities. The service operates from a house with extensive landscaped grounds in Glenrothes, Fife. The service was established in 1993 and is regulated by the Care Inspectorate: the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) regulates the workforce.

Our practice adopts features associated with therapeutic communities and asset based approaches, rather than a conventional housing support model which can be less effectual. Residents are empowered to take responsibility for managing their lives and living as independently as possible. They are proactively engaged in the design, delivery, monitoring, development and improvement of all aspects of the service. Each resident has an individualised Personal Plan based upon their assessed risks, needs and desires. This plan is flexible and helps people to work towards achieving their life goals and attaining then sustaining their own tenancy.

The Gilven SHS is fully integrated with Gilven’s employability service and social enterprise, enabling every resident to have immediate onsite access to a diverse range of tailored opportunities. This offering is unique within the housing support sector in Fife. Our service also works very closely with the local community, churches and other service providers, many of whom are formal partners. SCA is part of the Fife PSP, a partnership between Fife Council and 12 charitable service providers.