The Social Work Team provides advocacy, guidance and support to the children, young people and families who use Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith.
They may also provide financial advice, help with housing adaptation applications and support with transition to adult services.
The following are three examples of how the social work team were able to help:
Jacob is 19 and has a life limiting condition. He lives independently in supported housing but became concerned that the conditions and support that had originally been agreed would be changed by the local authority. As the Hope House social workers are independent of any local authority he felt able and willing to discuss the issues fully with us and felt that he was being supported and advocated for by professionally trained and experienced people who knew him and his needs well, but were totally separate from the organisation he wanted to challenge. We supported him to ensure that his opinions and concerns were heard and taken seriously so that he felt safe, listened to and empowered.
Isabellas family wanted to arrange to have a holiday for the whole family but were finding it difficult to find holiday accommodation that could meet the needs of the family and Isabella who was very severely disabled. They really wanted to have a last holiday as a family before Isabella became too ill, but were also struggling financially as both parents had given up work in order to properly care for her. The social work team helped the family to access the accommodation they needed, including a special bed and a mobile hoist, and helped them to find funding from other charities to fund this last special holiday.
Justins brother experiences uncontrolled seizures so that his behaviour can be very challenging. Justin gets very angry as his brother often breaks his toys, and hits out at him, and he cant play for the school football team as he can never get to the matches because his brother is often ill or in hospital. Justin has been getting into trouble at school and has been very angry, hitting out at other children and shouting at his teachers. Justins parents asked the social work team to talk to Justins head of year to help them explain how difficult life was for him, and to attend meetings at school to plan for Justins future support which was to include sessions with the Hope House sibling workers, as well as time out in school and regular meetings with the year head to discuss Justins worries and frustrations about his brother. All this really helped Justin to feel that he was as important as his brother and his anger diminished and his behaviour improved.