Crosscare's Aftercare Service is a non-residential day service working with young people who have lived in care.
The Wellington Centre
This service is located from 26 Upper Wellington Street, Dublin 7. The aim of our service is to move young people transitioning through care to live as independently as possible and to equip those young people with the skills to sustain their independence. YASS offers the young people a variety of options, inclusive of a wide range of sports, literacy, individual tutoring and life skills. In a caring and supportive environment, programmes are delivered that will empower young people to take an active role in deciding their options. Activities are focused on outcomes connected to a young person’s plan for leaving care.
All young people give a commitment to attend the service according to their identified needs and goals. All young people are provided with structure, support and advocacy. Every young person is assigned a link worker to assist and develop strategies for ongoing support and development. This will include family support elements. Active participation is a targeted outcome for all young people who avail of our services. We offer young people programmes of support to support them to address drug/alcohol/ gambling addiction issues.
In early 2014, YASS merged with the Ranelagh Road Residential Aftercare Unit. A review of how these services can be extended to further to target those who are marginalised or need of support will be undertaken in 2014.
Tel: (01) 8828670
North Circular Road
North Circular Road is a property sublet by Crosscare on house share arrangement, offering licence agreements to the occupants. The overall aim is to facilitate young people from 18-25 to live in house share that is affordable and sustainable housing option. The house has an inclusive model accommodating young people who have lived in care alongside young people who have no care history. North circular Road is not a ‘service’, but a private rented property where Crosscare is the landlord.
North Circular Road is a six bedroom house with a diverse group of young people college students, trainees, workers in addition to those who may be out of work or on full time volunteer placement. There is a caretaker in the house who acts as a liaison person in a voluntary capacity with the manager of Crosscare’s Residential Aftercare Unit/Ranelagh Road. Low support is provided by staff at the Wellington Centre by telephone, if required. Additional support is provided by appropriate services and agreed in advance of moving into the house.
Individuals who wish to self refer must have lived independently without staff assistance for six months or can demonstrate their independence and self reliance. They also must be equipped with appropriate living skills such as money management, coping with day-to-day living, and have an ability to pay rent and bills. Residents have no limit in the length of their stay in North Circular Road.
North Circular Road is currently at full capacity with a caretaker on-site. It has had positive outcomes for those who have lived there. It has given residents the time and the capacity to develop their independent living skills further and has offered them a living option with support if required. North Circular road hopes to continue its role of housing option with ‘light touch’ support in the coming future.
Empowering the young care leaver in securing a positive future.