Supported Tenancy Service

Sacro’s Supported Tenancy Service in Aberdeen is a housing support service for people with mental ill health who have been involved in the Criminal Justice System.

What does the service offer?

The project supports individuals in the community and patients in Aberdeen’s Royal Cornhill Hospital to be able to access community services and resources around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Sacro works in Partnership with Statutory organisations e.g. Social Work, NHS, Housing, Police. The service supports re-settlement in the community for individuals where mental ill health issues have been a key factor in their offending behaviour, or who have developed mental health problems whilst in custody. There are two supported tenancy services, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council area.

How does the service work?

The service supports individuals with mental ill health and offending histories to live safely and securely in their own tenancies and to access community services and resources. The service also supports individuals while they are in hospital or a hospital lodge; at the outset for three months prior to discharge into their own tenancy. The service will provide support to individuals for a period of up to two years, which includes the three months prior to discharge.

An Individual Action Plan is created, focused on life and social skills, to increase independence and resilience e.g. housing, employment, education, training, budgeting, leisure activities and social skills.

Over and above the regular contact between Sacro and the Service User, review meetings are held every three to six months between Social Work, Mental Health Team, Sacro, Advocacy and the Service User.

Who is the service aimed at?

Although similar to the Outreach Support service, Supported Tenancy is aimed at individuals, 17 and over, who reside in Aberdeen City or Aberdeenshire, who have been involved in offending behaviour and have mental health problems. It is for individuals who have gone through the Forensic Mental Health Service and are identified as needing support in the community. 

How is the service accessed?

Referrals can be made by Mental Health Officers, Care Managers and Social Workers from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

Service users’ engagement with the service may be voluntary or compulsory.