Semi-independent accommodation and support
Our semi-independent homes are more than just somewhere to live. They bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood so that a young person is prepared for the challenges of living independently.
Some young people refer to leaving care as ‘the instant expectation of adulthood’. They are suddenly expected to know how to cook their own meals, run a home and manage their finances, all in one go and without any support.
This is why living in a St Christopher’s semi-independent home before leaving care can be hugely beneficial. We provide safe, comfortable homes for care leavers, homeless teenagers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, where they can learn the essential life skills they will need when they transition to independent living.
Accommodation for young people on their path to independence
The type of accommodation we offer varies depending on the young person. However, no matter which one of our supported housing services they live in, staff will always support young people to work towards their goals and build their confidence for the future.
To maintain the standard of our homes, we conduct annual inspections in line with Ofsted standards and ratings. This is unique to St Christopher’s and means we can offer better quality care, support and housing because we have to answer to our inspectors.
For care leavers on the Isle of Man, our Aftercare team offer advice and support to help them on their journey to independence. Their drop-in service is available to any young person who wants to seek advice from staff on issues like managing tenancies, drug and alcohol awareness, or securing employment.
'No one can say they are lonely here. It’s not possible, they make you feel included, you can’t be lonely, you have a home.'