Calico; Helping people live independently
Member: Calico Homes
Refugees housed: 318; 287 from Syria, 19 from Afghanistan, 4 from Sudan and 8 from Iraq.
Under the ARAP/ACRS (Afghan personnel who previously worked with the British Forces and Afghan families at risk) resettled 148 Afghan Relocators (who do not have refugee status) living in Bridging Hotels.
Wrap around support to 50 Afghan evacuees residing in a hotel until they were moved on. Supporting the initial welfare checks to hosts/sponsors of Home for Ukraine relocators.
Providing support: Since 2016
“Even before refugees arrive, we’ve completed a lot of work. We acquire good quality homes’ which meet Home Office standards, carefully match families to the homes and carpet and furnish them with essential items. We’ll make sure the families arrive safely from the airport and have a welcome grocery pack. Our three-stage support model focuses on the whole family.”
Stage one: Step In
This eight week stage encompasses needs identified prior to arrival. It finishes with a comprehensive needs/risk assessment covering:
- Benefits and Finance
- Health and Wellbeing
- Education and Training
- Social and Leisure
- Employment and Volunteering
Stage two: Step Up
This 12 month stage provides the family with informed choices and opportunities to prioritise their needs. Our support focuses on establishing relationships with statutory and other support services and community groups. We continue to provide housing support alongside integration support in partnership with others. We hope that by this time they are feeling settled and ready to step forward with the development of existing skills or develop new ones.
Stage three: Step Forward
Some support needs will continue or evolve from the first 12 months. Our focus in on supporting the families on their journey to full integration and economic self-sufficiency. Families are encouraged to seek support only when required.
New Progress Housing, Onward Housing, Together Housing, Department for Work and Pensions, CCGs, GPs, LCC School Access team, Local Schools and Colleges (ESOL), training providers, Police, charities, voluntary and faith groups.