Sophia Model of Care - Quality of Home

Since Sophia was founded we have instinctively been a Trauma-Informed Service, taking into account what the people we support have been through before they get the keys to their new homes and wrap-around support from our teams. But Sophia has always seen the environment in which those we support live in as having a profound effect on both mental and physical health.  These Psychologically Informed Environments are not just homes but the green spaces around them, but also the quality of the homes that people move into.

A home needs to give someone a sense of dignity, security and support, below is a simple example of this, where a home we have been lucky to help maintain and support someone in has been refurbished to create open livable spaces to give those we support the type of accommodation that helps someone on their journey to recover from the trauma of being homeless. 

 

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Our Chef is no ordinary hero!

Sophia was founded on the simple premise, that the intervention most needed for people who are homeless is a home and this home comes with wraparound supports to help someone through the trauma that homelessness causes. These supports come in many different forms, one form of support which we are lucky to be able to provide comes from our Cafe in Cork St, where our Chef Trevor Kearns ensures that the food we provide is not only delicious but also nutritious and of an incredibly standard.

While we have often boasted about Trevor, his work has now been recognised by the EU and he has been named as an Ordinary Hero, as part of the EU Together We Protect programme which seeks to recognise people across Europe who are quietly working to bring our communities closer together, to help them in the areas of safety, health, environment and society, this programme is called Local Heros. 

If you'd like to hear the man himself speak about his work here in Sophia then tune into the Marian Finucane show on RTE Radio 1 tomorrow between 11 am and 12 noon as he willl be a guest on the show

We are obviously hugely proud of Trevor and of this recognition. 

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Publication of Best Practices Manual for Homeless Services

Sophia has been very lucky to work with our partners in Midlands Simon Community on an Erasmus+ project which aimed to create a best practices manual for staff in homeless services who work with people who have mental health support needs.

The project saw 8 partners and many other organisations across Europe work together and exchange their best practices. Services were visited in six different countries, each one a learning experience of great value. These visits included seminars which led to the production of an easy to read and digestible manual which can be used by teams to explore and look at how they approach their own practice. 

Working with people who are homelessness and have mental support needs is a demanding job. The multiple issues involved (health, social, housing, recovery, outreach, networking, staff care) make it difficult for a single professional, discipline or service to be prepared for all the challenges and needs at stake.  What is essential is to learn from experience, learn from other’s experiences, and to develop a reflective practice that searches for adaptive solutions for unique contexts, rather than copy ready-made solutions. This manual aims at helping professionals to develop skills to better approach a homeless person with mental health support needs.

The Erasmus+ partnership was made up of the following organisations:

Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico de Lisboa, Coordinator, (Portugal);

Santé Mentale Exclusion Sociale SMES-Europa (Belgium),

Etairia Koinonikis Psixiatrikis kai Psixikis Ygeias (Greece),

Projekt UDENFOR (Denmark),

Istituto Andrea Devoto (Italy),

Caritas Archidiecezji Warszawskiej (Poland),

Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Deu (Spain)

Midlands Simon Community (Ireland) 

 

The manual is available free to download from our website from this link

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