TARS, Stars and Move-IN on up
Solas Win Contract to Deliver Treatment Services in Cardiff
In March Solas, as lead provider in a consortium, were awarded the contract for the provision of Throughcare, Aftercare and Recovery Support (TARS) by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CVUHB). We formed a consortium with New Link Wales and Recovery Cymru to bid for the work and are delighted to have won the contract.
— Solas Cymru (@SolasCymru) May 21, 2014
The TARS is an innovative approach developed by CVUHB to provide ongoing wrap-around support for people finishing their drug and alcohol treatment programme. The aim is to ‘hold’ people in recovery to prevent relapse and ensure that their recovery is permanent. With our 2 partners we designed an innovative approach which offers structured group work and counselling (Solas); employment link and volunteering opportunities (New Link Wales) and support from the recovery community (Recovery Cymru).
Hayley Clark, from the Group Partnerships Team said:
“People design their own support package; so for example a person leaving drug treatment for a heroin addiction, may opt for a structured group with Solas through our new ‘pillars of recovery’ programme; volunteer hours with New Link and a recovery support group and social evenings with Recovery Cymru to help them maintain their abstinence.”
The service will be located in Cardiff in Spectrum House and we are currently in the process of identifying 2 additional locations in Barry and the Vale (Llantwit Major).
Star Programme Develops Seren Leaders
The group is making significant investment in a Group wide leadership development programme for over a 100 leaders and managers across all companies.
This is called the STAR leadership programme (Seren Teams Achieve Results) and its aims are:-
- develop talent and confidence
- leaders who can bring the best out of people
- leaders who are tuned into the Group plans and priorities
- break down barriers
- leaders who are equipped and capable to meet with challenge
The programme will consist of quarterly leadership events concentrating on raising the quality of our people leadership. Alongside this each leader will be able to choose two electives per year that are geared towards their own personal development.
Gaynor Morris, Group director for Organisational Development, says the programme offers something for all Seren leaders:
Given there is a large range of experience and competence across the Group, the programme electives will be designed at three levels : Entry into Leadership, Leadership in Practice and Advanced Leadership
This is an exciting undertaking and will transform the way we lead our people.
Children’s Commissioner for Wales praises Solas’ MOVE-IN project
Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales, this week visited Solas’s supported accommodation Move-in project in George Street, Newport to hear first-hand about the positive impact that the service is having on its vulnerable young residents.
Move-in is the housing and support service created by Solas, which offers dedicated and specialist support to help highly vulnerable young adults through the transition from care to independent living. The young people supported by Move-in will typically have led very difficult lives and often have a range of complex physical and mental health needs.
Residents and staff gave the Commissioner a guided tour around George Street and its facilities, which provides Move-in support and housing, as well as education and training opportunities for 8 young people over the age of 16 years.
— Solas Cymru (@SolasCymru) May 6, 2014
Rhys, one of the residents who showed the Commissioner around said:
“It was a great feeling being confident enough to show Keith around. I think that shows I’ve come along way and everyone was proud of me for taking part. He was really interested in my history and we talked about the 13 placements I had been in prior to coming to Solas. I’ve been here two years now and am looking forward to moving on soon with support from staff.”
Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales said:
“Young people leaving care often feel a bit lost and don’t have the information and support they need to move into independent living. It was useful for me to see first-hand how programmes such as Move-in can have such a positive impact on young people’s lives by providing very practical support. It highlighted for me that with the right support, all young people leaving care could have a successful move into independent living.”
Find out more about Move-in Here or see the infographic below for the latest impact evaluation from Solas’ George St service: