Single Homeless Action  Initiative in Durham Ltd is a  registered company, number 3659370 and a registered charity, number 1074505

Aims & Objectives

It is the aim of SHAID to become a comprehensive provider of services to young people.  To achieve this, our work is based on five objectives to become a more effective service provider and employer, these are:

  • To be the service of choice for young people at risk  

  • To have a wide and diverse range of services to enable long term sustainability

  • To be the employer of choice for professionals and volunteers who have commitment to working with young people at risk of homelessness or social exclusion

  • To secure the future of shaid through effective financial management and building reserves

  • To continue to achieve appropriate standards of excellence across the organisation.

Project Objectives 

Housing Advice & Support

  • Continue to improve existing advice and support services

  • Investigate options for shaid to directly manage emergency and supported housing for young people itself

  • Work in partnership with other agencies to increase the housing and support options available to young people including more emergency accommodation

  • Support and develop  supported lodgings schemes

  • Develop a volunteer mentoring scheme; to recruit and train volunteers to support young people in independent living

 

Education for Living

  • Evaluate, update and reprint SHAID’s  literature to the highest of standards to reflect the present market and legislation which is in force at any particular time

  • Investigate the need to produce other publications for young people

  • Increase the range of activities available to young people at SHAID’s drop-in facility and replicate the model in other parts of Derwentside

  • Expand SHAID’s homelessness prevention programme to more schools, colleges and youth groups


Promoting Social Inclusion

  • Continue supporting and further develop the multi-agency resource centre and signposting service for young people in partnership with other agencies 

  • Develop  initiatives to enable young people to access other essential services such as employment, training, education and healthcare

  • Develop community-based projects such as regeneration, arts and cultural projects to engage young people in society

Community Links & User Involvement

  • Expand SHAID’s membership to ensure greater user involvement and community ownership

  • Broaden the skills and experience of the Board of Directors through securing representation  from the local  business community

  • Develop further innovative approaches to actively involve young people in the delivery of SHAID’s services

  • Work in partnership with local housing providers, to develop a district wide initiative to explore different ways in which young people can get involved in decisions which effect their homes and the estates on which they live.