Ivy Mews 16+ is a residential project which aims to enable young people aged 16-
Ivy Mews 16+ is a residential setting which meets all the criteria of mainstream residential care but is more suitable for those who are nearing the end of their current placement and are preparing to live independently.
Each apartment has a separate bedroom, w/c and shower room, and either a combined living room and kitchen or living room and separate kitchen. The apartments are fully furnished to a high standard and are newly decorated for each new admission.
Each apartment is fully independent with own entrance and utility meters. Central heating and hot water are gas operated with an electric power shower.
Each apartment is fully alarmed and there are cctv cameras monitoring the premises at all times. The main gate is operated by electronic code and there is an intercom system to each apartment from the main gate.
The project draws on supports from the community and each young person is assigned a mentor. The mentors’ role is to enhance the confidence and skill levels of the young person and work towards independent living.
The mentor will continue to work with the young person on leaving Ivy Mews and play a key role in tenancy sustainment. Mentors working with Rainbow Community Services are highly experienced and added to this they are receiving accredited mentoring skills training and supervision.
The project is primarily an educational transitional project to cater for those young people who are preparing to live independently but who need some further support and skills enhancement to facilitate their move to independence.
Rainbow Community Services have been in operation in the Drogheda area prior to this project opening and have developed contacts with community based support services. These include employers who are willing to offer young people the opportunity of work experience.
This service is an attempt by Rainbow Community Services to address specific needs of care leavers in an innovative and cost effective manner.
The cost of placement within this project equates favourably to the cost of mainstream placement and whilst this is a very different service to mainstream for the appropriate clients it is the more appropriate of the two.
Rainbow Community Services has the ability to offer a continuum of effective transitional care for each young person from mainstream residential care based in Smithstown Lodge to our highly innovative Ivy Mews independent living facility in central Drogheda.