Housing Plus QARA (HPQ) Mission Statement
HPQ was established in 1998 and is an organisation committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the young people living in its accommodation and to excellence in the provision of semi-independent accommodation. We understand and respect the ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of the young people that we work with and the communities in which we operate. The work we do is underpinned by relevant legislation and regulations, quality standards and best practice.
Although the Every Child Matters and 5 outcomes are no longer common phrases and have been replaced by the Department for Education (DfE) terminology “helping children achieve”, like many other organisations, HPQ continue to observe the five outcomes- staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, machining a positive contribution and economic well being, to keep their work with young people focussed.
A range of activities and tasks take place in order achieve in these areas, such as registration with a doctor, dentist and optician; finding suitable school, college and work placements; community and social events, group work sessions with, for example, the police, sexual health worker, drugs workers and the like; and house meetings and individual key work sessions where practical targets are set and assessed.
The young people we work with are usually between 16-18 years old, but can be older. Our aim is to help them to develop the life skills they need to move on and in to make a successful transition to adult life and living independently. The majority of those in our care move on around their 18th birthday, but in certain circumstances, dictated by the commissioning authority, existing clients may remain longer in HPQ accommodation.
In HPQ properties, we provide a secure environment maintained to a high standard. All our young people have their own, furnished, lockable room with a television. There are shared bathroom and cooking facilities, including utensils, a fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine. Most accommodation also has garden access.
More than landlords, HPQ has a team that seeks to provide young people with positive role models. We recognise that many who come to live in our accommodation have been through traumatic experiences prior to their arrival in the UK and care system. Irrespective of origin, we work hard to establish a close rapport with individuals to establish and maintain an environment where they:
HPQ is an equal opportunities organisation which aims to demonstrate fair treatment of individuals regardless of race, colour, nationality, gender, ethnic or national origin, religion, religious beliefs, sexuality, disability, appearance, or employment status.