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Life at NEN: How Supported Temporary Accommodation is Helping Male Ex-Offenders

Life at Nen: How Supported Temporary Accommodation is Helping Male Ex-Offenders

Supported temporary accommodation (STA) is a form of housing designed to help people who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness, who may have a range of health and social problems. For male ex-offenders, STA can provide invaluable help and support, as well as provide a safe and secure environment in which to live.

At NEN, a supported temporary accommodation in Nottingham run by New Ethos Nottingham, they are dedicated to helping male ex-offenders to improve their lives and reach a positive outcome. This blog post will explore how NEN, with help from organisations like Nacro and Probation, is providing support and giving male ex-offenders the opportunity to turn their lives around.

Life at Nen: How it Works

At NEN, the team works closely with organisations like Nacro, Probation, and HMP Nottingham to provide housing for male ex-offenders between the ages of 21-50 years of age. They receive referrals for housing from these organisations and then assess each case on an individual basis. If a referral is accepted, the individual is given a room at NEN with access to the communal areas, such as the kitchen, lounge, and garden/smoking area.

Once living at Nen, the individual is assigned a key worker. This key worker is responsible for helping the individual to identify and address any underlying issues that may be causing or contributing to their homelessness, such as mental health issues, substance misuse, or difficulties with managing money.

The key worker will also provide emotional support and help the individual to develop the skills they need to live independently. This can include support with budgeting and money management, as well as help to find employment, training, or educational opportunities.

What Other Support is Available?

In addition to the support provided by the key worker, NEN also offers a range of other services. This includes access to counselors and mental health professionals, as well as help to apply for benefits and housing. There are also activities and workshops available with third-party organisations, such as art therapy and computer training, which can help individuals to develop new skills and learn new ways of coping with their challenges.

How is Nen Making a Difference?

At NEN, we are dedicated to helping male ex-offenders to turn their lives around. By providing a safe environment, and the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to re-enter the workforce. Through job readiness and training programs, NEN is helping ex-offenders to become productive members of society and develop their career options, enabling them to break the cycle of re-offending. NEN also provides mentorship, signposts to career counseling, and job placement services to ensure that ex-offenders can find meaningful employment. Through these efforts, Nen is playing a key role in helping former offenders to lead better lives.

We have also teamed up with Neighbourly, Fareshare, and The Hygiene Bank to collect monthly food and toiletry donations, to make sure that during a crisis our service users do not slip into poverty.

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