Island Child Charitable Trusts (Island Child) has developed a flexible model of service delivery that responds to client need, accompanied by a move towards post crisis support (Community Support Services) to prevent people from becoming homeless or re-entering homelessness.Â Island Child’s position on the Housing Continuum Â is placed as a niche provider at the crisis emergency housing point of the continuum.
The Trust operates an Emergency house in Point England. The whanau-ora environment is operated as a residential 24 hour programme focussed on rehabilitation and restoring the client(s) to a pathway of well-being and independence. The individualised homelessness reintegration program is delivered with the clientâ€™s full participation. The Trust reintegrates homeless client into society; this includes sourcing and securing housing. The Trust provides a holistic approach to meeting both the housing needs of clients, as well as providing up-skilling programmes and mentoring to prevent clients from becoming homeless again in the future.
The Trust utilizes the Circle of Courage methodology and is focused on building capacity in individuals and families through positive interventions that have been identified jointly by The Trust and the client.
This model takes a strengths based approach by working in a positive context and supporting individuals and families as they interact with government agencies.Â This reduces the stress and fatigue often experienced by many families who are not well equipped to work in the existing government structures.