We are a Registered Social Landlord, a registered society (under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014) and a registered charity.
We are regulated by The Scottish Housing Regulator (Landlord function), Care Inspectorate (housing support function), Scottish Social Services Council (quality of staff), OSCR (charity function).
The objects of the Association (set down in our constitution)are: to provide for the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage through the provision, construction, improvement and management of land and accommodation and the provision of care.
Although we are a Registered Social Landlord and we own properties (9 buildings), we are not a landlord in the traditional sense of the word, as the core of what we do involves providing person centred support in a type of provision called “supported accommodation”.
Supported accommodation is a model of provision that combines a safe and secure place to stay with support to address issues that have caused homelessness and prevent future homelessness occurring. We provide safe and secure mainly hostel type accommodation for vulnerable people who are homeless or have a Looked After and Accommodated (LAAC) background. Service Users generally stay in our accommodation until they are ready to move on and staff are available on site 24 hours a day to provide support. Their main job is to work with Service Users to help them gain the right skills to move on to permanent and more sustainable accommodation and achieve a better quality of life.
Mission statement: "Blue Triangle exists to support, accommodate and assist vulnerable people to achieve better lives."
Our mission is important because we work with people to change their lives so that they can achieve their aspirations to a happy and fulfilling future. Our services are there to ensure that people become engaged in a real future for themselves and we prevent people ending up in cycles that are destructive and hopeless and that create a burden on statutory services such as social work, prisons, and health services both in terms of time and money.
We have a long history of working with vulnerable people and have a solid reputation of working with challenging people who have been rejected by other services.
The way our staff do this is to work with each individual Service User to develop a support plan which looks at the areas of their lives that they want to change.
Our staff use a model called “Better Futures” to measure the outcomes of our services.
The services we provide in our supported accommodation is set out below:
Flexible person centred support, access to literacy& numeracy services, assistance to secure housing, access to training & employment, access to voluntary & statutory services, access to benefits advice, access to physical and mental health support.
In addition to supported accommodation, we also provide visiting support services which involves our staff visiting a vulnerable person in their own home (which could be owned by a registered social landlord or a local authority) and providing the same support as that provided in our own accommodation. This is a small part of what we do as the majority of the services we provide are delivered in our residential accommodation.