DISC is a voluntary organisation that supports people to maximise their potential and live independently in safe communities. We provide a range of specialist services to support people who are addressing issues such as; health and well-being, substance and alcohol misuse, financial difficulties, criminal justice, employment and housing.
DISC’s housing-related support services help people to live independently as valued members of the community and forms an integral part of the local housing and recovery services for people who have misused alcohol or substances and are in need of innovative housing support.
The accommodation provision and service is open to all Sheffield residents in housing need who have a history of alcohol and/or substance misuse and are working towards recovery and wish to remain abstinent.
DISC will work closely with other agencies to undertake a comprehensive assessment of need and develop a structured support plan with the client.
The support is designed to be provided just as long as is necessary (up to a maximum of two years though normally nine months) supporting residents though their own personal recovery into independent living. It is flexible, needs led and tailored to the individual.
The service aims to enable clients to develop the skills required to manage their own accommodation and to live confidently in their own abstinence in the community.
This accommodation service has a group work programme which is compulsory (residents must take part in it) further details will be supplied at point of assessment or can be supplied by request.
This service can help with
- Maximising income, claiming benefits, budgeting and financial management
- Developing life skills and being independent at home.
- Accessing training, education and employment
- Developing links and encouraging involvement with community organisations
- Signposting and support for clients to access specialist services. For example, substance misuse, primary care, mental health, counselling etc.
- Support with understanding and accessing independent accommodation (Private and Social)
- Enabling clients to build links with family and the wider community
- Assisting clients in understanding a tenancy agreement and what their obligations are when they move in
- Avoiding rent arrears, negotiating with landlords, avoiding eviction, anti-social behaviour and neighbour issues
- Maintaining your own abstinence and managing substance and alcohol issues
We can provide this service to people who are:
- 18 and over
- Entitled to Sheffield Housing
- In housing need and willing to engage in support
- Committed to personal recovery
- Abstinent from illicit drugs and alcohol use at point of entry No blanket exclusions exist in this service and as such each case will be treated on its own merits or need.