Enthum House is a safe, ethical and responsive community committed to continual learning and sustainability. These values form the stable basis for resolution of YP’s trauma whilst building on their inherent resilience and resourcefulness to prepare them for an independent and self-reliant future; this includes possible removal back to their home countries at age 18.

The YP who live with us have had to flee their homes and survive without the nurture they would have with their families. The slow rebuilding of a sense of inner and outer safety and trusting relationships is a major element in any trauma recovery and forms the basis of our person-centred TIP.

Their day-to-day life at Enthum gives them a focus to restore and encourage healthy sleeping patterns, self-care, independent living skills and joining local schools and clubs. Those with complex mental health needs are offered bespoke support packages, developed in partnership with the placing authority’s social worker and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services/NHS social and healthcare professionals and our own qualified therapeutic support staff.

Initial in-house Assessment

On arrival each young person will be assessed by Enthum House’s clinical psychologist and their therapeutic support worker using the Outcomes Star. The young person will be reassessed every 3 months, and a final assessment will occur upon their departure from Enthum House. Each assessment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

Person-centred Support Plans
After the initial assessment, the young person, their therapeutic support worker and our in-house clinical psychologist develop a weekly plan tailor-made to their needs and interests along with their social worker. Support hours provided will be dependent on the placing authorities’ choice of weekly rate options per child, i.e. Intensive, Progress and Progressive. We are proud to be working with a highly experienced, diverse and qualified group of professionals, all committed to enabling and empowering young people to realize and fulfill their individual potential during their time at Enthum House.

Key-work Sessions
2 hours of one-to-one key-work with designated therapeutic support worker per week. This will ensure that individual issues, requests and needs are shared with the house manager and the rest of the Enthum House staff team, raised with the young person’s designated local authority social worker and changing needs addressed within the young person’s individual support plan.

Enthum House Mentoring Programme
1 hour per week one-to-one mentoring sessions with our ‘A Band of Brothers’ trained mentors, designed to support each young person’s engagement with local community initiatives, encourage participation in after school clubs, focussed on achieving personal tasks and goals outside of the home. The aim is to provide each young person with experiences that build their confidence and support their growth by challenging them to overcome their sense of isolation and help them to integrate into their local community. Duration: Initially 3 months with possibility to extend. As part of our mentoring programme we will also be offering yearly weekend camps and outdoor events.

English Language Classes
2x 90 minute sessions per week will be provided in-house by an experienced English as second or other language ESOL tutor and a selected group of volunteers to support young people to improve their varying English language skills, help build their confidence and enable them to successfully access college education, make the most of social opportunities and maximise opportunities for further employment and integration into UK society.

Exploration and Fostering of Personal Vocations
Once young people have settled into living at Enthum House it is part of our mission to encourage and enable their individual interests, talents, skills and creative expression. With a focus on local community integration and cross-cultural bridge building, we are able to offer bespoke after school activities and weekend workshops in a variety of areas. Amongst them are:
Filmmaking, DJing, music lessons, art, yoga, drama, bike repairing, cooking, carpentry, storytelling, creative writing, perma-culture, martial arts and more according to the wishes and needs of young people. These activities and workshops will be facilitated and offered by Enthum House’s Disclosure and Barring Service DBS checked, specifically trained and dedicated volunteer and befriender team.

We encourage young people to join local sport clubs and attend on a weekly basis. Team sports like football, basketball and cricket promote relationship and group building. Physical activity triggers chemicals in the brain that reduce stress hormones levels, stimulate the production of endorphins, keep depression at bay and improve sleep quality. Bilateral movement like running, cycling, swimming and yoga help to integrate the emotional side of the brain with the cognitive side and is a clinically proven treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Music Therapy
Group or one-to-one sessions, provided in-house by a qualified music therapist and vocal coach, focussed on client-led music making and song writing to inspire young people to create sonic narratives for themselves. Singing known songs can connect with body and breath in an expressive supportive way and communal drumming and/or improvising allows for a space for making new connections with one another and can affect emotional and functional change and development.

Art Therapy
Group or one-to-one session are offered in-house by a qualified practitioner as an expressive psychotherapy that uses the art-making process to improve social, mental, and emotional functioning and increase feelings of well-being. Art making allows for healing through non- verbal communication, exploration of feelings, self- discovery, identity, catharsis and personal growth.

Drama Therapy
Combines drama and psychotherapy methods to offer young people new ways to express what they are thinking or feeling in order to cope more effectively with behavioural and emotional difficulties. Done in groups it provides a great forum to try on new roles, learn new ways of relating and to rediscover joy and play in a culturally sensitive manner, allowing for expression of differences within a respectful environment, whilst also providing opportunity for psycho-education and help with navigating life in the UK. By working creatively and often nonverbally, the groups do not excessively rely on language and can therefore accommodate various levels of English proficiency.

Equine Therapy
Equine Therapy is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses in order to promote physical, occupational and emotional growth in people suffering from ADD, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioural disorders, Trauma, Depression and Developmental Delay. It can help with: Identifying and coping with feelings, Communication skills, Setting boundaries, Overcoming fears, Building trust, Improving sensory and motor skills for coordination, balance, and posture. Enthum House residents have the opportunity to book in sessions with a qualified equine therapist based in Brighton.

Young people at Enthum House can access a variety of therapies through our diverse network of therapists. According to individual need and assessment we offer a choice of different support models, i.e. initial 12 weekly sessions dependant on the placing authorities’ weekly rate option. This includes person-centred, integrative, systemic and psychodynamic one-to-one psychotherapy, group therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), which is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched for the successful treatment of PTSD.

Legal Support Network
It is part of our mission to offer access to a comprehensive and trauma-informed legal network to support individual’s during their asylum claims. This will ensure that each young person’s best interests and future choices will be upheld and protected. If appeal rights are exhausted in an unsuccessful claim we offer necessary, focussed and adequate support structures to prepare the young person for removal back to their home country.

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