ROC Solid is a housing provider which has its roots firmly based in safeguarding and good social work practice.
Co-founders Dot and Derek Butler owned a fostering agency for more than a decade and decided, early on, to try to improve outcomes for care leavers through good quality supported housing.
The charity, which has Investing in Children accreditation, has since expanded its remit to meet local need.
It operates more than 45 units of accommodation, including two centres which are staffed 24/7, and houses in Newton Aycliffe, Stockton and Billingham.
The model allows some people, who initially need greater support, to move towards independence in ROC Solid houses while still benefitting from ongoing support.
We have a service level agreement with Durham County Council which entails monitoring visits by commissioners.
Many supported housing providers have a no second chance rule. We do not. For example, one care leaver who had aggressive behaviours and alcohol/drugs issues, was evicted four times over several years but we took her back for the fifth time. She is now part of the management team of a recreation centre and lives independently from the charity.