We support people with more than housing.

We offer a range of support services:

Support for Young People

We have three projects to support young homeless people into permanent accommodation:

Swan Lane – short-term supported accommodation in a 24 hour staffed hostel with access to supported move on accommodation for single people aged 16 – 22.

Hollinbank House – provides emergency direct access temporary accommodation with support for young homeless people (aged 16-25). It is staffed 24 hours a day.

Lavender Croft – comprises 14 fully-furnished flats for young, single, homeless people with support needs who are able to live semi-independently. Priority is given to tenants moving on from Hollinbank House. It is a short-term service that aims to prepare people for moving on to live independently.

Support for People Experiencing Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling and aggressive behaviour by one person to another in an intimate or family relationship. If it is happening to you, you do not have to deal with it alone. We provide two services.

North Kirklees Women’s Refuge – we can provide you with safe and secure accommodation with support if you have to leave your home.

A support worker can visit you in your home – or if this isn’t safe they can meet you at a local cafe, library or other place of safety for you and the support worker.

If you are experiencing domestic violence from someone in your home – we can advise and help to take action under your tenancy agreement.

Support for Older People

We provide properties in Leeds, Kirklees, Calderdale & Wakefield – we have Support Workers who provide a housing-related support service. The Support Worker service can also be accessed by non-Connect tenants. Connect may be able to provide some aids and adaptations to your home – or we can signpost you to the most appropriate help to make living in your own home easier for you.

We have one sheltered housing scheme – Hawthorn Mill.

Hawthorn Mill Hidden Memories Dementia Café
Our Hidden Memories Café is at Hawthorn Mill. Run in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, the café serves up more than just hot drinks. Visitors can make new friends and join in activities specially designed to spark memories – such as creating ‘life scrapbooks’ and listening to old vinyl on the café’s record player. The café runs from 12pm to 1.45pm on the first Thursday of every month and welcomes anyone experiencing dementia or caring for someone who is.

The Herbert Protocol
We are working with West Yorkshire Police to promote The Herbert Protocol – a scheme that encourages carers and family members to compile useful information about a vulnerable person which could be used in the event of them going missing.

Support for People with Mental Health Issues

Connect’s Mental Health Service provides three services. The first is temporary accommodation-based support in Kirklees for people with mental health problems – the service aims to support clients to maintain their tenancies independently and move on into more permanent, secure & independent accommodation in the community. The second is The Survivors’ Group – a fortnightly social group for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties in Kirklees. The third is floating support workers who work with people with mental health problems in Kirklees.

Engage Leeds

A city-wide housing support service.

Connect deliver the Engage Leeds service in the East North East of Leeds and also offer a city-wide service supporting people with dementia.

Need a support network? Call 0300 5000 600 & ask to speak to someone about a referral for support.