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Alonzi Hub

Why Alonzi Hub Model?

Although Alonzi Hub consists of two separate residential children’s homes, Willow Vue and Alonzi House. Which are overseen by Val Jenkinson, who is the Registered Residential Manager of Alonzi Hub and the Service Manager for Edge of Care and Family Contact.


The overall aim of the Alonzi Hub model is to reduce the number of children coming into care and to enable children to remain with their families, when safe and appropriate to do so. We aim to improve outcomes across education, health, well-being and employment and to reduce risk taking behaviour. Alonzi Hub does this by providing the right service, help and guidance at the right time, by responding to referrals in a timely manner and by enabling access to various professionals under one roof - thus, limiting the number of doors young people have to knock on to find the right support they need. 


The Alonzi Hub model is a tried and tested approach to working with young people with complex needs, who are on the edge, or edging towards care. For the 3 years the Alonzi Hub as been in operation we have received an ‘Outstanding’ rating during each of the three years. The staff and professionals of the Alonzi Hub are constantly reviewing and developing our model, to ensure we provide the best possible service for those young people and their families we work with.


Who we work with

Alonzi Hub works with children and young people from before birth to 25 years of age. The young people we work with face multiple life adverities edging towards or on the edge of care. 


Those young people who Alonzi Hub continues to support after 18, will be young people we have worked with before, but are too old to access care services and are struggling with living independently. The support for this higher age cohort will typically be in the form of phone support/guidance or short visits to help with current issues.


“Bespoke packages are delivered by skilled, committed and dedicated staff in a timely and highly effective way. Outstanding practice improves the outcomes for young people and their families.”


 “Staff provide intensive work with the aim of empowering families to stay together. Staff ensure that young people benefit from prompt access to the best possible help and all round support. A cohort of skilled staff work alongside young people and their families, ensuring that effective support and safety plans are in place.”


- Ofset Report 2020.

Willow Vue

Willow Vue Children's Home is a six bed children's home in Gorton, Manchester. The home has a dedicated team of residential staff and managers, providing services for ‘our young people’ 24 hours per day,  7 days a week. 


As Willow Vue has a cohort of children who are looked after, they also have access to their own Clinical Psychologist, a LAC Nurse and an Education Case Worker.


As part of the Alonzi Hub, those young people and families we work with at Willow Vue have access to the Clinical Psychologist, SaLT Worker, and ICR Worker placed at Alonzi House,. All of whom provide services, as needed.


In the near future, we will be hiring specialist foster carers, who will work part time within Willow Vue, with the aim of fostering the young people. The specialist foster carers will be supported by the hub, with staff members going out to help with difficult situations, as well as providing phone support or short term respite.

1 - Manger

1 - Assistant Manager

9 - Key Workers (RCCWs)

4 - NRCCWs

1 - Domestic Support

1 - Business Support

1 - CAHMS Psychologist

1 - GMP Link Officer

1 - LAC Nurse

1 - Education Case Officer

Alonzi House

Located in Ardwick, Manchester, Alonzi House staff provide Outreach Services, Family Group Conferencing and  carry out work around Harmful Sexual Behaviour (AIM)  with young people and their families.  Due to the varied nature of the work carried out through Alonzi House, our staff are usually working with as many as 70 - 80 young people  at any given time.


The team at Alonzi House are passionate staff members and managers, who are all trained to provide the aforementioned services to a high standard. Furthermore we work closely with a vast network of outside professionals and agencies, such as an Educational Psychologist, Youth Justice, GMP, YASP, Virtual Schools, CAMHS and Complex Safeguarding. 


Based within Alonzi House, but providing services across the hub, are a Clinical Psychologist, a Speech and Language Therapist and an ICR worker (mental health). Enabling us to provide various and bespoke services to young people and their families. They are well placed to follow up cases with outside agencies, where inside knowledge of those systems is beneficial.  As well, these valued members of the team  provide training, guidance and clinical supervision for our Key worker staff.


Alonzi House provides weekend services, where four dedicated respite beds can be offered to young people, if circumstances at home justify such an intervention. This will always be looked at on a case to case basis, as the expectation of respite, as and when requested, can, in itself, cause issues.


Alonzi House hosts a single 'crisis' bed (weekends), which is allocated via referrals from the emergency duty service, after 4.30pm on Fridays.


1 - Manger

1 - Assistant Manager

9 - Key Workers (RCCWs)

4 - NRCCWs

1 - Domestic Support

1 - Business Support

1 - CAHMS Psychologist

1 - GMP Link Officer

1 - LAC Nurse

1 - Education Case Officer

Requesting Services

All requests for services are screened to identify which service(s) are needed, so the young person is allocated to the appropriate person/people.

 

Once support services are provide regular reviews ensure each young person is moving along the defined trajectory. 


The referral process varies, pending on which service you would like to request. 


If you have any questions about the above services or want to discuss if a certain case fits our criteria before you refer, please feel free to call Alonzi House (0161 234 5602) and discuss.

To Request Outreach Support Service:


Accessing Alonzi Hub Outreach Service is through the Edge of Care Panel, which sits every Tuesday morning.


The child / young person’s social worker makes a referral to the Edge of Care panel through Liquid Logic, using the ‘Children and Families Referral Form’, stating they are requesting Alonzi Outreach. 


An Alonzi Hub manager or staff member will attend the panel to participate in discussion of each request where a decision is made if appropriate for Alonzi House or if ‘another service’ may be more appropriate for that young person and their family. 







To Request Family Group Conferencing Service:


The Social worker needs to fill in a referral form and email to Alonzi House  (prior to clinic). 


The social worker must then attend the Family Group Conference clinic that sits every Wednesday morning between 9am - 12pm at Alonzi House. 


Please find more information and forms on the Family Group Conference page.





To Request Harmful Sexual Behaviour or AIM assessment and / or intervention:


Social workers can referral’s by sending a completed referral form directly to: 

  • Val Jenkinson
  • Frances Lehane
  • Baldur Rafnsson
  • Leon Murray.






Developed by: Stephen Brock, M.S.W., Social Work Consultant. stephen.brock@manchester.gov.uk 

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