Ridley Villas is a supported accommodation service providing support to women with children living in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Ridley Villas aims to provide a safe and therapeutic space for families. We aim to support families in their recovery and on their own personal journey to gain skills they need to have positive, independent lives as women and as parents.
Our overall aim is to enable families to make positive choices and live happily.
What we do
At Ridley Villas, we work to change the lives of vulnerable women and children.
We take a whole-family approach to the work that we do and ensure that we work closely with all other professionals involved with a family.
We use a three-stage model of support for the women and children that we help:
The first stage is about reaching out and engagement. Prior to a family moving into Ridley Villas we will arrange to meet up with them at a place that they feel safe. This is to start to develop a healthy and trusting relationship between the family and staff. A trusting relationship is key to moving forward for a brighter future.
We have a consistent, reliable and empathic approach to the way we work.
Stage Two focuses on the family’s recovery and resilience. This is where we start to look at and acknowledge past abuse, relationships and other factors which impact on the woman’s mental health.
We work closely with other agencies to support women and children access more therapeutic group work such as DBT, Freedom Programme, and DARE.
At Ridley Villas, we run a therapeutic "mums-to-be" recovery group and a "baby group" for both parent and child to attend to ensure that we can observe and promote positive attachments and relationships.
Our final stage of support is to encourage community integration. This stage is tailored to the individual as we understand that everyone has different motivations for wanting to change their life. This means that the level of social integration varies.
We actively encourage families to access recovery groups and also baby groups within the community. The team are able to support families to attend these groups however ultimately we are trying to create an independence where women feel confident accessing them when we are no longer involved.