Homeless and vulnerable young people to be helped by new partnership

by Neil Skinner
26 Nov 2012

Homeless and vulnerable young people across Derbyshire will benefit from a new, life-enhancing housing and support initiative.

SAFE, a partnership between Stonham, Adullam and Framework housing associations, has been commissioned by Derbyshire County Council Adult Care to deliver a range of life enhancing services over the next three years. It will:

  • Provide high quality supported accommodation
  • Enable young people to develop the skills to live independently
  • Prevent youth homelessness and its associated problems. 

SAFE, which was formally launched on Friday afternoon (November 23rd) at Derbyshire Dales District Council, in Matlock, will provide quality accommodation to some young people, and support others in their own homes.

Staff will work with a wide range of vulnerable people between the ages of 16 and 25, including teenage parents, pregnant young women, care leavers, substance misusers, and offenders – helping them to address problems, access training and education and live fulfilled and stable lives.

Dave Smith, Framework Service Director for Floating Support, said: “The aim of the service is simple: to prevent long-term social exclusion and entrenched homelessness tomorrow by providing effective services today. Framework offers services throughout the East Midlands and we know from experience how effective they are.

“Homelessness or the risk of becoming homeless is hard to cope with at any age, but they can be particularly challenging for young people, whose transitions to adult life can be severely impacted by the experience. SAFE will offer the extra support, advice and encouragement needed to ensure successful transitions to adult life.

“By investing in vulnerable young people we are not only helping them; we are reducing their potential cost to society at large.”

Steve Woods, Director of Business Development at Adullam Homes said: “The introduction of SAFE will mean we can actively provide the support and skills needed to help young people lead more fulfilled lives. This service will play a vital role in meeting the housing and support needs of young people who could potentially become homeless.”

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones added: “This service will provide vulnerable young people with valuable support when they need it most, helping them to make the transition in to adult life.

“We believe that this could make all the difference to young people and they will know where to turn to receive help and support on a wide variety of issues, from housing and budgeting to training and employment.”

To make a referral or to find out more information please contact Framework’s Central Access Point (CAP) 0800 055 6184 or email cap@frameworkha.org

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