200,000 lives changed, building better futures

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Around 200,000 homeless and vulnerable people across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire have benefited from the support of Framework which celebrates its 20th anniversary today.

To mark the occasion Framework has launched Building Better Futures, a major fundraising campaign to raise £3,000,000 to help fund 200 new homes over the next five years.

Framework, which is now one of the UK’s leading charities supporting homeless and vulnerable people, was created from the merger in July 2001 of two small Nottingham homelessness charities – Macedon and Nottingham Help the Homeless Association (NHHA).

Doing more to help more people

In the twenty years since those small beginnings Framework has steadily increased its range of services and the number of people it helps each year, and delivers those services across a much wider area: in its first year of operation (2001/02) Framework supported 2,442 people mostly in Nottingham; in the year to March 2021 the charity supported 16,537 people across Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Sheffield.

Framework’s wide range of services now comprises housing, health services, employment advice, and support and care: it has developed specialist services to support people with drug, alcohol and mental health issues, as well as services for people with training and employment needs.

The range of people supported has also grown to include, for instance, extensive specialist services for young people across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

In addition Framework is engaged with a wide range of partners to deliver strategic services such as the drug and alcohol pathway in Nottingham with partners including the NHS, and the DWP’s Covid-related Job Entry Targeted Support employment programme across Nottinghamshire.

200 homes for people in greatest need

From the start Framework, a registered social landlord, has been active in providing additional good quality supported accommodation to meet the shortfall of suitable housing for homeless people – either hostels or dispersed move-on accommodation in the community.  As a result Framework currently houses up to 1,224 people at any one time.

To mark its 20th anniversary Framework is continuing its quest for sufficient good quality housing with the launch of Building Better Futures to help fund 200 new homes across the areas in which Framework operates – including Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – over the next five years. The £3,000,000 to be raised by this major fundraising campaign will contribute to the overall cost of a capital programme in excess of £20m.

The new accommodation, based on the principles of Housing First, will provide housing with sustained support that is individually tailored to help people with the most complex needs, not only arising from extended periods of rough sleeping but also drug and alcohol abuse, imprisonment, mental health difficulties and domestic abuse.

Housing First is a simple idea now being widely adopted across the UK and elsewhere: give someone their own place and provide intensive and bespoke support, care and treatment as needed.

A passionate commitment

Framework’s Chief Executive Andrew Redfern, who was one of the architects of the merger 20 years ago, has said:

“The most important legacy that Framework inherited from Macedon and NHHA is a passionate commitment to helping people in need based on the provision of good quality housing and appropriate support.  Through all the changes in social policy and economic circumstances that have taken place in the last 20 years that commitment is undimmed and those guiding principles remains the same.

A massive ‘Thank you’

“This work has been generously and consistently supported by members of the public as well as organisations and businesses of all kinds and we’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive ‘Thank you’.

Buy a brick – or fund a building!

“However this is also an occasion to invite continued support at a time when homelessness is increasing and the needs of homeless people are increasingly complex: our Building Better Futures campaign is a major initiative to help transform the lives of homeless people with the greatest needs.

“People can help us reach our £3,000,000 target in many ways – from buying a brick to funding an entire building. We invite people to celebrate this important milestone for Framework by contributing to this project to help people in the greatest need.”

Your next steps

Please find out more about Framework’s Building Better Futures campaign and make a donation.

Read about the life-changing impact of Housing First.

You can talk to one of our fundraisers about Building Better Futures by emailing fundraising@frameworkha.org or calling 0115 970 9558 during office hours.