Barnsley Council’s Shared Lives service has been presented with the Scheme Innovation award for 2019. At the Shared Lives Plus Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony, the service was praised for their work to provide family-model of support to people at risk of becoming homeless.
In April 2019, a new pilot scheme was launched under the Shared Lives offer to work with the council’s Housing Options Team to identify people who would benefit from support for a period of up to twelve weeks.
The project supports adults who are at risk of becoming homeless to rebuild their lives by offering housing-related support which includes application to landlords, bidding on properties and preparing to move on, also to support with ongoing health issues, budgeting and social isolation.
The project offers a fantastic alternative to hostel or Bed and Breakfasts and helps to establish lasting friendships and support networks, delivering benefits that can extend to the future.
The pilot will continue until the end of March 2020, during this time, the team will be working to evaluate the service and identify possible future funding and plans.
Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Communities, said: “Thank you to all involved in making the pilot programme a success. Our dedicated team of carers, Shared Lives officers and Housing Options colleagues have worked hard to ensure these placements have been successful, making a huge impact on the lives and communities of those involved.”
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