New Fund to help Homeless Services Prepare for the Future
- 04 Oct
New Fund to Help Homeless Services Prepare for the Future
Source: Homeless Link
The Homelessness Transition Fund has launched a new fund to help homelessness charities respond to pressures caused by rising demand at a time of cuts to funding.
Under Future Ready, voluntary sector organisations that work with homeless people can apply for grants from £5,000 - £25,000 to help them respond to the challenges they face.
With homelessness numbers at their highest since 2008 and six out of every ten projects having had their budgets cut in 2011, Future Ready aims to help organisations prepare for further changes to the commissioning and funding of services.
- Organisations can apply for grants to help them:
- Adopt new ways of working or build their skills base
- Form new partnerships with other organisations
- Test new approaches that will attract funding
- Make difficult decisions about their future
- Improve business planning or collect evidence to show the importance of their work
Eight organisations have already successfully applied to Future Ready, including:
- Over £5,000 for Cornerstone Supported Housing and Counselling Ltd to develop their 'Market Stall' project, which enables clients to sell the produce they make direct to the public.
- Over £20,000 for Petrus People to help them develop their social enterprise arm, including a high-quality furniture refurbishment business.
- £25,000 for the Outpost Housing Project to help them increase the amount they generate from fundraising.
- Over £19,000 for SHP Redbridge Outreach to help them develop a new service for former rough sleepers with complex problems to prevent them from returning to the streets.
The independent Homelessness Transition Fund was set up in 2011 to help support the Government’s rough sleeping strategy ‘Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide’.
Administered by Homeless Link, the umbrella body for homelessness charities, and supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Fund has distributed £11.6m since it first launched in 2011.
To apply for the Future Ready fund, visit: www.homeless.org.uk/fund
Full article available here.
- 10 Mar
THE STATUS OF THE SOCIAL CARE SECTOR REQUIRES IMPROVEMENTs
It was also found that the social care sector has the following characteristics:Social care seems like an adjunct to the NHS instead of being an important service in its own right. While the...
- 29 Apr
Scottish Welfare Fund grants see a 13% rise in applications
Data from the Scottish Government has shown that the number of applications to councils under the Scottish Welfare Fund has increased by 13% in just the last year, reports The Courier.Over the most...
- 16 Jan
Local welfare assistance funds held back by councils
The Centre for Responsible Credit using Freedom of Information requests carried out a study which found that 127 local authorities spent 52.8% of their £148.5m sharing of the local welfare...
- 13 Jan
Landlord scheme has saved the NHS thousands of pounds
The groups - Oldham Council, Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership - consist of 10 social landlords who co-invested in the ‘Warm Homes Oldham'...
- 05 Jan
Calls for NHS funding
Stevens also called for an end to the ‘boom-bust' approach. Stevens told the Financial Times he hoped for more annual funding in addition to the £2bn lifeline that the Chancellor, George Osborne,...
- 30 Dec
New Fundraising Campaign Launched by Hospital Charity
The campaign encourages its supporters to partake in its ‘Every £1 Counts' fundraiser by making a donation and sharing a ‘pound selfie' on Facebook and Twitter throughout January.The charity are...
- 08 Dec
Home care sector facing crisis due to workers’ wages
A study by contractor Mears and the Local Government Information Unit have reported that councils should ensure they pay providers to enable them to pay ‘at least' minimum wage salaries.Liberal...
- 06 Oct
Supported housing service for women and their children has received funding for community garden
Endeavour Housing Associaiton's Rainham House temporary accommodation service has been awarded funding for their Roots and Shoots garden project. Working in partnership with community allotment...
- 03 Oct
Social landlords urged to make do without grants
Speaking to Inside Housing at the Conservative Party conference this week, Mr Lewis said: "If housing associations want to survive without government funding, that's a good thing."He said it would...
- 02 Oct
Supporting People budget cut by £10m by the Welsh government
A draft budget shows the government announcing plans to cut the budget for Supporting People from £134.4m in 2014/15 to £124.4m in 2015/16 which is a drop of 7.4%, reports Inside Housing.Despite...
Responding to the DWP Consultation: Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "It was well-run, in a good location, and very useful. I've only one suggestion; as the session went on it would perhaps have been useful for bullet points of general agreement about what should be in the sector response to be displayed and added to as the session went on, maybe on a flip chart. Regarding your response paper, I particularly like the answer you give to question 9. In fact the general: "if it ain't broke don't fix it" response could be pushed harder." M.P. - Adref Ltd