Posted: 01/04/2018

A newly contracted service providing homeless prevention and support to some of the most vulnerable in West Cheshire has launched.

The service, which will be run by ForViva and branded ‘forfutures’, will continue to support those who are at risk of being homeless, those without secure accommodation or ‘sofa surfing’, and people sleeping rough.

It will provide both temporary and permanent accommodation across the area, while the outreach service team will continue to engage with rough sleepers and work in partnership with the voluntary sector and statutory services.

Janet Lawton, Strategic Homeless Lead for forfutures, said: “Over the past six months our team has worked closely with Cheshire West and Chester Council, the existing service providers and partners to ensure as smooth a transition as possible in April.

“We have the opportunity to refresh the approach to supporting those who are amongst the most vulnerable in society and will be working with staff, customers and partners to make improvements to the current services.

“The service delivered by forfutures will bring a fresh approach to homeless support in the borough including increasing the support available to people to prevent them becoming homeless.”

Changes will start to be implemented throughout April. Due to the unreasonable cold weather, Richmond Court will remain partially open with access to emergency safe seats during this transition period.

Advice and information hubs in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford will provide access to immediate support, while the support already in place to help people in a more flexible way in locations and at times that works for them will continue.

Staff under the four existing contracts (P3, Forum Housing, Foundation Enterprises North West (FENW), Stonham Home Group) will transfer to deliver the forfutures service.

New referrals or enquiries about the service can be made by:

• calling 0300 123 2442 (select option 3 for forfutures)

• emailing hello@forfutures.co.uk

• via www.forfutures.co.uk

Members of the public should call the 24-hour hotline 0300 123 2442 to let the forfutures Outreach team know someone is seen rough sleeping in west Cheshire.

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