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Progress Housing Group signs charity partner


Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities

(L-R) Key’s Director, Ursula Pattern and Jacqui De-Rose, Group Chief Executive for Progress Housing Group. (L-R) Key’s Director, Ursula Pattern and Jacqui De-Rose, Group Chief Executive for Progress Housing Group.

A Lancashire housing group has joined forces with homeless charity, Key Unlocking Futures, to help maintain and expand services to support young people facing homelessness.

Key is a Lancashire based charity who decided to join Progress Housing Group, which owns and manages over 10,000 homes, to extend its independent support work and provide much needed services for local people. Key predominantly provides support to young people up to the age of 25 who are homeless or worried that they might become homeless. Over the last year Key has provided services to 493 homeless, or potentially homeless, young people in the South Ribble and Chorley areas of Lancashire.

The range of services provided by the charity includes information and advocacy to young people who are either homeless or faced with homelessness. Key also provides floating support to young people in their accommodation. It offers a drop-in service for young people, counselling and mediation services as well as employment coaching.

Key remains an independent company, retaining  it independent board of management and will continue to operate as a charity within the not-for-profit housing group. Key Unlocking Futures has also moved into new premises at Balfour Court in Leyland town centre, which have been provided by Progress Housing Group.

Jacqui De-Rose, Group Chief Executive of Progress Housing Group, said: ‘I am delighted  that our two organisations have come together. Our services are complementary in many ways and, by making the most of our combined knowledge and skills, we will be able to reach more people in need of support services. Key Unlocking Futures will remain an independent organisation and, in partnership, we will aim to increase service provision across the North West, continuing to make a positive difference in the communities in which we work.’

Gwen Crawford, Chair of Trustees at Key, said: ‘Key Unlocking Futures is really pleased to have joined Progress Housing Group, as we believe they are just as committed as we are to providing excellent services for our clients. We have chosen to take this step because we believe that by working together we will be able to do more to support young people to cope during a difficult time in their lives and to move on to a better future.’

Progress Housing Group includes three housing subsidiaries, New Progress Housing Association, which owns 4,023 homes in the North West; New Fylde Housing Association, which owns 2,199 homes across the North West and the Group’s supported housing provider, Progress Care Housing Association, which owns 4,128 homes across the UK. The Group employs over 500 staff and had an annual turnover in 2012/13 of £64m.

 Progress Housing Group provides housing and support that is tailored to meet the needs of its customers; from supporting those experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic abuse, to giving greater independence to older or vunerable people.


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