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Homeless charity receives funding boost to support families through early intervention programme

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Ursula Pattern, Managing Director of Key Ursula Pattern, Managing Director of Key

A Lancashire homeless charity for young people, Key Unlocking Futures, has been commissioned by Lancashire County Council to offer a 12 week early intervention support programme for local families in South Ribble and Chorley, to help prevent future homelessness.

The charity will work with parents and school-aged children to look at problems affecting family life that are having an impact on the child. This will include supporting with parenting skills, boundaries and behaviour, family routine, keeping children safe, school related issues, health and emotional well-being, stress, dealing with debt and other issues affecting the family as a whole.

Ursula Pattern, Managing Director of the Charity, says: ‘We believe that family life is one of the most important influences on children and young people. 'Early intervention', when problems start to emerge and can be more easily solved, ensures children’s success in school and in the wider community.

“We are looking forward to working closely with Lancashire families to build up resilience and problem solving skills so that they are better prepared for the future.”

Key Unlocking Futures joined Progress Housing Group in January 2014, to help maintain and expand services to support young people facing homelessness across South Ribble and Chorley.

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.

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