Homeless scheme celebrates 9th year of helping others
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
Opening event July 2005 Councillor Carl Crompton, Preston City Council's Executive Member for Housing and Direct Services and Foundations Manager, Karen Airnes-Little outside the Foundations building in Preston.
An innovative supported housing scheme, which provides accommodation and supports for people experiencing homelessness across Preston and surrounding areas in Lancashire, celebrated its 9th year at an event last week.
Since the scheme opened in 2005, Foundations based in Preston, Lancashire has enabled 481 men and women aged 16 and over to get back on their feet so they can move on to a permanent home.
The scheme, which is managed in partnership with Preston City Council, provides 22 self-contained high quality flats and a team of specialist support staff available 24-hours-a-day to maintain a safe and supportive environment for the residents.
As well as providing accommodation, the scheme helps residents to improve their long-term prospects with various education, training and voluntary opportunities.
A garden also enables residents to grow their own vegetables which are used in ‘cook and eat’ sessions that give residents the skills to cook healthily on a budget.
Residents can also attend sessions to help with building confidence and developing life skills such as, budgeting, IT, managing debt, plus support with securing long-term suitable accommodation when they are ready to move on.
Foundation’s resident, Adrian Allan, 49, said: “Since coming here it’s been good. They are letting me do it at my own pace until I’m ready to move on. I was homeless for a long time and for the first time I can see what life is about; I can see who I am because of all this.”
Karen Airnes-Little, Project Manager at Foundations, said: “I am so proud of what we have achieved over the past nine years. It is so rewarding seeing people come into the scheme needing our help and support, then leaving and doing well on their own. The scheme has played an extremely important role in breaking the cycle of homelessness for a significant number of people who have gone on to successfully maintain a tenancy and rebuild their lives. In these times of austerity, it is incredibly rewarding to see such positive outcomes and the sustained success of the scheme thanks to partnership working and the commitment of all involved.”
Councillor John Swindells, Deputy Leader of Preston City Council, said: “Foundations is a hugely important and much needed service that has helped literally hundreds of homeless people in Preston rebuild their lives. We are delighted to be working with Progress Housing who do a great job in running the service and help people to get back on their feet.”