3 May 2013

GreenSquare to run new Gloucestershire support service

From June there will be a new approach to ensuring that people in Gloucestershire who need support to live independently get the right support, at the right time, and in the right place.

The new community-based housing-related support service will be delivered locally by two experienced providers selected by Gloucestershire County Council and representatives of the Supporting People Partnership after a rigorous tendering process.

GreenSquare will lead on the delivery in Gloucester, Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury; and the social inclusion charity P3 will lead on delivering services in Cheltenham, Cotswolds and Stroud.

The ultimate aim is to improve the quality of people’s lives, promote and maintain independent living, encouraging people to build on their existing strengths and develop the skills they need to live an independent life.

This flexible service will also work with people who are in crisis, helping them develop a route out of trouble and provide support and guidance to reduce the likelihood of crisis reoccurring.

Services will be provided by phone, in people’s homes, and at local centres from June.

P3 and GreenSquare will work with current clients and stakeholders in Gloucestershire to ensure a smooth transition into the new service between now and June.

Martin Mellors, head of supported housing at GreenSquare, said: "Already having many years of experience of providing housing and support in the county, we're excited to have been selected to deliver this vitally important service in Gloucestershire.

"What's special about the approach we're taking is that the service will be designed to really 'join up' the different strands of support that someone may need to avoid getting into difficulty and risk losing their home. Our staff will be working with service users to help them plug in to, and connect with, people, places and facilities locally in their local community – and it's that which will give the support longevity."

Mark Simms, deputy chief executive of P3 said "We’re delighted to be able to run this new service in the county. The ultimate aim is to improve a service user’s quality of life and promote or maintain independent living. We believe everybody has the right to live in their own home. This service will ensure that whether people live in a rural village, town or city in Gloucestershire; they can get the same level of support, to help keep their homes and live independently.

"This also compliments our homelessness service for adults with complex needs that we deliver across the county, as by taking this sort of early intervention approach, people are less likely to lose their accommodation and become homeless."

Kath Rees, Lead Commissioner at Gloucestershire County Council, said “Our aim is to enable people to live as independently as possible, remaining in their own homes and local community for as long as they want to.

“The Supporting People Partnership Board Members that evaluated the bids were very confident in both providers’ approaches to supporting people to independent living. Both providers share the partnerships values and will offer choice and control so that the most vulnerable residents of Gloucestershire can gain the means to live as independently as possible.”

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