Leeds shows positive impacts through supporting vulnerable people

Leeds City Council has had a positive impact in Leeds since 2003 supporting some of the most vulnerable groups of people in the city.

The Leeds Housing Related Support Programme (formerly known as the Supporting People Programme) has been through a period of significant change in the last year. This has included re-modelling key elements of the programme, responding to central government budget reductions and implementing on-going service improvements.

The programme has also commissioned services for people experiencing domestic abuse. A review of drug and alcohol services in the city is currently being undertaken, as is a review of services for older people and people with disabilities.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“At the centre of all our decisions has been to ensure we meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable groups in our city.

“Following consultation, the redesign of provision has enabled the programme to better meet the needs of clients and realise efficiency savings whilst ensuring capacity to respond has been maintained. In 2012/13 we were able to support 13,240 individuals/households.

“We have on-going budget challenges, but have worked closely with our services users to determine new approaches which offer a more modern and effective approach to dealing with issues.

“A new city wide mental health and housing support service – Positive Pathways, was launched in April 2013. The service provides floating support for people who are settling in after a stay in hospital, leaving prison or already living in the community but experiencing problems managing their tenancy. The consortium of local voluntary sector organisations is led by Community Links.

“The programme has had a positive impact across Leeds since 2003 and we want to continue this into the future with the primary aim of supporting vulnerable people to achieve and sustain independent living."

The primary aim of the service is to support people in the city to achieve and sustain independent living. The key changes have revolved around the remodelling of homeless provision in the city and ensuring that the council works closely with stakeholders and clients to ensure a more modern approach where there has been a move towards self-contained accommodations rather than hostel based provision. Provision is flexible and responsive with a focus on partnership working to develop integrated pathways for clients and long term solutions.

A new single point of entry service has also been launched to support young people aged 16-24 to sustain independent living, develop financial awareness, access training and work and improve their health and well-being. The Flagship scheme provides 150 trainer flats and offers additional floating support. The consortium is led by GIPSIL and has already helped over 100 young people with accommodation since July.

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk