Council provides support for vulnerable people in Dales

Vulnerable people in the Dales will be helped to live independently in their own homes with the help of organisations working in partnership with Derbyshire County Council.

The council’s Housing Related Support Programme supports more than 27,300 vulnerable people throughout the county including victims of domestic abuse and people with drug and alcohol problems to live independently every year, providing a wide range of services to help them live safely and well.

In a new way of working, the council encouraged larger organisations to team up with smaller groups and charities to form consortia and tender for a round of new contracts.

A number of consortia and a single organisation have successfully bid for contracts to provide housing–related support services across the county.

This means services can be run more cost–effectively and support more people than before, with more than 200 housing placements and support services now being made available for individuals and families. This is around 100 more than before.

Cabinet member for adult care, Cllr Charles Jones, said: “The Housing Related Support Programme provides vital services to people who need extra help and support at certain times so they can get back on their feet and live happy, fulfilled lives.

“It is excellent that larger organisations have teamed up with smaller groups and charities to work together as it protects the smaller charities and groups and they can provide a better spread of services across the county.

“As the consortia can work more cost-effectively it also means we can support more people.”