As a leading housing provider in the East Midlands, we already work across 23 local authority areas. We’re ambitious and aim to not just build more homes, but to provide more help to individuals and to communities. Our corporate plan for 2020-23 sets out our vision and how we are working towards it.
The Covid-19 pandemic has put new and unprecedented strain on our local communities and the after shocks are likely to last for many years. At the same time, we know that local authorities and other support services are under immense pressure. With all this in mind, new partnerships will have a vital role to play in recovery and in helping our customers towards 'great tomorrows'. We already work with local authorities to provide housing. In some cases though we join forces to provide services – and we’re looking to do much more in this area.
We have four main areas of focus. Click on the tabs below to find out more:
- Homelessness & housing advice
- Independent living & adapted homes
- Public realm improvements
- Employment support
We currently work with three local authorities (Amber Valley, Erewash and Daventry) to support their homelessness services. As part of this we provide 14 temporary homes. Since April 2020 we have housed 87 homeless applicants in Amber Valley and a further 56 in Daventry.
While rough sleeping is relatively uncommon in Amber Valley, we have supported the council through the Covid-19 pandemic by providing a furnished home specifically for anyone found sleeping rough with signs of Covid infection. This provides a safe recovery space while more permanent accommodation is identified. More generally we have supported direct lets to priority families and individuals during the pandemic to avoid the need for temporary accommodation such as B&Bs.
Futures is not a public body as defined by The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and while we are not subject to the duty to refer people at risk of homelessness, we are nonetheless signed up to the Commitment to Refer campaign lead by the National Housing Federation.
We also think prevention is better than cure so we run two services to help reduce the risk of homeless among our customers with services designed to help them avoid putting their tenancy at risk. This provides both money and employment advice to those at risk of financial hardship. We already have plans to expand these services into a more comprehensive tenancy sustainment service including a range of practical as well as emotional support.
We’re keen to expand these services into new local authority areas. If you want to find out how we can join forces to help tackle homelessness in your area, please contact xxxxxxx.
Most of us want to live independently in our own homes and the right adaptations can play a huge part in this, whether a customer is struggling with disability or age-related problems. That’s why we offer a range of services in this area which includes:
- Match-funded adaptations where this can provide a lifetime adapted home for a family or individual in need.
- Direct lets into existing adapted homes to support those who need adaptations and are happy and able to move.
- Technical solutions to support families and individuals in their home where physical adaptations are not needed.
We spend over a quarter of a million pounds a year in the Daventry area alone on adapting homes for people with support needs. We work closely with experts including occupational therapists (OTs) and specialist contractors to meet the needs of our customers. Since April 2020 we have supported XX new adaptations and supported five new customers to move into adapted homes.
We fund minor adaptations such as grab and handrails without the need for an OT assessment through our own budgets. We also work closely with Amber Valley Borough Council on referrals for Disabled Facility Grant (DFG) funded adaptations in our homes which can include installing telecare and other technology-driven solutions.
Our Home Choices team works with OT’s in Derbyshire and the DFG team in Amber Valley to review and allocate any existing adapted homes that become available for letting. Offers of accommodation to those best-suited to each property are made outside of the normal waiting list as direct lets.
If no suitable homes are available we can adapt vacant properties where necessary to meet the needs of priority applicants on the housing register and reduce waiting times.
We’re keen to talk to other potential partners in this area. Please contact xxxxx to find out more about how we can help.
Most of us want to feel proud of where we live, and being surrounded by a pleasant, safe and accessible environment can play a big part in this. So we invest in the public areas around our homes – involving and engaging with our customers in the process. Much of work is carried out by our in-house landscaping team (formerly known as Greenscape).
Improvements like this are a great opportunity to work in partnership with other organisations that share our vision of great places to live – including housing providers, local authorities and town councils, education and voluntary services and the community.
Our latest project is a pilot, started in August 2020 with the Southbrook Estate in Daventry. This neighbourhood is in need of some regeneration work but this has been hard to achieve with many local organisations working in isolation. Now, a new partnership is helping things move forward for the benefit of residents.
We’re now looking for new opportunities for joint working to enhance the environment, create community cohesion and offer opportunities to those living in other areas. We have a lot to contribute, including:
- working with landscape architects and engaging with local communities to redesign areas of an estate, small or large, to benefit local residents. This can include creating web pages and other materials and events to help encourage community input.
- funding or seeking match funding for projects to improve the quality of life for people in priority areas.
- involving our support services, such as our money advice and employability teams, got those facing hardship in a target area.
- organising clean-up and other community days to support projects and partners.
- working with local authorities to find better energy deals for our customers and the local community.
To find out more, or discuss your projects, please contact xxxxxxxxx
We have a highly successful and well established employment support service for our customers (including former customers). You can find out more about the service, formerly known as Futures Gateways, here.
In 2019-20 we accepted 97 referrals to our employability service – resulting in 60 job interviews and 28 job offers. 16 customers secured full-time jobs with our help – ten more than the previous year.
We also work with Job Centre Plus to offer mentoring to both our customers and the wider community. These sessions include training on CVs, interview techniques and tracking down the right job opportunities. Other projects in this area include virtual work experience and we are currently working on a scheme to engage local businesses with schools in the Daventry area.
Covid-19 and the economic disruption the pandemic has caused is likely to create employment problems for many of our local communities for years to come so new partnerships to support people into work are more important now than ever. Drop us a line at xxxxx to find out how we can work together to be part of the solution.