Continued support for those most in need

Published
08.11.2016

Gloucestershire County Council is looking to extend contracts to several different services that support people in vulnerable circumstances to achieve independent living.

On Wednesday 16th November, cabinet will be asked to approve one year extensions to services that provide support to people in vulnerable circumstances so that they can achieve independent living. This means that support will be in place for a further year whilst we continue to consider how best to meet the needs of people in the county.

Cabinet is also considering bringing several different contracts in line so that the county council can then look in detail to see how the services work together.  The aim of doing this is to have the best possible support for people in vulnerable situations and look at how these services could work better together in future.

The services are part of the settled safe and secure lives policy which sets out the council's commitment to supporting people to live independently and reconnecting them with their communities to promote recovery and longer term stability.

The services being looked at are:

The Gloucestershire Welfare Support Scheme provides goods and services on a no cash basis to eligible adults and families.

Community based support (CBS) is available to people at risk of losing their home or in need of practical support to develop skills around tenancy management, maintaining their homes, maximising their income and access to work and volunteering.

Accommodation based services (ABS) provides support to people with high and complex needs to prepare them for, and move towards, independent living. Services include homeless services, supporting rough sleepers as a first step to moving off the streets and others with complex needs and chaotic lifestyles; services for people with mental health issues and ex offenders.

Ex-offender personalisation service helps vulnerable people with a recent history of offending to achieve independence.

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care, said: "Protecting the most vulnerable people in Gloucestershire is a key priority for the County Council.

"We want to continue to provide services that really help those in the most vulnerable circumstances, and carry on looking at how we can better run them in future.

"By bringing all the contracts in line with each other, we can look at how they work together so that we can provide flexible support in the community and more intensive accommodation based services when needed."

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