After applying to Lloyds TSB Foundation, Bradford Cyrenians is pleased to confirm that we have secured 2 years funding to appoint a resettlement & outreach worker.
We recognise that outreach services are crucial in the lives of vulnerable men as it is the critical period that they will need support around things like making sure benefits are up and running, furniture is purchased, utilities are connected and are registered in the tenants name and that they know how to budget money and pay bills.
It is these first few weeks and months that can be the deciding factor as to whether a tenancy succeeds or fails. We all want our service users to succeed in their tenancies and become good citizens who contribute to their locality. Another reason that tenancies often fail in the first few months is that service users can feel isolated, especially if they are not used to living on their own or if they move to an area where they may not know anyone.
The benefits of having a resettlement & outreach service means it will provide a seamless service from someone moving out of our temporary accommodation and into their new home. In addition to establishing the service user in their home they would also help in engaging them in long-term goals such as volunteering work, sports activities or work-like activities such as training education and employment.