- New scheme to help adults across England facing multiple disadvantages such as homelessness and mental health issues
- Local partnerships will provide joined-up support for better outcomes
- Lessons learned from ‘Changing Futures’ scheme will inform national policy
A £46 million scheme to provide more effective and coordinated support for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities was launched on Thursday 10th December by Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Kelly Tolhurst.
The Government is inviting local organisations to form partnerships and bid for a share of the funding to better support those who experience multiple disadvantages including homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse and contact with the criminal justice system.
These people are among the most vulnerable in our communities, facing entrenched disadvantage and trauma. They often experience difficulties in getting the coordinated support from local services that they need.
This can lead to increased reoffending, greater risk of rough sleeping and ill-health and can result in a higher demand and costs for local response services and the criminal justice system.
The ‘Changing Futures’ programme aims to establish new, innovative and co-ordinated ways to better support vulnerable adults. The prospectus invites expressions of interest from organisations such as councils, health bodies, police, probation services, voluntary and community sector organisations to form local partnerships.
Minister for Rough Sleeping Kelly Tolhurst said:
“This £46 million funding will help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities turn their lives around and build a brighter future.
“The ‘Changing Futures’ programme gives local organisations the flexibility and resources they need to work in partnership to deliver effective support where it is needed the most. I look forward to receiving really innovative bids for projects that will make a real difference to so many people’s lives.”
The Programme, announced at the Budget, aims to deliver improvements at the individual, service, and system level:
- For individuals, to stabilise and then improve the life situation of adults who face multiple disadvantages
- For services, to better integrate local services to provide a person-centred approach and reduce demand on reactive services.
- For the local system to test a different approach to funding, accountability and engagement between local commissioners and services, and central government and local areas.
The programme will run alongside evaluation, applying learning from local areas to national policymaking, aiming to deliver better outcomes with taxpayers’ money.