Turning Tides gets funding

Turning Tides, the local charity supporting homeless and vulnerably housed men and women submitted a bid to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for the Rough Sleeper Initiative Fund – and won!

Anesta Joseph, Turning Tides’ Outreach Coordinator for Horsham said: “£84K of funding is a tremendous amount which can further develop all that is being achieved in Horsham, alongside Horsham District Council. Since December 2017, there have been 86 referrals to Horsham Outreach from StreetLink. 100 new clients presented the last financial year and we are seeing a consistent increase in the number of people attending our Horsham Breakfast Drop In. There is a definite need for more resources to enhance the service provided in Horsham and this will go a long way to achieving better outcomes for vulnerable local people who are at risk or currently are sleeping rough.”

As a direct result of the additional funding, Turning Tides are looking to increase their team in Horsham and are recruiting for a Support Coodinator whose role will be to help individuals who are homeless, with multiple needs, navigate local services, advocating on the clients behalf, to ensure they have access to the right support at the right time. This role will also focus on supporting those placed into housing through the Housing First Model, those in temporary accommodation and those placed into other forms of accommodation such as social housing and privately rented.

Jeremy Quinn, MP for Horsham said; “I am delighted Turning Tides have received this funding boost from the Government. They do invaluable work with local people who really need the support. I am very excited that as a result of this grant they are looking to extend their team.”

Acquiring and sustaining accommodation is of paramount importance and the new Support Coordinator will be able to make a real change to clients’ lives by providing intensive support to ensure those at risk of becoming homeless or those who have become homeless have a better chance of keeping a roof over their heads.

Recruitment is underway for the Horsham Support Coordinator role, the closing date for vacancies is Tuesday 30th April 2019. If you are interested in the role visit: https://www.turning-tides.org.uk/support-co-ordinator-horsham-district-fixed-term/

Turning Tides’ Horsham Drop-In opens on Monday mornings (9am – midday) at the Salvation Army (Booth Way, Depot Road, RH13 5PZ) providing practical support such as food, clothing and showers and advice and information from specialist workers from local support services. For more information contact: horsham@turning-tides.org.uk

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