Oldham homelessness prevention service wins award for success

News item posted: 19 June 2017

A vital service preventing homelessness and deprivation has been awarded for the impact it has made on Oldham communities at a prestigious award ceremony held in Liverpool.

Oldham Floating Support Partnership, a joint effort of Threshold and Turning Point with housing associations Aksa Homes and First Choice Homes Oldham won in the 'North West Collaborative Action' category at the Responsible Business Awards on Wednesday 25th June, hosted by BBC journalist Louise Minchin. Both Threshold and Aksa are part of the New Charter Housing Trust Group.

Supporting people to live well independently in their homes, Oldham Floating Support Partnership is funded by Oldham Council to work through debt, health, benefits, jobs and training, tenancy management and a range of other issues faced by people in the local community.

In doing so, the service can work to prevent evictions, repossessions and homelessness before it happens - and the service has helped 314 people to remain in their homes since 2011. This focus on prevention is cost effective too - it is estimated that £3.66 is saved for every £1 of investment in the service.

Raksha Pattni, Area Director for Business in the Community, the organisation hosting the awards said: "Oldham Floating Support Partnership is a wonderful example of just what can be achieved when businesses come together for the greater good of society."

She added: "Working in this way to help vulnerable people who may otherwise find themselves isolated and without support is transforming lives and the Partnership is a worthy winner of the 2014 award."

Steve Goslyn, Threshold Chief Executive said: "Oldham Floating Support Partnership brings together the specialist experiences of a range of organisations to deliver a service that is much more than the sum of its parts. Oldham Council is encouraging charities and housing associations to collaborate rather than compete in times when we know people are struggling. That's got to be the way forward."

Gill Campbell, Area Operations Manager for Turning Point in the North West said; "We are delighted to have received this recognition with our partners. Our aim is to support more people through their recovery journey and to have more possibilities in their lives. We know that working together is the best way to achieve this."

Councillor Jenny Harrison, Oldham Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "Oldham Floating Support Partnership has been ambitious and influential in how it helps vulnerable people avoid becoming homeless and supporting them to get back on their feet."

"This award shows yet again that the council, charities and organisations working co-operatively together is a high quality and effective way to support people in Oldham."