We were delighted to receive the recent news of a successful tender for our supported accommodation services for 18 – 24 year olds at the Bridge Project, Birkenhead. Forum have held this contract previously for 25 years and helped many, many thousands of young people receive emergency accommodation, high quality support and help with move on and resettlement. The new contract is for up to four years and allows funding for the employment of a number of specialist staff within the areas of Health, Complex Needs, Life Skills and Meaningful Engagement.
Integrated into the service is Forum’s new safe seat service allowing up to an additional five rough sleepers to be brought in from the cold every night whilst more permanent options are sought. This comes at a time of rising street homelessness and is part of the Association’s joint work with Wirral Borough Council Housing Options and Commissioning Teams.
During the length of the contract, Forum will continue in their commitment to Wirral’s Social Value action plan through the recruitment of volunteers, using locally based staff, supporting educational and workforce development through Chester University student placements and offering support for four local community projects per year. Our staff will support our young people to release their talents to help their immediate communities through joint environmental projects and creating opportunities to give back to their local area.