Plus Dane Shap to continue vital support services in Halton


Housing association Plus Dane, working in partnership with SHAP, has been awarded a new three year contract to continue providing vital support services to help vulnerable people in Halton live independently.

In 2012 Plus Dane and SHAP were commissioned by Halton Borough Council to provide support to those at risk of homelessness due to mental health or behavioural issues, as well as people from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds, and has been successfully providing the services for the last three years.

Following a competitive tender process, Plus Dane Shap was successfully awarded a renewed contract to deliver the services, which include helping service users to access employment, reduce debt, maximise income and prevent homelessness over a period of six months to help them live independently.

Over the last three years, the services have successful engaged over 1,000 vulnerable people, contributed over £200,000 to the local economy and met 97% of clients’ needs within the six month period that support is provided. The impact of this support has been significant, with 84% saying they felt more confident interacting with others, and 100% felt more optimistic about their futures.

Barbara Spicer, Plus Dane Chief Executive, said: “I’m really pleased that we were able to demonstrate the value of Plus Dane Shap’s support services and continue to deliver these services for Halton. Providing the right support to vulnerable people experiencing mental health problems or facing homelessness really does make all the difference. It helps people to maintain independence, build confidence and improve wellbeing, and we are looking forward to working with Halton Borough Council to help even more people transform and rebuild their lives over the next three years.”

Cllr Ron Hignett, Halton Council’s Executive Board member for housing services, commented: “Plus Dane and SHAP have worked in Halton for a number of years and have an excellent track record of partnership working, providing high quality support services to enable people to avoid homelessness and address issues of debt, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse. They have also committed to offering additional support to their clients through work placements and a programme ofactivities.”

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