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Local Housing Association Brighter Futures welcomes David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, to Stoke-on-Trent today to launch its flagship recovery service Furlong Court.
The service offers housing and support to 20 people at any one time. It provides access to expert staff throughout the day and night, enabling people who have become trapped in the cycle of addiction to understand and deal with the issues that underlie their addiction. Individuals are encouraged to develop their goals and aspirations and plan their own journey of recovery to a healthier and more fulfilled life.
Furlong Court demonstrates a clear and exciting example of the innovation and creativity of the supported housing sector and is the first of a new generation for Brighter Futures; giving local people tailored support and safe accommodation in which they can recover at a time when they need it most.
This service is an excellent example of partnership working between Brighter Futures, the Homes and Communities Agency, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Stoke on Trent City Council.
Helena Evans, Chief Executive of North Staffordshire based Brighter Futures said: “Furlong Court marks another success in our ambitious development programme and represents a creative solution to rescuing a shell of a building that could have ended up becoming a derelict eyesore within Burslem. It is the start of a new chapter in our provision of high quality housing and support for people with multiple and complex needs wishing to address their addictions.”
“The service demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting people who have fallen through the net of mainstream services and who need help to deal with their problems and live independent lives. We are especially pleased that David is sharing the celebration with us and Furlong Court residents today and are looking forward to developing and strengthening partnerships with businesses and community groups in the Burslem area”
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