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After 9 years in the role Mike Wolfe is retiring as Chair of Brighter Futures. His official last day with the organisation is today (Tuesday 31st May 2016)
Mike Wolfe said
“Working with Brighter Futures has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and a great way to end my career.
If Brighter futures didn`t exist, there would be many more local people sleeping on our streets or destroying their lives with, drugs, alcohol or other ill-advised ways of dealing with problems like childhood abuse, domestic violence or serious mental illnesses. These are all problems which can easily spill over into anti-social behaviour and require expensive interventions. Thanks to the help of our wonderful team of professional staff who support people day and night 365 days a year, this doesn`t happen. Our services enable local people to cope with their problems and regain control of their lives in order to become full members of local communities again.
I am proud of the economic impact of Brighter Future`s activities, in the last decade we have managed a programme of developments which will put more than £10million pounds worth of housing into the city. We provide jobs for more than 200 people, we give job training and support which gets hundreds of customers back into work”
Helena Evans, Chief Executive of Brighter Futures said
“Mike has been an inspirational chair for Brighter Futures. He’s been an ambassador for us, our work and most importantly our customers. On a personal level Mike has been massively supportive to me since I became Chief Executive last year. He will be greatly missed by everybody here.”
Mike has been a key figure in Stoke on Trent for many years. In 2002 he became the City`s first Elected Mayor, before that he’d worked at the CAB for more than 20 years and he’s also been a Sentinel columnist.
Brighter Futures will announce Mike’s successor in the near future.
Brighter Futures is pleased to announce planning approval has been granted for work on Ringway House in the City Centre.
The former Peach Data services building on Bryan Street has been empty and on the market for some time. It will now be transformed from redundant office space to brand new high quality city centre living flats.
Brighter Futures is proposing to invest almost £2 million in this work to not only provide 18 single flats but to also regenerate and improve the immediate area between Ringway House and our Hope Street Hostel. This area has been neglected and left derelict for some considerable time.
Ringway House is not hostel accommodation. The single independent flats will be used by people who no longer need support at hostel level and have demonstrated they have the life skills and abilities to manage a tenancy.
Brighter Futures supports people in maintaining independent living and in no way condones anti-social or criminal behaviour.
In regards to recent reports about anti-social behaviour and Brighter Futures customers, Chief Executive Helena Evans said
“We recognise the time of the planning consultation coincided with the Christmas period and there was an increase at that time in drink-related anti-social behaviour in the city centre. Brighter Futures works closely with the Safer City Partnership and the Police in the area and can confirm that such incidents were not largely caused by our customers.
Brighter Futures has met with colleagues in the local police service to understand the concerns raised and believe that we have been able to address them.”
Brighter Futures provides creative support, housing and employment which leads to positive changes in people’s lives. The organisation has been working in the City Centre since 1974 and has been actively providing support for people sleeping rough in association with the Police, Fire and other statutory services since 1995.
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