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Brighter Futures is pleased to announce that Housing First Stoke-on-Trent Manager, Jane Turner ,has been selected to deliver a national Housing First training programme: Housing First for Frontline Workers. Jane, Manager of Housing First Stoke-on-Trent, has more than 20 years’ experience working with some of Staffordshire’s most vulnerable people.

Housing First Stoke-on-Trent opened its doors in the City last July. During their first six months, they have proudly helped seven long-term homeless people move off the streets permanently into their own flats.

Led by Brighter Futures, the service is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and provides housing options and intensive support for people for who traditional homelessness services aren’t a solution.

Housing First for Frontline Workers is designed to address long-term homelessness, helping new Housing First services get off the ground across the UK. The training will be offered to new pilot schemes in Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands. Jane has been selected as one of only seven Housing First managers from across the country to deliver the scheme.

Alongside the new initiative, Jane will also be leading an ‘Introduction to Housing First’ training, which will be available to anyone wishing to learn more about the work of Housing First. Homeless Link, who oversee Housing First England, will handle all referrals for both.

On her achievements, Jane comments: “I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved in Stoke-On-Trent, and I can’t wait to share it with other Housing First schemes around the country. We’ve grown so much over the last six months – despite all the obstacles our customers face every day. This has allowed us to have a real impact on people’s lives. The time is right to look at expanding the skills of workers across the country and hopefully we can tackle homelessness for good.”

Housing First Stoke-On-Trent is a three-year pilot service that works on the idea that for people sleeping rough and living with complex needs to be helped to turn their lives around, and to engage in other services effectively, their basic needs should be met first and foremost with a place they can call home.  

 For more information, contact: 01782 450 844 or email: referrals@housingfirststoke.org.uk.

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