Commissioner helps fund Bradford charities’ work to house and support homeless people (11 Dec 2017)

1Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has given a £5000 grant to Bradford Cyrenians for their Re Start Project.

The Re Start project works to house homeless people in 1 of their 10 fully furnished flats in Bradford.

Once a service user has accommodation a Supported Housing Officer works intensively with them to address the issues that led them to sleep rough in the first place. The Housing Officer works in partnership with other agencies such as the police, probation service, drug and alcohol services, primary health services and mental health services in order to offer holistic individual support to each service user.

Bradford Cyrenians are a registered charity who have been working with vulnerable homeless people since October 1972 when a group of volunteers got together and decided to open a soup run.

Concerned that there were limited services for homeless people in Bradford, the soup run led to the development of an emergency hostel and then over the years the development of their supported housing services.

The £5000 grant came from the PCC's Safer Communities Fund which is financed through money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The money is being used to help fund a Supported Housing Officer to provide support to service users who access the service.

Mark visited the project on last week (08/12) and said: "Bradford Cyrenians are doing a fantastic job of supporting vulnerable people and it was a pleasure to be able to meet some of the staff personally and thank them for their efforts. It was also good to hear direct from a service user about their experiences.

"The Re Start project isn't about quick short term fixes, the help and support their service users receive allows them to make sustainable, life transforming changes for the benefit of everyone in the community.

"The Safer Communities Fund opens for applications again on 8 January 2018, for more information visit my website /safer-communities-fund.aspx."

Ean Monk, Head of Service at Bradford Cyrenians, said: "We are so pleased to have received the grant from the Safer Communities Fund to support our Re-Start project. The project has been operational since March 2009 and over the past 8 years has helped over 140 individuals to get off the streets and in to long term accommodation.

"The Re-Start project is an invaluable service that helps some of the most vulnerable people to rebuild their lives after becoming street homeless. We are very grateful to Mark Burns-Williamson and his team for their continued support."

To find out more about Bradford Cyrenians visit www.bradfordcyrenians.org.uk.

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