Groundbreaking new housing support service launches in Cambridgeshire

A new ‘floating’ support service for adults who are at risk of homelessness or need support to set up their new home launches this month in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Social inclusion charity P3 has been commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to provide the newly remodelled ‘Floating Support Service’ from Monday, October 1.

The innovative service will provide early intervention, homelessness prevention support to people at risk of losing their home and who are struggling to manage independently.

Designed to be both flexible and responsive, the new service will provide support for people at their point of need in a way that is best for them. This could be in their own home, over the telephone, in community-based group sessions or even digitally via apps like Skype and WhatsApp.

Cllr Anna Bailey, Chairwoman of the Adults Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “People reach crisis point in their lives for a multitude of reasons and there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to offering support. This innovative service will enable people to access the right support, at the right time, in the right place so that they can resolve the other issues in their lives which will then help to deal with their housing situation and manage independently in the future.”

The P3 service will offer a package of bespoke, individualised support to address the reasons why someone is struggling to maintain their property and help them to continue to live in their own home.

Mark Simms, Chief Executive of P3, said: "We’re delighted to be able to deliver this new service in Peterborough and across the wider county of Cambridgeshire.P3 as an organisation started by running a number of homeless hostels, however we quickly realised that whilst providing accommodation for people is one solution, what we really needed to do was develop the support mechanisms across communities that would enable people to access the right form of assistance to promote stability and enable people to continue living within the security of their own homes, and I’m proud to say this new service aims to do exactly that.

“Our first and foremost priority though is to ensure that current clients accessing services are informed and engaged with, making the transition as smooth and positive for them as we possibly can.”

For more information about the new P3 Floating Support Service, call 0808 1698099 or email [email protected].



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