Charities invited to take part in £46m programme to support vulnerable people

Charities are being asked to express their interest in a new £46m scheme to help provide more effective and co-ordinated support for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

The Changing Futures programme was launched last week by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

It aims to deliver improvements at individual, service and system level.

For individuals it will look to help stabilise and then improve the life situation of adults with multiple disadvantages, who often face entrenched trauma, and experience difficulties in getting the co-ordinated support they need from local services.

It will aim to better integrate those services to provide a person-centred approach and reduce demand on reactive services.

In addition it will help test a different approach to funding, accountability and engagement between local commissioners and services, and central government and local areas.

The initiative is inviting expressions of interest from local partnerships involving organisations including charities, community groups, councils, health bodies and probation services.

Initially it is looking for local areas to state their interest in engaging in the programme with the government in order to learn more about current and planned activity in these areas to inform the selection process.

Following this consultation, grant funding of up to £15,000 will be available for shortlisted areas over the next year to develop a more detailed delivery plan in partnership with the central government programme team.

In years two and three, a further £35.7m will be available for delivery, with grants in the region of £1.5m to £4.5m per area.

Kelly Tolhurst, the housing minister, said: “The Changing Futures programme gives local organisations the flexibility and resources they need to work in partnership to deliver effective support where it is needed most. 

“I look forward to receiving really innovative bids for projects that will make a real difference to so many people’s lives.”

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