24-hour support centre to help city’s homeless
forfutures, which is working with the Council to end rough sleeping in the borough, has applied for planning permission to turn a Council-owned building in Chester into a much-needed support centre. Find out more…
World Homeless Day marked six months of forfutures
Marking World Homeless Day: The forfutures team has enabled 95 people to receive outreach support to move indoors from the street, 220 people are receiving support to prevent them from losing their homes and a further 280 people have accessed immediate advice or information at one of the forfutures hubs.
Di was supported by forfutures after finding herself homeless and sleeping rough in churchyards.Read more ...
"I'm delighted that we could help Gemma* to rebuild her relationship with her parents and reach a point where she could move back home and away from the hardship she was experiencing." Read Gemma's* story
"Through collaborative working we have been able to engage with three individuals with complex needs who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and they now have secured accommodation and have support in place" ... Read Alison’s* journey
Women’s Group welcomes all women at Storyhouse
Her Majesty the Queen – accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle – officially opens Chester’s Storyhouse cultural centre on 14th June.
As part of the royal visit to mark the official opening of Storyhouse, our very own Laura-Leigh Thompson, Homeless Prevention Worker, will meet the royals along with members of the Women’s Group she runs. Read more ...
26 people engaged with our Outreach Team during the outreach on the first Chester race day of the year. Six people went on to meet with the forfutures team to make their first steps into moving away from the street. Read more ...
Our vision is ‘Improved Lives’, we want communities to thrive, we put the person at the centre of our approach. We believe that all residents are entitled to high quality homes, safe and sustainable neighbourhood environments, and increased life chances and opportunities in relation to health, education and employment.
We recognise that realising this vision is heavily reliant on strong and effective partnership working, we know that together we achieve more.
Supporting over 500 people to improve their futures
On 1 April 2018 more than 80 staff transferred, from four existing contracts, to ForViva to deliver the forfutures homeless support service in Cheshire West and Chester.Read more
What is SWEP?
Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) aims to get rough sleepers off the streets during periods of below zero night-time temperatures, by providing emergency accommodation. The trigger for SWEP is when the night time temperature is predicted to be zero degrees or below for three consecutive nights. There is a duty to ensure that there is provision in place for all rough sleepers during periods of extreme cold weather, to prevent people dying on the streets. Taken from StreetLink.
Who are ForViva?
ForViva is a strategic partner to Cheshire West and Chester Council currently delivering the 10-year contract to manage 5,500 homes in Ellesmere Port, Neston and Winsford, under the brand ForHousing. Our Community Impact Strategy will ensure our work goes far beyond the management of properties and works to create more education and employment opportunities, improve health and wellbeing and make neighbourhoods safer.
The forfutures homeless support service contract is an extension of this partnership and which will run for the next nine years aligned to the housing management contract. ForViva will work in partnership with the Council, supporting them to deliver their extended duties under the Homeless Reduction Act 2017.