More support for borough’s vulnerable communities

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2018

A new partnership with between the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and other key agencies will mean more support can be given to some of the borough’s most vulnerable communities.

The new partnership will work to ensure that those rough sleeping can be offered effective coordinated support. The coalition has been recognised as a national Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) approach area; with the council receiving a package of support equivalent to around 20 days per year from their team. Being part of this group will provide community wardens, housing, police and drug & alcohol support teams access to learning and resources from across the rest of the MEAM network, allowing the council to trial new approaches that have seen better support, a reduction in rough sleeping, or improved rates of engagement with support services in other locations.

Cllr Mike Airey, lead member for environmental services (including parking, flooding, housing and performance management), said: “This is a great complement to our homelessness strategy that was approved recently (at 22 November’s cabinet) and will give us additional support to improve the lives of those who are rough sleeping or who are at risk of homelessness.

“We look forward to working with MEAM further to put vital plans in place to help vulnerable people and families in the borough and improve their daily lives.”

The Royal Borough has been assigned a local partnerships manager who will begin work with our CSP senior management group, to begin drafting an action plan for the 2019/20 year.

The MEAM coalition has been able to extend its work thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. The Royal Borough is one of 25 areas that will benefit.

More information on MEAM can be found online: http://meam.org.uk/ or on twitter @MEAMcoalition.

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