Barnsley Futures reaches out to the district’s vulnerable people

Barnsley Futures reaches out to the district’s vulnerable people image

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council has announced it is launching Barnsley Futures, a care and support service for vulnerable adults in the district.

The council has named West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) as the key partner to deliver the service which will support those struggling with offending, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues.

West Yorkshire CRC is responsible for supervising offenders and ensuring they comply with their sentence and the orders of the court. It manages more than 11,000 offenders at any one time and an average of 900 new cases a month. West Yorkshire CRC is part of Purple Futures, an Interserve-led partnership.

The new service, which is scheduled to start in April, will be delivered in partnership with Foundation and mental health charity Touchstone.

Martin Davies, chief executive of West Yorkshire CRC, said: “Barnsley Futures will play a key role in supporting vulnerable members of the local community across the Barnsley District bringing together several charities and local services to ensure the best possible outcome for people.

“In Barnsley some people with multiple needs and exclusions are living chaotic lives and facing premature death, yet evidence shows that by working together with local services we can develop coordinated interventions that can transform lives.”

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “Last year, the council put its domestic violence, substance misuse and multiple needs services out to tender. Following this, a number of new service providers were selected.

“Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community (DISC) has been awarded the contract to deliver substance misuse services and Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) will deliver domestic violence services. For multiple needs, Centrepoint will deliver services to those aged 16-24 years, while West Yorkshire CRC will provide services to those aged 25 and over.”

Barnsley Futures will support up to 66 people at any given time, living in supported accommodation, and at least 40 other service users living in the local community.

Other partners involved in Barnsley Futures include Barnsley Housing Options; apprenticeships and training company Interserve Learning & Employment; DISC, the substance misuse support charity; South Yorkshire Housing Association and Barnsley Churches Drop In.