Scheme launched to prevent homelessness in Leyland

Ursula Pattern, managing director of Leyland-based homeless charity, Key
Ursula Pattern, managing director of Leyland-based homeless charity, Key
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Leyland’s homeless charity for young people is launching an ‘early intervention’ support programme for families in South Ribble, to help prevent future homelessness.

Key Unlocking Futures has been commissioned by Lancashire County Council to offer the 12-week scheme in a bid to tackle problems early on.

The charity will work with parents and school-aged children to look at issues affecting family life that are having an impact on the child.

This will include supporting with parenting skills, boundaries and behaviour, family routine, keeping children safe, school related issues, health and emotional well-being, stress, dealing with debt and other issues affecting the family as a whole.

Ursula Pattern, managing director of the charity, said: “We believe that family life is one of the most important influences on children and young people.

“‘Early intervention’, when problems start to emerge and can be more easily solved, ensures children’s success in school and in the wider community.

“We are looking forward to working closely with families to build up resilience and problem-solving skills so that they are better prepared for the future.”

Key Unlocking Futures joined local housing provider, Progress Housing Group, in January this year, to help maintain and expand services to support young people facing homelessness across South Ribble and Chorley.

The charity moved into a new base at Balfour Court, Leyland.

Key predominantly provides support to young people up to the age of 25 who are homeless or worried that they might become homeless. Over the last year Key, has provided services to 493 homeless, or potentially homeless.

Another pilot scheme launched by Progress Housing and Key this year is a house-share scheme for people at risk of becoming

The OurPlace project offers shared accommodation and ongoing support to people under the age of 35 who are looking for somewhere to live, and may not want to be on their own or can’t afford to.