Housing association signs up charity partner
A Middlesbrough-based housing group has joined forces with a charity to help maintain services to vulnerable people in the face of government funding cuts.
Fabrick Housing Group has brought Newcastle-based charity Norcare into its group structure. The charity provides support, health services and training for offenders and vulnerable people.
The 15,000-home landlord said the move would allow it to provide a greater range of supported housing services to communities and cover a wider geographical base.
Norcare will remain as a separate company. There will be no redundancies among its 52 members of staff, although a small number with human resources and finance responsibilities will transfer to Fabrick.
Norcare chief executive Susan Bickerton will take a strategic lead on all housing support issues within the Fabrick group.
The government cut Supporting People funding in its 2010 spending review by around 12 per cent, to £6.5 billion over four years. Councils have imposed deeper reductions as they struggle to fill gaps left by sharper cuts to services in other areas.
Alison Thain, chief executive of Fabrick, said: ‘Although Supporting People funding has been removed nationally and the government is slashing funding, our board continues to be committed to coming up with ways of enhancing service provision.
‘Norcare brings the perfect opportunity to do that and, helping it grow its own business and cover a wider area, with the ability to help even more people at the same time.’
Susan Bickerton, chief executive of Norcare, said: ‘We retain our commitment to changing communities and working within localities to meeting the needs of vulnerable people, not just delivering services but developing solutions.’
Fabrick was created in 2008 and is made up of Middlesbrough-based Erimus Housing, which owns 10,500 properties and Tees Valley Housing, which owns 4,500 properties in the north east.