Year in Review
We launched Wellness in Mind, a new support service in Nottingham to make it quicker, simpler and less daunting for people to seek support for common mental health issues.
The NHS-funded service is the central point of support in the city and is accessible on-line, face-to-face or over the phone.
We were awarded a contract by The Big Lottery Fund and Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC) to deliver a new and unique family mentoring service in Nottingham. The service recruited local mums and dads with a lived experience of parenting – rather than professional qualifications – to support other local parents with the early years development of their babies and toddlers.
We launched a major new service in Nottinghamshire to support adults with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and acquired brain injuries. Brighter Futures, funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, supports people to remain in their homes, to connect with their communities and to maintain their independence.
We started a major new service to support people who misuse drugs and / or alcohol. The Nottingham Recovery Network, commissioned by the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, brought together two existing support services (Last Orders and Recovery in Nottingham) to create a single point of advice, guidance and education for anyone in Nottingham wishing to change their relationship with drugs and alcohol.
We reported an alarming spike in rough sleeping in Nottingham and surrounding areas – revealing that we were finding more people sleeping rough than at any point in the last 20 years. We warned of the impact of a toxic mix of welfare reforms, a reduction in prevention services, a shortage of housing, and a lack of assistance for non-UK nationals. These warnings were picked up widely by the media and ignited widespread local discussions.
We were asked to take over the running of a supported accommodation development in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. The renamed Anvil House, funded by North Lincolnshire Council, provides accommodation for 22 homeless people. The building is Framework-owned but had been operated by another provider.
We launched a new initiative to support rough sleepers in Nottingham. The Homeless Winter Survival Project, a collaboration between Framework, Nottingham Street Pastors of the Malt Cross and Biffa, sought to extend and coordinate existing support in the city during the cold winter months and improve outcomes for people sleeping rough.
We commenced a ground-breaking project to help people with multiple and complex needs into employment across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Opportunity and Change – A Pathway to Work, is part of the Big Lottery-funded Building Better Opportunities programme. The project works exclusively with people with multiple and complex needs and is expected to support around 600 people over a three year period.
Individuals, community groups and businesses across the city of Nottingham demonstrated support for a major fundraising initiative by The Nottingham Post newspaper. In just six seeks, the Off The Streets campaign raised more than £30,000 to replace funding lost from the enforced cancellation of our annual Big Sleep Out fundraiser.
We began the implementation of a new and expanded street outreach service to support rough sleepers in the districts and boroughs of Nottinghamshire. The County Outreach service, initiated with funding by Framework supporters and enhanced with government support, began work in Mansfield and became fully operational in April.
We held our first major fundraising event in Lincolnshire. The Boston Big Snore, a sponsored sleep out event, attracted more than 60 participants, who bedded down under the stars to raise money and support our work. More than £6,000 was raised at the event.
We were awarded a contract by Sheffield City Council to create a new street outreach service to work with people sleeping rough in the city – providing recognition of the successful outreach services we have operated elsewhere.