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Launch of pioneering offender housing project

Julian House is delighted to announce the launch of a new inter agency managed offender supported housing project.

The new service is a direct referral, supported accommodation service within Bristol and South Gloucestershire. This has been developed as a partnership between homeless charity, Julian House, Avon and Somerset Police’s Integrated Offender Management Schemes (IMPACT and IRiS) and The Restore Trust.

The project will house up to 14 individuals, with a background of repeat offending, across 4 properties. The key objective will be to increase the provision of rehabilitation focused supported accommodation in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Although referrals will come from across South Gloucestershire and Bristol, individuals who are managed under supervision of the IMPACT and IRiS schemes will be accepted as a priority. This accelerated access element of the project is one of the key features.

Fynn Clarke is the Service Development Manager at Julian House responsible for service development of the project and overseeing its operation – “We are very excited about the prospects for the new service. Julian House has been running similar offender support partnerships in Bath & North East Somerset for several years. This new partnership in Avon and Somerset brings together a terrific combination of agencies; all of whom have valuable experience working with this client group. Close cooperation means that a seamless service can be provided and therefore the prospects for success are massively improved.”

One of the properties has been purchased by The Restore Trust through use of funding from the National Empty Homes Fund. The remaining three will be leased by Julian House, who will be responsible for the supported housing management for all the accommodation. All four properties will have 24 hour CCTV and on call support worker cover. The refurbishment of these properties was undertaken by Aspire, a building maintenance social enterprise run by Julian House that offers accredited training to ex-offenders in construction related skills.

The project will provide weekly key worker sessions, housing management, access to purposeful activity and have a clear focus on the development of a pro social lifestyle. The supported accommodation staff will work closely with Probation and Police offender managers to support tenants’ engagement in sentence plans and licence conditions.

The project is the result of months of planning and development which has included consultation with Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and local neighbourhood beat teams.

Funding to enable to project to be developed and operate for the first 12 months has also been provided by Avon and Somerset Police (IMPACT) and Police Crime Commissioners Community Action Fund, the Avon and Somerset Rough Sleeper Fund and IMPACT Northern Hub.