Step Together at Venus

Step Together offers support to mums who have children who are not in their care. This can be a really difficult time for mums. You may feel alone, or not know where to turn. In this situation Step Together can support you in looking to the future and reaching for your goals. We can provide information, advice and support with a range of issues including contact with your children, housing, mental health and managing your money.

They offer:
• One-to-one outreach support
• One-to-one counselling
• Group sessions

If you or somebody you know has a child not in their care, you can call Venus for a
chat. They accept self-referrals and referrals from professionals. You can make a
referral by phone, on our website, by email or face to face at their centre. If you would like more information please contact Leah or Kati.

Step Together Referral Form

Step Together Criteria

The Venus Centre 215 Linacre Lane,
Bootle, Merseyside L20 6AD.
T: 0151 474 4744
E: kati.oakes@venuscharity.org
http://www.venuscharity.org
Venus Centre

Step Together Event - Venus

 

Dementia Friendly Housing Charter

Last month, Alzheimer’s Society produced the Dementia Friendly Housing Charter.

It is a guide for housing associations other organisations involved with residential services who support those living with dementia.

It contains some useful ideas around the  things to take into account around housing and those living with dementia.

See the guide by clicking here.

One Vision Housing (OVH): Christmas Advice from Local Housing Associations

Christmas can be a fun and magical time, but it can be extremely expensive too. The average family spends around £800*, most of which is spent on food, drink, cards and decorations. Last year, National Debtline received 61% more phone calls from people asking for advice after overspending.

We want you to enjoy Christmas without falling into money troubles. If you are worried about money, or have overspent already, there is still time to get yourself back on track. One Vision Housing has joined up with other Merseyside housing associations to give you some tips to help you through the festive period.

*News article by the Money Advice Trust’s National Debtline

Worried about your bills this month?

It’s easy to get carried away over the festive season, but don’t neglect your rent and bill payments, you don’t want to start 2017 in debt.

If you are worried about paying your rent during the next couple of weeks, talk to your landlord so that they can help you. There’s no point burying your head until the New Year.

Contact us to discuss your concerns:
Email: enquiries@ovh.org.uk
Tel: 0300 365 1111

 

Top tips to avoid over-spending this Christmas…

  1. Make a list, and check it twice – buying on impulse can be dangerously expensive.
  2. Time your heating, so it’s only on when you are at home.
  3. Turn down the heating while you cook Christmas dinner, the excess heat from the kitchen will help to warm surrounding areas.
  4. Make your own Christmas cards – it’s a great way to spend time with your family, gives a personalised greeting, and can save you money.
  5. When decorating your Christmas tree and house, switch to LED Christmas lights to reduce your energy consumption by up to 90%.
  6. Turn your fairy lights off when you leave the house or go to bed, this will save on your bills and reduce the risk of fire.
  7. Watch out for illegal money lenders or loan sharks. They seem friendly at first, but are bound to bite you back. Talk to your housing association if you have concerns about this.
  8. It’s not too late to switch – compare your energy tariffs and prepare to switch provider to save £££. Find out more about switching here.
  9. Give an IOU – If you’re planning a large purchase like a TV or games console, consider waiting for the January sales. Instead give a nicely-wrapped IOU, telling them you’re waiting for the sales.
  10. You can find more Christmas money tips from National Debtline and com

 

If you have money worries, or are concerned about debt, you can talk to a number of organisations who can provide free confidential advice and support:

Jubilee Debt Advice – 0151 546 0470

National Debtline – 0808 808 4000

Citizens Advice – 03444 111 444

Illegal Money Lending Team0300 555 2222 – reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk

Liverpool Council Benefits Advice

Click here to find your local Foodbank

You can also find advice and information on the One Vision Housing website here.

 

The ‘Merseyside Housing Associations Working Together’ group was formed following the introduction of Welfare Reform, as a collaborative effort to support customers through the changes imposed.

Members of the Group are: Crosby Housing Association, Halton Housing Trust, Helena Partnerships, Knowsley Housing Trust (First Ark Group), Liverpool Mutual Homes, One Vision Housing, Magenta Living, Plus Dane Group, Regenda Group, Riverside, SLH Group, Steve Biko Housing Association, Symphony Housing Group (BBCHA, Cobalt Housing, Liverpool Housing Trust), Pine Court housing Association, Wirral Methodist Housing Association and Your Housing Group.

Council to explore the creation of a Sefton Housing Company

Sefton Council is set to explore the creation of a Sefton Housing Company following feedback from the Sefton 2030 Vision Consultation.

Currently the borough requires over 11,000 new homes and the aim of any future company would be to ensure that the Council plays its part, along with the private and third sector, to create and develop strong communities across the borough.

Following approval by Cabinet, Sefton Council will now begin investigations into the validity of the housing company and will report back its findings before any final approval or decision are made.


National Practitioner Support Service Award for Sefton Council

Sefton Council has received special recognition over how it delivers its housing options and homelessness service.

The local authority is the first on Merseyside to receive an award from the National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS).

The NPSS is a support service set up to support local authorities to deliver improved housing option services across the country.

The NPSS award has 3 levels – gold, silver and bronze – and Sefton Council has recently been awarded the bronze standard with plans in place to achieve gold in the future.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “This is excellent news as we are the only council on Merseyside to have been awarded a standard.

“The award reflects our commitment to providing an excellent service to some of our most vulnerable residents as well as partnership working with our many service providers.

“We now have plans in place to progress to silver and then gold over the next 2 years as a commitment to continuous service review, development and improvement.”