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Changing Lives has been appointed by Halton Borough Council to deliver support for people experiencing homelessness in the region. This strengthens our offer of support, with the Halton Homelessness team joining our existing domestic abuse services in the borough.

From 1st May 2020 we have taken over the contract to deliver services to support individuals who are experiencing homelessness. The aim of the service is to provide stable accommodation and person-led support to people, to help develop their skills and build their self-esteem, ultimately helping people to break the cycle of homelessness and go on to live fulfilling lives in independent accommodation.

The service will be delivered from two sites across the borough, with accommodation in Widnes and in Runcorn. It will provide supported housing to 105 individuals, including a young person’s service.

Becky Elton, Deputy CEO at Changing Lives, said: “This service will enable us to help more people to move on from homelessness for good. We are delighted to be working with the council and welcome our new colleagues and people using the services in to the Changing Lives team. We have been working hard to ensure that the transfer of staff and the services will go ahead on time despite the difficult circumstances the country currently faces.

“Changing Lives will be bringing a new way of working to the services. Our innovative Personal Transitions Service works with people to build on their strengths and identify their own way out of homelessness and develop strong support networks in their local community, ensuring that homelessness is just a brief transitional period for people, not a life sentence.”

Our existing services in Halton include the Domestic Abuse Service which supports adults and families who are experiencing domestic abuse and violence. The service currently provides refuge accommodation alongside family support and an Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service.

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