Elim Housing and Places for People today celebrated the official launch of the Bristol Young Parents Alliance with service users and stakeholders at The Station in central Bristol.
The event marks the successful first four months of the new integrated accommodation and support service for young parents which was commissioned by Bristol City Council in July 2013. Elim and Places for People are working in partnership as the Bristol Young Parents Alliance (BYPA) to deliver the homelessness prevention service.
The new service comprises of 36 units of supported accommodation in five separate locations across Bristol and a community based support service which will support up to 150 young parents each year to access education and employment and gain the life skills they need to avoid homelessness and become positive parents.
BYPA will provide a 24/7 single point of access to the service, which will be able to respond to crises and accept referrals for young parents aged 16 – 24, including couples, single fathers and single mothers with a child aged up to 3 years old.
Elim and Places for People will maintain their own extensive partnership networks in order to bring together the best expertise, care and resources available to help young parents achieve genuine independence. This will involve close working with key local agencies and statutory partners including social services, children’s centres, community midwives, health visitors, and City of Bristol College.
Alistair Allender, Chief Executive of Elim Housing said, “We are delighted that Bristol City Council has awarded us the opportunity to continue delivering these vital services in Bristol. It is our aim that young parents are placed at the heart of decision making and are supported to achieve their personal goals and to develop the parenting skills they will need in the future. We look forward to working with Places for People to achieve this joint vision.”
Kim Scott, Director of Individual Support, Places for People said, “Places for People truly welcomes this great opportunity to work together with Elim on this new, much needed service which will build on our existing provision within the city and improve life chances for young parents in Bristol.”
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