During the pandemic lots of people were given more permanent homes. This is great news, turning a positive from a negative. The challenge in this is that for many who have slept out for so long it is difficult to cope with the day to day pressures of running a home. Have I got a cooker or a fridge? Is the gas and electric set up? When does my next rent bill need to be paid? For some it is even strange to sleep on a bed after being out in a tent or a sleeping bags under the stars. We really wanted to help people turn their accommodation into homes and raise hopes and aspirations for a long term future.
Therefore, in September 2020 we worked with some of our partners Cross Keys Homes, the Longhurst Group and Peterborough City Council to launch the Peterborough Multi Agency Floating Support Team. This team is made up of 8 great professionals from these different organisations under the leadership of Light Project Peterborough. Over a hundred people at a time are receiving support in the community to maintain their accommodation, access health services, and become more independent.