Fair Chance Scheme
The purpose of the Fair Chance scheme is to promote health and well-being, education and employment to those who have fallen through local systems of provision. The challenge is to accommodate, support into employment and help build sustainable life skills for young adults aged 18-24 who have experienced homelessness. Many of these people have complex needs and all were classed as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) at the point of referral. Without effective intervention, these young people risk a considerably poorer future than their peers.
Fusion Housing launched a new programme designed to support around 350 of the most vulnerable young people out of homelessness and into accommodation, education, training and employment in January 2015. The project involves bringing together a partnership of housing providers, councils and employability service providers across Calderdale, Kirklees & Wakefield. The programme is being financed by a social impact bond commissioned by the Fair Chance Fund, a Department of Communities & Local Government initiative. This is a three year project and to date we have achieved significant results for a large proportion of the cohort.
Our project has three multi-disciplinary teams based at a hub in each of the local authorities. By providing a diverse set of support approaches, the teams are better able to respond to the complex and diverse needs of the young people, adapting the type and intensity of support dependent on each case. For example, some participants may receive more support to maintain their tenancy; others may have intensive education training; others may get coaching to enter and stay in employment.
The Fusion Fair Chance Scheme aims to deliver a positive social impact in four distinct categories:
- Direct beneficiary impact through delivery.
- Direct social impact through savings in costs for local authorities and central government from lower life time reliance on accommodation, care services and other provision.
- Social policy impact through trialling new models to prevent young people becoming homeless and NEET.
- Market-building impact as the first SIB dealing with this cohort.
The cohort for this Project is now fixed and the scheme closed to new referrals in January 2016. The scheme is supported by a Multi-Agency Steering Group made up of a range of providers from across all 3 geographic areas and learning from the scheme will be used to inform the development of new provision across the region.