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EPCG Programme
Why housing?
How did we do it?
What about impact?
Would we do it again??
Sue’s story…
•A long time service user with chronic
mental health problems
•Lived with her adult son in private
rented acc...
Ron’s story…
•Came to us as a volunteer from HMP
Kirklevington
•Long term mental health problems
•Found new confidence, le...
Why did we do it?
Opportunity knocks… a chance conversation across the kitchen table
Why couldn’t we provide homes for Sue...
The Pros…
• Service users in housing difficulty
• Housing expertise already on our
Board
• Service users could influence o...
And the Cons…
• We’re a mental health organisation,
not a housing provider!
• Were we too small?
• Inexperienced in housin...
How did we do it?
• £183,050 in Round 2 to
provide 7 bedrooms
• Purchased our first
property in Sept 2013
• March 2014 bro...
How did we do it?
• £130,000 of
underspend, October
2014; harder to access
and needed to lobby
• 2 more houses
purchased f...
We used EPCGP as leverage.....
£35K grant
Gardens Revitalised
£2K philanthropic
contribution
£4K CHIEF
development grant
£...
We used EPCGP as leverage.....
And to tap into expertise and advice.....
Helped us to
“go for it”
Enthused and inspired us Made a complex
process “pain f...
The movers and shakers.....
Sam Groves…
Little lady, big
influence! Top
string puller…
Maximise your partnerships and loca...
What about impact?
“I’m safe, warm
and accepted”“Now I have somewhere
to live I can work and give
something back”
“Maybe m...
Would we do it again?
ABSOLUTELY!
Our ultimate aim is to achieve
better outcomes for vulnerable
people who need a home…
Ho...
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Impact of EHCGP - Veronica Harnett - R&C Mind

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Impact of EHCGP - Veronica Harnett - R&C Mind

  1. 1. EPCG Programme Why housing? How did we do it? What about impact? Would we do it again??
  2. 2. Sue’s story… •A long time service user with chronic mental health problems •Lived with her adult son in private rented accommodation •Sub-standard housing, in need of repair •Spiralling debt •Victimisation and bullying “Everything just became too much for me”
  3. 3. Ron’s story… •Came to us as a volunteer from HMP Kirklevington •Long term mental health problems •Found new confidence, learned new skills •In April 2014, upon release, relocated to sunny Redcar! •No suitable 1 bed accommodation •We needed a solution “I couldn’t live in a hostel, it would kill me. I wouldn’t survive”
  4. 4. Why did we do it? Opportunity knocks… a chance conversation across the kitchen table Why couldn’t we provide homes for Sue and Ron?
  5. 5. The Pros… • Service users in housing difficulty • Housing expertise already on our Board • Service users could influence our decision making • We can build our asset base • With assets we can secure other funding to deliver services
  6. 6. And the Cons… • We’re a mental health organisation, not a housing provider! • Were we too small? • Inexperienced in housing • We have to borrow when we are already financially insecure……. RISK????? • Persuading my trustees we were on to something good
  7. 7. How did we do it? • £183,050 in Round 2 to provide 7 bedrooms • Purchased our first property in Sept 2013 • March 2014 brought us a Victorian treasure! 4 apartments in the making….
  8. 8. How did we do it? • £130,000 of underspend, October 2014; harder to access and needed to lobby • 2 more houses purchased from RCBC • But took forever to negotiate! • Bureaucratic...
  9. 9. We used EPCGP as leverage..... £35K grant Gardens Revitalised £2K philanthropic contribution £4K CHIEF development grant £42K secured loan Additional workforce from… and…
  10. 10. We used EPCGP as leverage.....
  11. 11. And to tap into expertise and advice..... Helped us to “go for it” Enthused and inspired us Made a complex process “pain free” Local knowledge was gold dust! Leadership in the locality Not easy to engage with as a newbie!
  12. 12. The movers and shakers..... Sam Groves… Little lady, big influence! Top string puller… Maximise your partnerships and local intelligence. They’re worth their weight in George Conroy… The man from Del Monte! Said “no” more than he said “yes” though… Jade Wright… RCBC hotline for help! Kept us out of trouble…
  13. 13. What about impact? “I’m safe, warm and accepted”“Now I have somewhere to live I can work and give something back” “Maybe my family will come and see me now” “I can’t wait to move into a real home” • Funding: Easy access to capital funding impacts on the lives of real people. Needs to be embedded in policy • Influencing: We’ve built our profile and networks as a voice for the vulnerable • Improving: We’ve made an environmental impact within local communities • Changing lives: for Ron, Sue, Craig and Les
  14. 14. Would we do it again? ABSOLUTELY! Our ultimate aim is to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable people who need a home… Housing is a right!

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