Accommodation supporting young people and families excels in independent inspection

published on 1 Aug 2016

A centre in Fleetwood which provides accommodation and support for young people and families who have experienced homelessness is celebrating receiving a score of 93% in a recent Independent Quality Inspectorate (IQI) just a year after The Salvation Army began running the service.  

George Williams House in Broomfield Road offers accommodation and specialist support to help young people and families move into more permanent housing, whether that is their own private tenancy; a housing association property; or re-uniting with family and moving back in with them. Over the last 12 months more than 20 households have been successful in achieving this. The skilled staff work with individuals to give them the support they need to achieve their own personal goals, whatever they may be.  

There are 15 flats in total, six of which are for young people between 16 and 25 and the remaining nine are reserved for families of any age.   

Clare Staniford, centre manager of George Williams Lifehouse said: “At George Williams House we aim to provide a friendly and inclusive atmosphere where everyone is valued and treated with kindness and respect.  

“We work with people to support and equip them with the skills they need to achieve their goals.  We spend time getting to know individuals to understand their specific needs and what’s important to them. We’re delighted that over the last year we’ve been able to help so many individuals achieve positive outcomes.    

“In addition, receiving 93% in our recent IQI is testament to the wonderful work being carried out by our specialist staff and I’d like to thank them for all their dedication.”  

Staff and residents joined together to celebrate the success of the first year of service by holding a BBQ.    George Williams House is run by The Salvation Army in partnership with Lancashire County Council and Wyre Borough Council.