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Council extends vital support for homeless vulnerable adults

Milton Keynes Council is giving more life-changing support to young parents and vulnerable adults by extending funding for two in-demand services run by The Salvation Army.

Fishermead Lifehouse provides accommodation for single vulnerable adults whereas Springfield House supports young parents. Both services have had an increase in demand over the past 12 months and MK Council has extended their funding by two more years.

The modern building at Fishermead has 20 single bedrooms plus communal facilities such as kitchens, a games room, and outdoor space. Most people stay for up to a year, during which time they’ll be given professional support to help improve their situation for when they’re ready to leave.

Springfield House provides 16 places to young parents and their babies, of which many are single parents.

The services have a strong track record for helping people; everyone who left the accommodation over the last year has found somewhere suitable to stay, either private or shared properties, moving in with family or moving to another specialist support service.

Cllr Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, said: “We are pleased to be strengthening our partnership with these two essential services. The hostels at Springfield and Fishermead offer the kind of stability and care that is critical to improving the lives of vulnerable adults. Many homeless people have faced serious trauma in their lives and absolutely deserve the opportunity to change their future. Only by working together with our colleagues in social care, health, the police, and local support organisations, can we offer a truly supportive pathway for all vulnerable adults in Milton Keynes.”


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