Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Council reviews housing support for young people in Leeds

A contract to provide housing related support services for young people in Leeds has been awarded to Flagship.

Flagship, a consortium led by Gipton Supported Independent Living (GIPSIL) working with Leeds Housing Concern and Foundation will provide a new accommodation and visiting support service for young people.

The new service will provide 150 units of shared and self-contained accommodation across the city. Young people who require housing and support will have their accommodation needs assessed via a central hub. They will be matched to accommodation and receive support to help them to develop the independent living skills required to sustain that tenancy for up to six months.

During the six months the young people will be helped to find more permanent accommodation. Once in this new home they will receive support for up to a further twelve months to help them to sustain their tenancy.

This service is part of a package of support for young people developed following a review. The other services included are;

- Emergency access accommodation for young people in immediate housing need.

- An accommodation and support service for young people leaving care.

- A city wide young person’s visiting support service which offers support to young people requiring help to manage their accommodation

Cllr Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“It is vitally important that we are providing a housing support service which meets the needs of our city’s young people.

“We have undertaken a strategic review working with stakeholders and young people to ascertain exactly what services they want to meet their needs.

“The Flagship service will deliver safe and stable accommodation for young people, help them develop financial awareness, access training and work, improve their health and wellbeing and help them feel engaged and involved in their local communities.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for children’s services said:

“We are committed to supporting young people in the city with housing needs.

“The review has identified some key areas that we need to look at as we move forward and ensure that we are offering the best possible advice and support to the city’s young people.”

Julia Preston, managing director of GIPSIL (on behalf of Flagship Consortia) said:

“The Flagship consortium has brought together three local organisations, founded in Leeds and really invested in supporting vulnerable people in local communities. We’re excited about working together and in partnership with Leeds City Council and other partners to deliver a great service and enable young people in Leeds to achieve their full potential in challenging and changing times.”


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Give composting a go for blooming good results

Councillor Mark Dobson gives composting a go.

Anyone new to gardening is being encouraged to give it a go with cut-price compost bins.

Green-fingered residents of all ages already know the benefits of recycling kitchen scraps and garden waste, but those who have yet to try gardening can make a start during compost awareness week, running from 6 to 12 May.

The week aims to highlight the environmental benefits of re-using kitchen waste and garden trimmings, and in partnership with getcomposting.com, Leeds City Council is offering home compost bins for as little as £16.98.

Compost awareness week comes just a week after the start of more frequent recycling collections for around 50,000 Leeds residents.

People in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell now have their green recycling bin emptied one week and their black bin the next week.

The switch to the new recycling service means residents will be able to make the most of their green bins, ensuring less waste is sent to landfill.

Using a compost bin to turn fruit and veggie peelings, egg shells, tea bags and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner into a rich compost means this waste won’t go to landfill either.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“In response to residents, we’ve started to introduce recycling collections at a frequency they told us was suitable.

“This type of service improvement, along with the compost bin offer and other recycling services we provide, are all geared towards cutting the waste we send to landfill and saving millions of pounds a year.

“If you haven’t already tried gardening or composting, you should. Peelings, weeds and cuttings can be used to turn even the smallest green space into a garden oasis.”

Any outside space can house a compost bin and the compost produced can be used to enrich potted plants, borders and planted containers.

Compost bins can be ordered from www.getcomposting.com/ or by calling 0844 571 4444.

More information about composting can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Composting.aspx.

More information on the new bin service can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk