New homes partnership

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FUNDING cuts have led to two housing associations joining forces in a bid to provide a better level of support for older and vulnerable people.

South Northants Homes (SNH) and Daventry and District Housing (DDH), which together provide homes for around 6,000 people, will work together to ensure support and advice are available across the region.

It means older tenants will be able to choose the level of support they need from ‘menu of choice’.

This will range from an alarm only option (an emergency contact device) through to having visits from a specially trained officer five days a week.

There will also be an opportunity to increase or decrease visits in line with their individual needs.

Jayne Roycroft, SNH retirement services manager, said; “Forming a partnership with DDH has meant that funding for both organisations has been secured for a further two years.

“This has been a new way of working for housing associations in that we have shared all our information and our future direction to work out how we pull together to provide our service in the face of funding cuts.

“Once the significant funding reductions became clear, it was apparent we would need radical and innovative ways to make sure we still provided support services to the most vulnerable tenants.”