People in need of help in Huddersfield have been given a Lottery windfall.
The Big Lottery Fund announced today that a West Yorkshire partnership has received £9.8m to support people with multiple problems like homelessness, mental ill health, addiction and reoffending.
The multi-million pound grant is being awarded to the partnership led by Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community (DISC) to improve and better coordinate services to tackle the needs of people living chaotic lives.
Eleven other successful partnerships across England are also receiving up to £10 million each.
The West Yorkshire partnership will help people access the services they need, build their resilience, gain confidence and acquire the personal and social assets they need to meet their aspirations.
Support workers in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield will act as focal points to coordinate users of the scheme with local service providers, provide peer mentor support and organise volunteering, training and employment opportunities.
The Big Lottery Fund’s investment, backed by Jon Snow, Mitch Winehouse and Russell Brand, has brought together organisations and bodies that tackle these issues to improve the stability, confidence and capability of people with multiple and complex needs to lead better lives so they spend less time in prison, reduce their drug abuse, are in stable accommodation and have better mental health.
It is estimated that there are some 2,425 people with multiple problems in West Yorkshire – 60% of which do not receive any help.
More than a third live in Leeds where a recent survey has showed that more than 50% of people with multiple needs live with at least three of these problems.
In Wakefield the figures are nearly 80% and stand at 95% in neighbouring Kirklees.
Out of 419 questionnaires completed by people with these problems: 85% said they experienced substance misuse, 81% mental health problems, 65% offending or probation and 51% experienced homeless-ness.