IMPACT THEME: Housing and Homelessness, Health & Wellbeing and Social Care, Poverty & Disadvantage
WHAT THEY DO: Response is a registered charity that provide a person-centred recovery for people with mental health and complex needs.
YEAR FOUNDED: Began in the 1960’s, was then previously know as Oxfordshire Group Homes, and in 2003 rebranded to Response.
LOCATION: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and the South West of England
PARTNERSHIP DATE: 2023
FUND PARTNERSHIP: National Homelessness Property Fund 2
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS:
ABOUT: : Response is a registered charity based in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and the South West of England. The charity believes in putting people at the heart of mental health support. They provide a person-centred recovery-focused model for people with mental health and complex needs. Response provides a variety of services, including Home Care service, a care home, and embedded housing expertise for NHS impatient wards. Response provides tailored mental health services to over 4,500 children and young people. The support Response provides allows them to respond to children and young peoples needs through engaging and impactful practice, using modern approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural. Therapy, Dialect Behavioural Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapies.
PURPOSE OF PARTNERSHIP: Partnering with Response means that NHPF2 provides people in Oxford with more than just a decent and affordable home, by providing them with stability and specialist support services. Response provides person-centred, recovery-focused, wraparound support for people with mental health issues and complex needs, enabling them to live independently within their local community. So, as a housing partner to the fund, Response will support tenants to sustain their tenancy and make positive plans in other areas of their lives, such as tackling mental health and addiction issues, and finding employment. And because the tenancies granted by the fund are longer than traditionally offered in the private rented sector, tenants benefit from this stability, can put down roots in their community and plan for their future goals.
The National Homelessness Property Fund 2:
John Williams, Managing Director of Property Funds at Resonance, said: “I am delighted that National Homelessness Property Fund 2 has partnered with Oxford-based charity Response. This partnership is providing an opportunity for us to make a real difference to the lives of people sleeping rough or living in temporary accommodation in Oxford. It means that people in the city in need of decent and stable housing but unable to access the private rental market can be provided with a safe and affordable home and, with specialist support services provided by Response, start creating positive futures for themselves.”
Councillor Linda Smith, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Even before the cost of living crisis, the gap between local housing allowance rates and actual rents was a major barrier to people moving on from rough sleeping, temporary accommodation or supported housing in Oxford. This investment will provide good quality and affordable homes for people who have suffered homelessness to move into, with tailored support on hand to help them towards independent living. It’s a cost-effective option in our efforts to prevent homelessness and also a social investment for the council in the current challenging financial climate.”
Nicola Leavesley, Response Joint CEO, and Luke Winstone, Settled Oxfordshire Manager, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen to work in partnership with Resonance and Oxford City Council to deliver this critical service. This initiative strongly aligns with our Caring, Safe, Creative and Aspirational values.
“Every one of us at Response is hugely passionate about ending the cycle of homelessness, transforming people’s lives and ensuring they feel supported every step of the way. We believe that access to safe, secure accommodation is a fundamental human right. Throughout this project, we will be looking to engage the broader community as we raise funds to ensure that all of our houses are equipped to the level that allows those living in them to thrive. We’re excited to have begun delivering this essential service, and we can’t wait to see the long-term difference it makes in the lives of those accessing it.”
Resonance Limited is a company registered in England and Wales no. 04418625
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