Life changing project could be extended in West Sussex

A successful local project which is changing peoples lives for the better could be extended for up to five years, a West Sussex County Council Select Committee will hear on Thursday 23 October 2014.

 
Last updated:
25 June 2015

Phase one of the Think Family programme, which is the local version of the government’s Troubled Families initiative, has the aim of turning around the lives of 1,165 families by the end of March 2015.

So far 907 families have achieved success against government criteria and Think Family is well on its way to meeting this target.

The County Council is now considering whether to go ahead with phase two of the programme which could see another 4,000 families benefiting from the innovative help and support that Keyworkers offer to families over the period to 2020.

Members of the Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee will hear first-hand about the success of the scheme from Keyworkers working directly with families.

Keyworkers work alongside colleagues from Children’s Services, Sussex Police, District Councils, Schools, Health organisations, Job Centres and many commercial and charitable care agencies.

West Sussex is the leading area in the country for getting people back into employment under the Think Family scheme. It is also thought to be the only area in the country to be using a ‘neighbourhood’ approach, where people living in identified areas are worked with collectively to empower them to make positive changes for themselves.

The meeting will take place at 10.30am at County Hall, Chichester, and is open to the public.

Chairman of the Committee, Richard Burrett, said: “We’re looking forward to hearing how this inspiring project is helping people overcome the challenges and issues that affect their everyday lives.”

West Sussex was selected by the Department for Communities and Local Government to be an ‘Early Starter’ for phase two of the scheme and started this element in September 2014. However, this does not commit the County Council to fully participating in the second phase and a decision on whether to go ahead with this will be made by the Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, Peter Evans, in November.

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