Methodist Action North West

Adult Services
Advocacy
Homelessness
Community Support Group

Posted: 22 March 2017
Telephone: 01772 751000

Methodist Action (North West) Ltd. strives to assist those less fortunate than ourselves to achieve independence and fulfilment. We provide a wide range of professional services across the North West of England and are dedicated to helping people to help themselves.

We believe everyone deserves a chance.

Methodist Action (North West) Ltd. is a registered charity, working in close partnership with the Methodist Church, other denominations and faith groups and Local Authorities. Our goal is to give people the confidence, the skills and the knowledge they need to become independent.

They offer the following:

      Advice & Support;

      Homelessness;

      Housing related issues;

      Support Living Schemes;

      Counselling;

      Empty Homes Project;

      Food parcels;

      Volunteering opportunities.

A Place to Live

A Place to Live operates a Social Lettings Agency for landlords in the Preston, South Ribble, Lancaster and Morecambe areas. We work in partnership with the Local Council and have a ready supply of tenants looking for properties.

We offer:

      Fully managed service

      Long leases on your property - usually 2 year minimum

For more information please contact the manager of A Place to Live on 01772 751245

Empty Homes Programme

One of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) key aims is to maintain a supply of affordable homes. With thousands of homes and properties lying empty across England, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) decided that Housing Associations, Local Authorities, Charities and Community Groups have a leading role to play in tackling the issue of empty homes blighting our communities.

The DCLG has allocated over £100m funding to address this issue. Every part of the country is set to benefit, and the DCLG, through their appointed administrators Tribal Education Ltd, will work closely with local partners to maximise the allocations and deliver value for money in those areas where the need is greatest. £30m was specifically allocated to charities and community groups who could apply for a share of this funding to carry out projects specific to their local areas. Methodist Action North West Ltd was successful on two separate occasions to secure some of this funding to help bring Empty Homes back into use in the local authority areas of Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Lancaster City Council.

These funds provide interest free loans to assist property owners to carry out improvement works and bring the property back into use. The property should have been empty for at least two years. Once the property is ready to occupy it will be managed by Methodist Action, A Place to Live for 10 years.

Improvement works are specified by A Place to Live surveyor and carried out in partnership with local contractors to deliver a property which will meet "Decent Homes Standards".

The partnership works with the relevant local authorities in Preston, South Ribble and Lancaster who identify eligible properties and support the partnership to deliver the target number of properties. In the initial programme phase it is proposed to bring around 80 properties back into use which will provide at least 215 bedroom spaces. 

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