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Bury ABEN phase 4 launched

Bury ABEN phase 4 launched

The latest phase of Bury’s ABEN (A Bed Every Night) project is now live, with a completely new structure which sees Adullam Homes providing both the accommodation and support.

The new service, designed to provide homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless with overnight accommodation and access to support, will have 25 units of accommodation, including some in Radcliffe Town Hall (pictured) and at 107 Walmersley Road.

Improvements are being made to the properties that will be used. At Radcliffe Town Hall, for example, two kitchens are being completely replaced, new blinds are being fitted throughout the building and new carpets laid in eight of the flats.

A new staffing structure has also been introduced, with a Property Services and Operational Manager to oversee the project, five complex case workers who will work on a rota basis to provide seven-day-a-week cover, and two Tenancy Sustainment Officers. Concierge workers are also being employed.

Adullam has been responsible for Bury ABEN since the launch of phase 1 in October 2019 and has seen some extremely positive outcomes. Phases 1 and 2 (October 2019 – July 2020) saw 82 individuals access ABEN, of whom 52 moved on to either supported accommodation, local authority, housing association or private rented accommodation.

Bury Council moved to phase 3 of ABEN with Adullam providing support in partnership with the Council’s rough sleepers team. The service was designed as an intensive support service for 15 clients and during its lifespan (July 2020 – July 1, 2021) has seen 54 individuals access it, of whom 34 achieved successful move-on.

ABEN has always been a partnership project with multiple agencies involved in developing pathways for clients to access additional support. These include the Community Mental Health team, Dual Diagnosis team, general health practices, Covid vaccination team, sexual health services, the Integrated Neighbourhood Team and Bury Adult Services. This approach will be maintained.

Commenting on the new service, Jennifer Morgan, Adullam’s Regional Manager for the Northwest and Wales said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the opportunity to continue delivering ABEN with which we have had so much success in the past.

“The changes we have made should make ABEN even more successful at helping vulnerable people live stable lives, and we very much look forward to working with partners to achieve that.”