Update on Home Works housing support contract in East Sussex

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From the 23rd November 2021, the Home Works service we currently provide will transfer to BHT Sussex following their successful bid to provide a new five-year East Sussex Housing Related Support contract – a countywide housing-related floating support service for working age and older adults which will combine Home Works and the STEPS services run by Peabody and South East Independent Living Ltd.   

BHT Sussex is a well-respected local organisation who provide a wide-range of support including homelessness, addiction, mental health, work and learning, housing advice and immigration legal services. For more information about BHT Sussex, take a look at their website, www.bht.org.uk.

Neil Blanchard, our Chief Executive, says, “Southdown is extremely proud to have has successfully managed and evolved the Home Works service since 2009. During this time we have supported over 20,000 people across East Sussex, with our dedicated and skilled staff making real and lasting impacts to the lives of local people.”  

Neil added, “The nature of commissioned services is that they often transfer between providers. Up until the launch of the new combined service on the 23rd November, we will continue to do everything we can to support a smooth transition for Home Works’ clients and colleagues that will TUPE over to BHT Sussex.”

If you are a client of Home Works, please be reassured that the change of provider for Home Works will not affect the service you receive. You do not need to do anything and you will continue to be supported by the same worker in the same way. If however BHT Sussex do have to change your worker this will be done in consultation with you about your needs.

If you are a professional who refers people to Home Works you will be able to continue to contact the service by email at referrals@home-works.org.uk or phone 01273 898 700 up until the 22nd November. From the 23rd November onwards, please email homeworksreferrals@bht.org.uk or call 01273 929 394.
 
If you have any questions about the change of provider for Home Works, please contact Beate Weiberle, manager for Home Works, on 07977 198577 or email beate.weiberle@southdown.org.