Wolverhampton Offender Accommodation Forum welcomes Wales Housing Services

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Housing staff from Wales received a warm welcome in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Offender Accommodation Forum welcomed representatives of housing services for the whole of Wales to Molineux stadium, on 15th October 2014.

The meeting was arranged after Joy William, lead for Homelessness and Supporting People in Swansea, contacted Wolverhampton Offender Accommodation Forum (WOAF). It was recommended to her as a scheme which represents excellent partnership practice in accommodation matters, with a successful track record.

WOAF was established in 2010. It has since developed to reflect a diverse community with numerous problems, some budget challenges and changes in partners’ practice.

Welsh colleagues were keen to see how the Wolverhampton scheme worked in its links with partners. Current legislation in Wales identifies all offenders as having a priority need for homelessness. However, this is due to end in April 2015, making Welsh legislation consistent with England.

Colleagues from Wales attended the meeting at the Molineux, together with a member of the Welsh Government Strategy Planning Team.

An introductory presentation was prepared by Tammy Phillips (of Stonham Housing Association) that emphasised three elements of a successful scheme, which were explained in some detail:

  • Communication,
  • Process and
  • Resources.

M3391M-1011Partners from West Midlands Police, P3, Stonham, Wolverhampton City Council Housing Options and Senior Probation Officer, Andrew Brownsword who is also WOAF chair, delivered individual agency perspectives of how WOAF work and an overview of roles in relation to working with offenders.

It was a very successful meeting which received positive feedback.