Stockton JSNA


Poverty

What services are currently provided?

The Communities Fund programme is about tackling worklessness and low levels of skills and enterprise in the most disadvantaged areas.

Stockton Integrated Youth Support Service manages the Get On In Life service which delivers support to targeted and vulnerable groups of young people aged 16- 19 helping them into employment, education and training.

Tees Valley Unlimited is the private and public sector Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) striving to deliver jobs and economic growth across the Tees Valley.

There is a food bank in Billingham.


The following services are delivered by Stockton Renaissance partners aimed at reducing poverty and inequalities:
Economic regeneration and transport

  • Promoting employment initiatives.
  • Offering advice and guidance to businesses.
  • Enterprise opportunities through schools and local enterprise zones.
  • Management and negotiation of the national concessionary travel scheme.
  • Improvements to walks and cycleway paths.
  • Enhanced transport networks for better access to services.

Environment and housing

  • 24-hour turnaround on outcome of benefit claim
  • Housing advice for mortgages, rent arrears and losing homes.
  • An affordable warmth strategy.
  • Prevention of homelessness.
  • Mortgage rescue schemes.
  • All registered social landlords offer housing advice and guidance in addition to employment advice.
  • Affordable homes.
  • High quality green spaces for play.
  • Exciting, safe play areas and equipment.

Arts, culture and leisure

  • Events programme within the borough offering both free and low cost events throughout the year.
  • Provide support and fitness opportunities to under-represented groups.
  • Library provision – hubs offering a range of services and activities to promote social connectedness.

Community safety

  • Troubled Families initiative.
  • Work with young offenders.
  • Minimising drug and alcohol misuse.

Children and young people

  • Improving youth provision.
  • Early intervention through Children’s Centres.
  • Health promotion initiatives (for example, breastfeeding).

Health and wellbeing

  • Tackling fuel poverty.
  • Health initiatives to promote healthy living, advice and support in localities.

Stronger communities

  • Welfare reform – supporting changes introduced through new legislation, identifying and anticipating where possible the impacts on both residents and the economy of Stockton-on-Tees.
  • Regular consultation with residents and young people.
  • A range of advice and advocacy services, including money, employment, benefits advice.
  • Support for the local credit union.
  • Work with the Infinity financial inclusion forum to address financial-related aspects of poverty.

Organisational effectiveness

  • Improved access to services – online, customer access points, extended hours.
  • One stop shops through extended library facilities.
  • Through the Local Strategic Partnership role provide the catalyst to bring organisations together to provide a collective approach to tackling poverty.
  • Better signposting of services.

 

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