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Supporting homeless people in Warwick

Derventio is proud to have expanded our supported housing service into Warwickshire. We already run over 600 rooms of accommodation for homeless people within Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and the South West.

Warwickshire has personal connections for the founder of Derventio, who originally grew up in Warwick and Leamington and wanted to use the skills and experience of Derventio to benefit the local community.

Assistant Director, Housing & Support, Ben Ludford, has been working with Warwick District Council in addressing some of their temporary accommodation needs and we have already started to welcome the first residents in the area. Derventio offer bespoke support plans for each resident, establishing personal goals and assisting them to reach their potential during their time within the service. Our aim with all residents is to prepare them for independent living and help find them a property of their own.

Ben said:

Derventio has an excellent track record at its other centres when it comes to helping vulnerable people to rebuild their lives because of the unique person-centred approach that we take.

We are very pleased to be up and running in Warwick, with all residents now settling in and more services, such as a vegetable growing project which will be underway within the next couple of weeks, encouraging residents to cultivate their own fresh produce.

We always say that anyone can become homeless and that the people we work with come from a vast range of backgrounds. That is the same in Warwick as it is elsewhere and we are very much looking forward to helping them turn their lives around.

Resident Vix Gardner, who is originally from Leamington, said:

I have got my own room with an en-suite shower and bathroom and it’s lovely. It’s really nice and all quite high spec.

I was homeless and I needed housing, although I had been in a B&B. However, having a room of my own – and a washing machine – makes me more stable.

It’s so nice to be settled and the staff are really helpful. They support you to do anything.

As well as offering accommodation, Derventio works strategically with partners including local authorities, funders and other not-for-profit organisations to help more than 1,100 people each year.