East of England Disadvantaged Adults Pilot Programme publishes final report
The Department of Health Social Care and Partnership Teams in the East of England agreed to fund the £500,000 EEDAP Programme, starting in April 2011. The overall programme was hosted by Norfolk County Council, but governed by an independent programme board made up of senior regional representatives from organisations working with disadvantaged adults across the East of England.
The EEDAP Programme developed a series of activities and innovative projects across the East of England, working with people with differing needs, and with a wide range of organisations and groups. The idea of the programme was to look for new ways of doing things and measuring and reporting what really makes a difference to people’s lives.
There were 4 main projects piloted across the East of England:
a. Project Breakthrough (hosted by Norfolk County Council) - a series of different projects and activities focussing on breaking through barriers to housing and employment for adults facing disadvantage in Norfolk and Suffolk;
b. SET OFF (hosted by Southend Borough Council) - linking together and extending current ways of supporting ex-offenders in Southend, together with new support schemes in Thurrock and Basildon;
c. SHAPE (hosted by Luton Borough Council) - finding out about and closing the gaps in current services for ex-offenders in Luton and Bedfordshire, especially those suffering from mental ill health and/or drug misuse, with a focus on housing, training and employment; and
d. Mini 3rd Sector Projects (in Hertfordshire, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire) - looking at what can be achieved by directly offering small grants to voluntary and community sector organisations to support projects to improve access to training, employment and independent living.
Learning from all of these projects is captured in a short "Summary Report", which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. A more substantial programme report, which provides insight into individual case studies, is available on requesting by e-mailing Improvement East - firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary report EEDAPP
Project Breakthrough also produced a video on the challenges faced by 16-25 year-olds looking for work whilst living in Sheltered Accommodation. This is now available to view on YouTube - "Looking for Work"