AN EXCITING new partnership that will expand an award-winning housing group is being launched on Monday 2nd July.
Newcastle-based Norcare has joined Fabrick Housing Group to add even more strength and specialist expertise to the collaboration of companies.
The new-look group means Fabrick can take an even more focused approach to supported housing and benefit from the expertise of Norcare, a North East charity that has been helping some of the region’s most vulnerable people since 1984.
Together, the group will also be able to provide a wider range of supported housing services to communities and cover a wider geographical base, sharing resources and costs to ensure value for money.
The move cements the group’s commitment to securing the future of providing for vulnerable people, despite government cuts.
Alison Thain, Chief Executive of Fabrick Housing Group, said: “Although Supporting People funding has been removed nationally and the government is slashing funding, our board continues to be committed to coming up with ways of enhancing service provision.
“Supporting people continues to be important to us and is central to the ambitions and aims of our organisation. We remain dedicated to continuing with our valued work to support vulnerable people and respond to and meet their needs.
“Norcare brings the perfect opportunity to do that and, helping it grow its own business and cover a wider area, with the ability to help even more people at the same time.”
Middlesbrough-based Erimus Housing, which owns 10,500 properties and Tees Valley Housing, which owns 4,500 properties from North Tyneside to York, became partners to create Fabrick Housing Group in 2008.
The group structure meant they could share resources, skills and expertise including development, housing management and regeneration.
Now they will be joined by Norcare, which provides housing support and a range of other services for some of the most vulnerable groups of society including veterans, people suffering alcohol or drug addiction, those with mental health issues and victims of domestic violence.
The business, which covers County Durham to Northumberland, has been voted four times as one of the ‘Best Small Companies to Work For’ in the Sunday Times list.
Joining Fabrick Housing Group gives Norcare the opportunity to improve its schemes, use group-wide services, add impact when applying for funding, have regional-wide influence and increase its longer term financial stability.
Sharing resources means Norcare can invest in providing an emphasis on quality and improvement, as well as developing new services to support people in the best way possible.
Susan Bickerton, Chief Executive of Norcare, said: “We are thrilled to join such a well thought of organisation as Fabrick Housing Group. This is a really visionary and forward thinking step for an organisation like Norcare.
“We retain our commitment to changing communities and working within localities to meeting the needs of vulnerable people, not just delivering services but developing solutions.”