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Care and Urgent Need Support Scheme

Lancashire's Care and Urgent Need Support Scheme

For support please call 0300 123 6735 for more information and to apply. CaUNSS is administered by Lancashire County Council. Lancashire's Care and Urgent Need Support Scheme

Introducing CaUNSS:

When the government’s Hardship Fund was devolved to Local Authorities in April 2013, the Lancashire County Council needed a new way to help people in need – and Lancashire CRN members stepped up to develop and deliver a new service which has been nationally recognised as best practice in partnership working...

Lancashire CRN was instrumental in developing the groundbreaking Care and Urgent Need Support Scheme (CaUNSS) which is delivered by a consortium of our members and has won two national awards.

Each of the furniture reuse organisations (FROs) are local charities and social enterprises with a dual purpose – to collect and reissue good quality second hand furniture and household goods to people in need provide employment and training opportunities to those furthest from the labour market.

When the government’s Hardship Fund was devolved to Local Authorities in April 2013, the Authority needed a new way to help people in need – and Lancashire CRN members stepped up to develop and deliver a new service which has now been recognised as national best practice in partnership working.

Lancashire County Council already had established working relationships with individual FROs (no less than 7 district councils’ bulky waste collection services are delivered by reuse groups) and they took the decision to develop a new pan-Lancashire service, working closely with the Lancashire Community Recycling Network to best meet the needs of local people.

CaUNSS is more than supplying furniture...

10 million items of reusable furniture are thrown away in the UK every year – our groups intercept that good quality furniture and ensure it goes out to those who need it, not to landfill. By working with our reuse groups, the Authority is investing into established local good causes dedicated to supporting people in need and providing essential training and employment opportunities.

This service was developed using the knowledge and skills of the groups and the Authority to best meet the needs of Lancashire residents. Now it diverts around 17 tonnes of reusable furniture and appliances are from the waste stream in Lancashire each month and offers training placements to over 40 people at any one time.

In June 2014 the consortium of 8 FROs led by contract manager Selnet Ltd secured the contract for the future delivery of the service. In July 2014 CaUNSS was recognised on a national level as excellence in cross sector partnership working, when Lancashire CRN was awarded with the Best Partnership Project at the National Recycling Awards 2014, then a Silver Zero Waste Award from industry body Letsrecycle in October. 

Who is CaUNSS for?

For people on low incomes, it is difficult – or impossible – to furnish a home from scratch. The CaUNSS was designed to enable Lancashire residents with no other means of support to set up a home.

The FROs supply good quality second hand furniture, domestic appliances reconditioned by qualified staff and other essential household goods to those in need on a referral basis from the Authority. The service was developed with guidance from Lancashire’s Trading Standards, and each group is a registered Safe Trader. Although the majority of goods are second hand, all bedding and mattresses issued through CaUNSS are new.

CaUNSS typically supports people experiencing exceptional pressure (especially where there are severe problems being caused by disability) or homeless people to move into permanent accommodation, as well as helping people to leave residential care or escape domestic violence, or ex-offenders looking to re-establish a home.

90% of awards are made to an applicant with a long term health issue, a disability and (or) with dependent children.

FROs across the region provide free collection services for the public for reusable furniture and domestic appliances. Five groups also provide bulky waste collection services for 7 district councils, and separate good quality items for reuse – which can be up to 40% of what is collected. All stock is inspected, tested and quality assured before being reissued.

Selnet Ltd manage the CaUNSS contract on behalf of the FROs who cover Lancashire together:

  • Emmaus Preston
  • Total Reuse CIC 
  • Furniture Matters
  • Gift 92
  • Helping Hand
  • Refurb (Wyre & Fylde) Ltd
  • Open Door

 

 

 

How can I apply?

If you would like to apply to the Care and Urgent Need Support Scheme please call Lancashire County Council on freephone number 0300 123 6735.

Click here for support for residents in Blackpool.

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