Volunteers needed to evaluate West Sussex housing support services

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to evaluate proposals for a new housing support service in West Sussex worth around £750,000.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) recently invited tenders from those interested in providing a floating housing support service for older people, principally those living in the Arun, Chichester and Mid Sussex districts.

Anita Wright, director of Managing Change Consultancy Ltd, said: “I am looking for older people who can spare a little time to meet twice this month in a WSCC meeting room in their district.”

Volunteers would need to be interested in helping to evaluate proposals.

She added: “Each group’s work will be facilitated and supported by me and WSCC will pay reasonable and necessary out of pocket expenses that arise as a result of volunteering.”

The aim of each group of volunteers will be to identify key questions they would want asked of the service providers about their proposals and to identify a representative of the group to attend a meeting in February.

The new service will be for people older than 60, or 55 if they have a disability, who live in their own homes in Arun, Chichester or Mid Sussex.

The homes might be owned by them, a housing association, a private landlord or a local council.

The service has several aims, including providing a housing support service to help people develop a capacity to live independently.

It has been estimated the value of the contract will be approximately £750,000 per year.

Anyone interested in volunteering to evaluate the proposals should email anita@agingchangeconsultancy.co.uk or call 07961 896 769.