A DVD has been launched to educate young people about housing
services in Doncaster as part of Doncaster Council's new smarter
ways of working.
The DVD, called 'Housing Options', has been produced for
Doncaster Council's Housing Options service and aims to educate
14-17-year-olds about the help on offer, should they find
themselves struggling to find somewhere to live in the future.
As a result of developing new partnerships with local schools
and the voluntary and community sector, the DVD will be used
in schools and with other agencies such as the M25, YMCA and
Doncaster Foyer - all third sector agencies
that contribute to the council's strategic housing investment
priorities by helping young people who find themselves without a
In 2010/2011 over 1200 young people aged under 25 approached
the council's Housing Options service for advice and
assistance on their housing issues.
Shot over three days, the 10 minute DVD, explains
the various services on offer.
The DVD covers how the council's Housing Options service works.
Besides offering help on housing, the Council's
new enhanced housing options service also offers support
to get people back into work, back into education, get the health
care they need, as well as support tackling debt and applying for
Inger Marriott, Doncaster Council's Housing Options Development
"We are keen to explain how our smarter way of working can
help people to tackle the causes of homelessness as opposed to only
ever dealing with the effects. The DVD covers several case studies
covering how our teams help older people, a family and a
"It is hoped this DVD will show young people what the Housing
Options service offers to resolve housing situations should they
find themselves without a home in the future and also the other
help we offer such as helping people into work, with their
benefits, into further education and so on.
"We now offer a full package of services for people who
need a helping hand. We will also use the DVD to build
even better working
relationships across council departments
and with our partner agencies such as South
Yorkshire Police, Probation, NHS Doncaster, private landlords,
St Leger Homes and other housing associations working inDoncasterto
continually enhance the services that are available across the
borough - in the most efficient way possible."
Jacqui Wiltschinsky, Assistant Director of Public Health at
NHS Doncaster, said:
"The health implications of a person not having a stable, good
quality home cannot be understimated, whether they be young or
old, so I am really pleased to see that the joint working
between the council and NHS Doncaster that has been in
place for a couple of years now is being further enhanced by
this DVD, which gives lots of information about the full package of
services now available to people."