Early in 2017, then Cllr. Dr Maryam Brady and Cllr. Katrina Trott stated in their Spring FOCUS leaflet :
“Just one Outreach Worker currently operates in Fareham on Mondays only, (on Tuesdays she works in Gosport). We believe his is not sufficient for the needs of the borough’s homeless and vulnerable. We are pressing the council to budget for a further 9 hours outreach work in Fareham.”
Sadly, council budget pressures meant that the much needed extra hours for a ‘Two Saints’ Outreach Worker did not materialise, not helped by Tory led Hampshire County Council imposing a £2m reduction in the Adult Health and Care budget for Social Inclusion services, effective from this year, 2019.
Speaking at Fareham Council’s Executive meeting on April 1st, Katrina commented on how the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant from Central Government will be used. Katrina has been in regular discussions with Housing officers and was aware that Senior officers have been working in partnership with HCC to establish an acceptable core service for social inclusion services in Fareham.
Welcoming the proposal that ‘Two Saints’ will receive £40,000 from the grant, which will enable more Outreach Worker hours specifically for Fareham, Katrina said, “Extra Street Outreach resource will be particularly welcome which, you may recall, ex-Councillor Dr. Maryam Brady and I argued for on several occasions.”