Wellingborough charity wins £10.5m contracts

Jane Deamer
Jane Deamer

A Wellingborough charity has been awarded nine of Northamptonshire County Council’s 10 new Supporting Services contracts.

Service Six has won contracts valued at £10.5m until 2018.

The charity submitted tenders for all 10 of the contracts as the lead contractor with two local charities, Northampton Women’s Aid (NWA) and Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC), and a national partner, Family Action, all acting as main sub-contractors.

The new services covering Northampton, Corby, Wellingborough, Daventry, East Northamptonshire and South Northamptonshire will support up to 860 young people and 500 vulnerable families a year through an innovative collaboration which will ensure families receive a seamless service addressing their priority needs.

The new county council contracts are due to start in July and the key themes are tackling domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour and providing parenting support.

New contract services include Service Six’s StreetWise, NWA’s Safe Plus and Family Action’s Building Bridges programmes.

StreetWise will be focused on reducing incidents of youth anti-social behaviour and low-level offending while Safe Plus will support victims of domestic abuse and provide behaviour changing group work programmes for victims and perpetrators.

Chief executive for Service Six, Jane Deamer, said: “We are absolutely delighted with these wins. I hope our partners are as proud as I am of what we have achieved.

“Our bids represent a credible and safe local option for NCC. Choosing us ensures the community and NCC will receive high quality, consistency and significant economies of scale for the whole county, all desperately needed at an exceptionally challenging time for our community’s most needy families and amidst NCC’s comprehensive safeguarding improvements and public funding cuts.”

NWA’s joint chief executive, Chris Starmer, said: “This will allow NWA to continue to develop the delivery of specialist interventions designed to combat the growing statistics of people affected by domestic abuse.”

Service Six is currently a recipient of NHS, NHFT, Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and BBC Children In Need contracts and grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds per year.

Jane Deamer added: “Having the big three national funders simultaneously investing in Service Six and the county is a major achievement for a charity our size and their added value has no doubt helped us win.”