Charity secures funding

Chief executive of Calderdale SmartMove Stuart Rumney with staff at Calderdale SmartMove, Halifax.
Chief executive of Calderdale SmartMove Stuart Rumney with staff at Calderdale SmartMove, Halifax.
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SmartMove has been awarded the main council contract for homelessness services in Calderdale.

Calderdale Council has granted funding to Halifax charity SmartMove which assists homeless and vulnerably housed people to find accommodation across the region.

Over the last year, the charity has supported 358 vulnerable indivduals and families to secure and sustain accommodation.

SmartMove also offers education and volunteering opportunities for service users.

SmartMove chief executive officer Stuart Rumney said: “The successful securing of council funding for another year running is great for our service users as we, as a charity who knows their needs well, can continue to deliver services and support people who benefit from a consistent approach.”

Mr Rumney said the charity has a 95 per cent success rate with its clients.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for adults, health and social care, councillor Ann McAllister, said: “SmartMove has a good record of supporting people in the area into accommodation and we’re happy they can continue providing a wide range of support services which complement the council’s homelessness services.”

The charity was established in 1998 and has successfully secured the main council contract for adult homelessness services in Calderdale for the past three years.