The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today welcomed His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester to Northampton.
The Duke of Gloucester visited Oasis House in Northampton today to see the good work being done to help the homeless.
Oasis House was officially opened at the beginning of 2012 and has revolutionised the provision of services for homeless people in Northampton. The facility brings together the agencies that support homeless people under one roof. As well as 48 units of accommodation, including 39 self-contained apartments and nine emergency units, there are dog kennels, training rooms for clients to learn new skills and a day-time drop in facility.
The £5.3 million supported housing scheme was developed by leading housing and care organisation Midland Heart in partnership with Northampton Borough Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, Northamptonshire County Council’s Supporting People, the Hope Centre, NAASH (Northampton Association for Accommodation for Single Homeless), CAN (County of Northampton Council on Addiction), YMCA and Northampton Homeless Forum.
After being introduced to representatives from the various agencies, His Royal Highness toured Oasis House taking in the training rooms, accommodation, dog kennels, canteen and day centre. During the tour The Duke was introduced to support workers, volunteers and service users and shown a special painting of hope created by pupils from the Caroline Chisholm School.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said “Oasis House has shown a new vision for the support of homeless people and I was delighted to be able to welcome HRH the Duke of Gloucester to see the great work being done. Oasis House provides high quality accommodation and, more crucially, the support services that people need to move forward with their lives.”
The Duke of Gloucester later visited 78 Derngate which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.