Key homeless workers at Northampton charity halved in number after funding concerns

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  • Northampton Association for Accommodation of Single Homeless reduces number of case workers after uncertainty over fuding
  • Three of its six key workers have left
  • Northamptonshire County Council says decision over funding due to expire in January is due soon
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A charity that helps Northampton homeless people has halved its number of key workers since it opened.

The charity, Northampton Association for Accommodation of Single Homeless (NAASH), has chosen not to replace staff who have left because of uncertainty over funding, the latest segment of which runs out in January.

Its latest newsletter says NAASH has reduced its staff numbers based at Oasis House, which is in The Mounts, “to assist with funding difficulties”.

Theresa Williams, the manager of NAASH, said that, since 2012, it had lost three of its six key workers who help change homeless people’s lifestyles.

And the number of staff dedicated to ensuring nobody sleeps on the streets on consecutive nights has also reduced, from three to two.

NAASH also has none of the back office staff it started with three years ago.

Mrs Williams said: “We are trying to prepare in case the funding isn’t awarded.

“Natural wastage is the best way to do it because we won’t have to go through people losing their jobs through redundancy.”

Northamptonshire County Council said a decision on funding would happen soon.

Meanwhile NAASH is also looking for ideas for a more catchy name that clearly tells people what it does. Contact the charity at www.naash.co.uk with suggestions.

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: “While we are in the process of establishing a public health and wellbeing community interest company, it is anticipated that contracts due to expire in the interim period will be extended to ensure people who receive those services can continue to do so, which remains our priority throughout.

“This will be determined at the Cabinet meeting next Tuesday.”