Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 21 Our Covid-19 related housing support During the first lockdown, we supported 106 rough sleepers and allocated 348 properties across Babergh and Mid Suffolk districts, working hard to ensure properties were ready to let. We visited former rough sleepers who had recently moved or were about to move to a permanent accommodation, to ensure they could maintain their tenancies. We also assisted 561 households who were faced with financial difficulties by securing 310 food parcels, 120 furniture items and £15,913 in charitable grants and supported 352 tenants as they faced furlough, redundancy, and financial uncertainty, helping to secure £67,302 in benefit support. In summer 2021, Suffolk Public Sector Leaders earmarked £1million towards housing, homelessness, rough sleeping, and addressing inequalities. What we learned from the pandemic We showed how we can respond at pace to extraordinary challenges, while lockdown also accelerated our digital development. It meant, for example, we could provide platforms such as the ‘Virtual High Street’ to support business and use digital resources to reduce isolation in communities. Watch our video explaining more about the initiative. Most of our services successfully moved online. We also developed our empowering approach to our staff, using more online wellbeing sessions to give them freedom to act and the opportunity to be heard. We also saw our local communities step up magnificently, and this showed what can be achieved when people are empowered. Our grants helped many local groups carry out important work. MENTALHEALTH PHYSICALHEALTH FINANCIALHEALTH SOCIALHEALTH Wellbeing YOUR Enabling you to thrive at work and beyond