The Area Council Manager outlined the background to the hOurbank project, highlighting that £10,000 remains unallocated from the social isolation and cold homes service and which Members had provisionally agreed to use to increase the contract value of the DIAL’s Warm Connections contract to enable them to deliver hOurbank as a complimentary provision to their core Social Isolation and Warm Homes contract.
A discussion took place around the relative merits of the project, which is delivered in the St Helens Ward and has been very successful. It was felt that the project should be delivered across all four wards of the North Area Council.
(i) The North Area Council will fund DIAL to deliver the hOurbank project as a complimentary provision running alongside the Social Isolation and Cold Homes service.
(ii) The Area Council Manager will investigate the possibility of running the project across all North Area Council wards and will feed back to Members.