• Ambition Mediation Services Open or Close

    Mediation is used to help people to resolve / work out conflict within their housing and prevent people becoming homeless. The mediation service we offer is completely impartial (not on anyone’s side) and we are not here to judge.  The aim of the service is to help you find a solution that is acceptable to all the people involved.

    Clients will need to live in one of the four authority areas Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales or North East Derbyshire.

    We aim to help:

    • Young people who have run away from home

    • Young people who are about to be kicked out of home

    • Young people who are experiencing conflict with their family and have been asked to leave which may result in them becoming homeless

    • Young people who want to leave home without conflict

    • Young people who want to get back in touch with their family since leaving home

    The mediation service is now up and running, and referrals are being taken from front line Housing Options Teams, MAT Teams and Social Services. 

    To assist you in referring applicants for mediation we’ve put together a short guide of things to check before referring clients for mediation which you can download below.

    If you have any further queries about the service please don't hesitate to contact us.

    Mediation Policy

    Mediation Information

    Mediation Referral Form

    Jo Hayes
    North Derbyshire Housing Ambition Co-ordinator
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    Tel: 01246 217319

  • Employment Ambition Open or Close

    Employment Ambition is a new project covering North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales and Bassetlaw Local Authority areas.  Funded through the Sheffield City Region funding initiative, The project has been set up to:

    • Support young people aged 18-24 who are looking for work, claiming JSA and living within the five local authority areas

    • Provide tailored, person centred support, including a dedicated key worker for each young person

    • Raise aspirations and motivation through individual development plans

    • Remove and reduce barriers to ensure success, including reimbursement of expenses

    • Provide in work support for up to 26 weeks to ensure sustainable employment outcomes for young people

    • Access to a dedicated mental health support worker, finance and debt advisor, and housing and homelessness support

    • Back to work savings premium of up to £500 once a young person moves into work

    Ambition is the No. 1 service for young people. Get in touch today on 01246 217833 to discuss how we can help you achieve your ambition!

  • Housing Advice for Young People Open or Close

    Leaving home is a big step for most young people and needs to be planned. There are three main things that you need to think about:

    1. What type of property will you live in?

    2. Can you afford to move?

    3. Are you ready to live on your own?

    The hardest way to leave home for the first time is in a crisis or after a big arguement, of course sometimes people have to leave home for their own safety, but in most cases it is better either stay at home or to take some time to plan your move.  

    If you would like further advice about your housing options then please contact your local council and ask to speak to their Housing Options Team or Homelessness Prevention Team.

    Chesterfield Borough Council                 01246 345825
    North East Derbyshire District Council     01246 231111
    Bolsover District Council                        01246 242424
    Derbyshire Dales District Council            01629 761311

    If you need assistance outside office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team
    (after 5pm Monday – Friday and at weekends)

    Tel: 01629 533190

    If you are thinking about leaving home the leaflet here outlines all the things you need to consider before leaving.

  • Housing Ambition Strategic Partner’s Forum Open or Close

    The HASP forum is an ongoing group with meetings held every other month.  The next meeting will be held on:

    The forum is for managers whose staff will engage with 16 – 24 year olds.  

    The key aim of the forum is to facilitate and increase joint working around young people and housing between the four authorities North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Bolsover & Derbyshire Dales in order to both save money and improve outcomes for young people. 

    Minutes from previous meetings:

    July 2016

    May 2016

    March 2016

    January 2016

    November 2015

  • Positive Pathway Open or Close

    Is about giving parents and young people the relevant and realistic information they need to come to their own decisions. Evidence shows that young people are staying at home longer where this is an option. Understanding what the housing options are in the local area and being able to plan for the future is important for all young people and their families. Identifying gaps in supply and meeting the needs of those who have no option to remain at home is a key role for public authorities and housing providers.

    The Positive Pathway framework proposes a universal offer of access to information and advice for young people and their families or carers to help them understand the housing options available and to inform decisions they make.

    For those at risk of homelessness or unable to meet their housing needs through their own resources and networks there is a need to advise, assist and provide access to planned options at an early stage before a crises emerges. For those facing homelessness there should be an integrated service response, with access to a range of supported housing options via a targeted and integrated single point of entry.

  • Resources and Referrals Open or Close

    The aim of the Universal referral is to strengthen working together and the implementation of a coherent pathway for North Derbyshire. 

    The flowchart at the bottom of this page should make it clear how the process will work and under what circumstances the form should be used.

    We will not expect all parts of the form to be completed in all cases, as you will see from the flowchart Housing Ambition will triage the referral to make sure it goes to the correct partner(s).  Please send any referrals to:

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    The documents below contain information on all services available to young people across North Derbyshire and were compiled from mapping exercises.  

    Ambition Universal Referral 2016

    Universal Referral Flowchart

    Pathway Plan 

    Please click on the links below for further information on the services available for young people:

  • Schools Projects Open or Close

    Housing Ambition delivered a successful Schools Homelessness Prevention Project over the academic year 2015/16. Visiting 16 schools across Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover & Derbyshire Dales areas to deliver a 1 hour lesson to pupils aged from aged 12 – 16.

    The project reached almost 3,000 students in total and covered topics such as the reasons young people can become homeless, housing options, budgeting and money and where to go for advice.

    Please see our School Statistics for a full breakdown of communications with the schools.

    The ways in which a schools homelessness prevention project can be delivered county wide are currently being looked at so more information on this will follow.

    f you would like further information on schools project or if you would like us to come and speak to any young people you are working with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact on this page.


Housing contacts

  • Tel: 01246 242424
  • Email: 
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