The Fred Winter Centre

Paul Spooner – Chairman of the FWC Partnership

Monday 17 May, 6pm

The Fred Winter Centre (FWC) is the first Housing Plus centre to be purpose-built in the Midlands, providing both affordable homes for people facing homelessness and a range of professional support services covering health and well-being, money advice and work-based skills training, all in one building. The aim of FWC is to enable local people in Stratford District who are on limited income and who need housing accommodation to become financially resilient and able to sustain tenancies in the local housing market.

The Fred Winter Centre is being developed by Spring Housing Association, a Birmingham-based housing charity with a track record of supporting homeless people, and the project is funded and supported by all the local authorities, health bodies, the Town Trust, and charities working in Stratford to address homelessness and vulnerability. As well as providing 15 good quality self-contained apartments, the centre, which is due to open in June, will house charities such as Change Grow Live, Springfield Mind, Stratford Foodbank, Orbit Better Days, Oasis Community Cafe, and Spring Housing, aiming to provide a joined-up approach to those in need.

Paul Spooner has over 30 years experience of working in the housing sector, and was inspired by the achievements in Scandinavia of 'housing plus' centres, located often in the centre of towns, providing accommodation and services under one roof. The Fred Winter Centre has been named in honour of the Winter family who are well recognised within the local area and have supported us so enthusiastically in the development of this project.

Paul has provided a set of slides of his presentation. The video of the presentation may be viewed on the Stratford Society's YouTube channel.