Our History

Framework: An essential supporting structure. A basic system. The Concise Oxford Dictionary Read more – ‘Definition’.
On 1st July 2001 two Nottingham homelessness charities – Macedon and Nottingham Help the Homeless Association (NHHA) – merged. The merged organisation became Framework. Framework is an organisation with people at its centre. This review of ten years’ work is dedicated to many people – those whom Framework supports and has supported; those who deliver [...] Read more – ‘Dedication’.
Foreword – Bob McKittrick
Bob McKittrick This publication is written not in a spirit of self-congratulation but to celebrate the contribution of people too numerous to mention by name. What the Board of Framework shares with everyone involved with the charity, is a vision of how to help people in the 21st century – how to support people to [...] Read more – ‘Foreword – Bob McKittrick’.
Foreword – Elizabeth Hutchinson
Elizabeth Hutchinson I first became involved with Macedon and then Framework after meeting Christine Russell, Macedon’s Chief Executive, who told me that they were short of women. I was invited to join the board and when they needed a Chair I took on the role. It was purely voluntary and not meant to be a [...] Read more – ‘Foreword – Elizabeth Hutchinson’.
The merger of Macedon and Nottingham Help the Homeless Association
The late Christine Russell, former Chief Executive, Framework “On 1 July we are celebrating the history not of ten years but of 40,” said Chief Executive Andrew Redfern at Framework’s annual service at Southwell Minster on 2nd April 2011. Macedon Macedon began life as the Macedon Christian Coffee Bar in 1973 at the Albion Congregational [...] Read more – ‘The merger of Macedon and Nottingham Help the Homeless Association’.
No single cause: no single solution
Homelessness is a potentially life-threatening situation with no single cause and no single solution: it has economic, social, physical and spiritual consequences for individuals, for families, for communities and for society. Homelessness can be caused by a single event; more often it is a combination of circumstances which tips someone over the edge – relationship [...] Read more – ‘No single cause: no single solution’.
Improving and Increasing Accommodation
Framework inherited dilapidated, overcrowded accommodation which dealt with the immediate and potentially life-threatening crisis of rough sleeping but did little to address the causes of homelessness or provide the platform for rebuilding lives. The new organisation was committed to developing better quality accommodation which promoted personal dignity and met the rising aspirations of services users. [...] Read more – ‘Improving and Increasing Accommodation’.
Preventing Homelessness
Macedon developed the Lottery-funded Move On Support Team (MOST) to help former homeless people stay in their own accommodation. Framework inherited this innovative approach to keeping former homeless people independent: the idea of early intervention to prevent the crisis of homelessness occurring came later, encouraged by government policy. Tenancy sustainment services took off in 2002/03 [...] Read more – ‘Preventing Homelessness’.
Developing Education, Volunteering and Employment
Antony Worrall Thompson opens the training kitchen at The Heath, Mansfield (2005) Employment is a major defence against homelessness and social exclusion. In 2011 training and employment services are an important and innovative part of Framework’s activities: in 2001 none existed. The seeds for this growth were: • Flatpack – trained clients in painting, decorating [...] Read more – ‘Developing Education, Volunteering and Employment’.
To Nottinghamshire and Beyond
Patio entrance to a flat at Embankment House, Leicester: specialist accommodation for people with severe learning disabilities. The broadening of Framework’s focus from Nottingham to Nottinghamshire has been an underlying theme in the development of housing, the creation of homelessness prevention services and the growth of training and employment services. Since 2010 that focus has [...] Read more – ‘To Nottinghamshire and Beyond’.
In Partnership
The needs of the people whom Framework supports are often complex; helping them effectively may require the resources and expertise of several organisations. Public sector bodies have statutory or fund-holding responsibility but voluntary sector organisations like Framework are better equipped to work directly with hard-to-reach populations due to their ability to respond quickly to emerging [...] Read more – ‘In Partnership’.
With Support
Delivering more than 1,000 letters from supporters to Nottinghamshire County Council backing the Supporting People programme (December 2010) “Our objective is to support clients in addressing the whole range of problems they experience. This requires funding from Supporting People and complementary sources including social and health commissioners, learning and skills councils, regeneration agencies, corporate donors, [...] Read more – ‘With Support’.
People and Culture
Framework’s charitable aim – to help vulnerable people – provides the direction for its work; a ‘can do’ culture enables it to respond quickly to changes in policy and funding priorities and to seize opportunities wherever they appear. Commitment Framework is willing to support people with whom other organisations might find it too difficult to [...] Read more – ‘People and Culture’.
Many Stories – One Purpose
This is a book of stories – human stories and that of an organisation that serves them. Each gives meaning to the other. Like many good stories these describe journeys – complete with obstacles, mistakes and comings of age. What gives direction and momentum to Framework’s particular journey is the charity’s mission: “To nurture opportunity [...] Read more – ‘Many Stories – One Purpose’.
Ten years of Framework – The Key Events
Framework has achieved a great deal in only ten years. Please click here to download a PDF copy of Framework’s ten year timeline as featured in our 10th Anniversary publication. Read more – ‘Ten years of Framework – The Key Events’.