Sam Sullivan and Nicky Patel, both Trailblazer Mentors, were interviewed by Dave Monk on BBC Radio Essex earlier this month in a segment about homelessness prevention. They both explained their roles and the work that they do to help customers avoid homelessness by working directly with people at risk and their landlords.

The Trailblazer pilot has been commissioned by Essex County Council and works across a range of district, borough and city councils along with housing providers throughout Essex. The trailblazers also have individual specialism and are able to offer specific help for: young people, offenders, people with mental health issues, lettings problems, homeless families and people who are significantly disadvantaged.

Family Mosaic have appointed five mentors across south and west Essex, all with different specialisms and since the beginning of the pilot in May they have helped 12 customers to remain in their homes and avoid being made homeless.

Nicky Patel, one of the Trailblazer mentors, a children and families specialist, really enjoyed the chance to promote the service:

It was a great opportunity to spread the word about the Trailblazer initiative to a wider audience. Often people just need a little help to make a big difference and that’s where we come in.

Homelessness affects so many people, not just those that we see sleeping on the streets, and if we can use our skills to help prevent people from losing their homes then it’s a really worthwhile service.

The service covers Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford, Rayleigh, Southend, Thurrock, Brentwood, Uttlesford, Epping and Harlow and is funded for two years which will hopefully mean that there will be many more success stories for customers.

To listen to the interview, click here and fast forward to 2:08.