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  • Steps to a better future

    AIM:

     

    Providing opportunities to socially excluded individuals whom either (or both) society or themselves have given up on.

     

    We aim to empower people - for them to see their strengths and to use their past or current circumstances as a driving force to a better future.

     

    Our aim is not only to assist people with their housing needs but to give them the tools they need to lead a good quality life, both practically (life skills, qualifications etc) and mentally (confidence, self-belief, motivation).

     

    DETAILS:

     

    We will provide accredited training, work experience, volunteering opportunities, peer led services, social activities, and practical support, including counselling and advocacy, to give people their confidence and self-worth back.

     

    We will work with:
    - street homeless
    - those in supported, temporary or emergency accommodation
    - destitute migrants who have no recourse to public funds
    - long-term unemployed
    - ex-offenders
    - those tackling substance addictions / people in recovery
    - people with mental health needs, learning and physical disabilities.

     

    We will provide a unique and bespoke service dedicated to helping individuals who are, or at risk of, homelessness or unsettlement (a lot of clients don’t deem themselves to be homeless as they are sofa-surfing or staying with family but their stay is not guaranteed).

     

    Each client will have their own individual action plan which following a non-intrusive and joint assessment will highlight and include details of immediate areas of need (such as health, legal matters) and aspirations (such as training, employment, housing etc).

     

    Each client will have a dedicated worker and will also have access to other workers for support and advice should their worker be absent.

     

    We will offer advocacy and support but will focus on enablement and self-management, showing people that we believe in them and exploring new ways of working.

     

    We have buy-in from various established businesses in Tameside including a HR company who will support in writing a CV, Interview skills, business planning etc and the buy-in from 6 local companies with a range of business including well known supermarkets, joinery, electronics and social care to offer work experience, workshops and potential employment making this a real community initiative.

     

    We will have an on-site counsellor available for 1:1 support who will assess and recommend where needed further support either from external sources or with in-house counsellors, who can start counselling sessions after a short waiting list (approx. within 3 weeks). We will also encourage and provide opportunities for holistic therapies such as meditation, reiki and tai-chi.


     

    We aim to empower people - for them to see their strengths and to use their past or current circumstances as a driving force to a better future.

     

    Our aim is not only to assist people with their housing needs but to give them the tools they need to lead a good quality life, both practically (life skills, qualifications etc) and mentally (confidence, self-belief, motivation).

     

    We will work with local training and education providers to offer courses in:
    - ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
    - Maths and English
    - Training specific to trade e.g.. Food Hygiene, Manual handling, Security, CSCS cards etc
    - Apprenticeships (2018 onwards)

     

    We will with local businesses to provide invaluable work experience, 1:1 demonstrations, group workshops, days out (Touring large offices, seeing behind the scenes etc).

     

    We will ensure equal opportunities for our clients, so they will be able to wear a smart suit for an interview, they will be able to go to the barbers and get a smart haircut and shave, they will  have travel fare and money for lunch, they will have a printed CV ready to present etc. All the things we take for granted are impossible hurdles for some people in terms of progressing and creating a brighter future.

     

    We will offer friendship and a safe place for clients to explore their feelings and offload their worries to their key worker, to peers or to a counsellor.

     

    Every client will be welcomed into our ‘pay what you can’ café where they can get good quality food at no or minimal cost. There is no price list, just donation pots located around the room. The café is open to all so our clients will eat with staff and members of the public including staff from other agencies and local residents. This encourages conversation, educates people and builds community cohesion. After all, we are all the same, we are all humans and homelessness can happen to anyone. These conversations open up further talks with businesses around volunteering opportunities, sponsorships and donations etc. We are extremely proud of the break-throughs we have made so far and can’t wait to progress with the much needed next steps to provide clients with so many opportunities under this exciting new initiative.

     

    We have a self-contained pod where we can offer overnight shelter to the destitute, who have exhausted all other options elsewhere. This offers respite from the streets and an opportunity to shower, get clean clothes and catch up on sleep. Lack of sleep is a barrier to progression. Many of our clients will inform us that they are tired and not sleeping well owing to their living arrangements and will often self-medicate or catch up on sleep during the safer (day) hours which leads to missed appointments.

     

    We encourage clients to save money towards a deposit and to assist them with this offer free food, clothing and toiletries. If they do not feel safe holding the money themselves, they can access a safety deposit box and save safely with us.

     

    We know that we can make this a huge success. We have every confidence in this initiative and are now looking to secure funds to cover overheads and to fund a part-time project lead who will be responsible for monitoring, evaluating and developing this project so we can continue to support many more.

     

    We would like to request £6000 towards staff costs and £2500 towards running costs. This will enable us to safely say we can deliver this over the next 12 months. 

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