WE BELIEVE THAT THE BEST PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT THE REALITY OF HOMELESSNESS ARE THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED IT FIRST-HAND. PEER IMPACT IS THE PEER EDUCATION ELEMENT OF THE PROJECT – YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 16-25 VOLUNTEER TO SHARE THEIR STORIES WITH OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE, WITH THE AIM OF PREVENTING FUTURE HOMELESSNESS AND OFFERING A LIFELINE TO THOSE AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS.
Our peer educators complete a Level 2 Extended Award in Personal and Social Development Skills in preparation to volunteer with the project – if they choose to do so, they visit secondary schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with our Project Workers to tell their story in Home Street Home workshops. This amazing group of young people have won numerous awards for their work, and leave a lasting impression on every group of students:
“IT HAS WIDENED MY VIEW ON WHAT CAUSES HOMELESSNESS. I NOW REALISE IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.” (STUDENT)
“FORMAT OF THE PRESENTATION WAS EXCELLENT. REALLY WELL PRESENTED AND ENGAGED THE KIDS. LOTS OF ORGANISATIONS RELY ON VIDEOS, THIS REAL-LIFE PRESENTATION WORKED A LOT BETTER. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.” (TEACHER)
HOME STREET HOME
We have been delivering workshops to groups of students in secondary schools across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire for many years. Our hour-long sessions are aimed at Year 10 and 11 students (and can be adapted for other age groups). We set out to challenge the stereotypes around homelessness and homeless people, raise awareness of the issue and – most importantly – equip young people with the information they need to recognise when they are at risk of homelessness and seek the right support as early as possible.
Home Street Home is interactive, innovative and based around the real-life experiences of our peer educators – it is an opportunity for students to find out about all aspects of the common causes and consequences of homelessness.
If you would like more information about booking Home Street Home sessions for your school or youth group, please get in touch.
Broxtowe Youth Homelessness aim to provide young people with the opportunity to develop skills related to their emotional development and prepare them for employment, further learning and independent living.
Our workshops are small, relaxed groups where young people can identify issues that are important to them and build their self-esteem and confidence, all whilst achieving a Level 1 AIM Award. Check out our Training page to see any upcoming courses.
Everyone experiences highs and lows when taking on their first tenancy. In a fun and relaxed training environment, Broxtowe Youth Homelessness will help young people explore what tenants and landlords are responsible for, help identify common obstacles to living independently and help plan their next steps, all whilst achieving a Level 1 AIM Award.
Whether you’re planning to move or already in your own accommodation check out our Training page to see any upcoming courses.
GROWING AMBITION PROJECT
G.A.P is an opportunity for young people to identify their own skills, qualities and strengths and how they transfer to the world of work and further education. You’ll have the chance to look at the skills you’d like to build on and plan your next steps.
A combination of group work and 1:1 guidance and support, this short course helps grow ambition and put in place practical pathways to achieve. Check out our Training page to see any upcoming courses.
BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE
Believe and Achieve is for young people who may struggle to engage with services or opportunities and how motivation, or lack of, could be impacting them. The training focusses on what motivation means, factors that motivate people, what the impact is when you are unmotivated and how to overcome these challenges.
All participants will achieve a Level 1 AIM Award in Motivation.
THE MEDITATION PARTNERSHIP
Broxtowe Youth Homelessness and Citizens Advice Broxtowe have launched The Mediation Partnership to provide mediation services in the borough of Broxtowe.
The Mediation Partnership provides an impartial third party to assist disputing parties in resolving conflict, this could be around housing and various other neighbourhood issues. Broxtowe Youth Homelessness will be focusing on the under 25’s where the issue, if not resolved could result in homelessness.
At present The Mediation Partnership is only taking referrals from Broxtowe Borough Council.
CARE 2 WORK
As part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Care Leavers offer, they have introduced the Care 2 Work project.
The project is aimed at 16–17-year-olds before they leave care and consists of a two-day work readiness programme, followed by a meaningful work placement in a field of their choice.
The project aims to support young people who have experienced care to identify and start on their future career paths.
THE BYH LIVING ROOM
The BYH Living Room is a drop in service held three times a week at our office in Stapleford and once a week at NGY myplace in Nottingham. We offer advice, support and a friendly face to any young person who is homeless, is at risk of homelessness or needs support in maintaining their tenancy. It is a time for young people to support each other too, talk to people in a similar situation and enjoy some company.
We can put you in touch with other organisations, help with understanding bills and benefits, offer emotional support or just a cup of tea and biscuits!
THE LIVING ROOM IS OPEN ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 12 – 4PM AT BYH, 1 CHURCH WALK, STAPLEFORD AND TUESDAYS 1-4PM AT NGY MYPLACE, 29-31 CASTLE GATE, NOTTINGHAM.
The Parcel Scheme is open to young people aged 16-25. We offer emergency food parcels and toiletries packs to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. For young people who are moving on from homelessness and into their own tenancy, we provide a Home Starter Pack which includes a range of basic kitchen equipment, towels and cleaning products.
IF YOU NEED A BASIC BOX, OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SCHEME, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.
Each year, our volunteers get in touch with their creative sides to take part in the design, planning, writing and production of our free magazine. On Your Feet is designed to be given to the students who have attended a Home Street Home session; it gives them more information and a handy list of agencies to contact should they need advice or support. The magazine works just as well as a stand-alone resource, it’s always an informative, entertaining and inspirational read.
The latest edition features articles on domestic abuse, rough sleeping, The Big Issue, foodbanks, Hidden Homelessness and much more. What makes it such fascinating reading is the number of young people who were willing to share their personal experiences of homelessness – their stories in their words.
IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN FINDING MORE ABOUT THE MAGAZINE, GET IN TOUCH HERE
OUR HOMELESS AWARENESS TRAINING IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR – GET IN TOUCH FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK SPACES.
When things go wrong at home, young people often first approach the professionals with whom they work for advice and support. With increasing numbers of young people becoming or at risk of becoming homeless it is vital that workers are equipped to offer accurate and relevant advice.
We train those working with young people to:
- raise awareness of youth homelessness
- promote available sources of help and support
- enable young people to make informed choices after leaving home
- provide accurate signposting and information to young people
INTER AGENCY FORUM
South Nottinghamshire Interagency Homelessness Forum is coordinated and co-chaired by BYH, this quarterly forum brings together the agencies concerned with homelessness from across the region to promote information sharing, good practice and effective partnership working. It operated as the Broxtowe Interagency Forum for 13 years and was so effective that it was extended to encompass Gedling and Rushcliffe with whom Broxtowe shares a Homelessness Strategy.
If you would like to attend the Forum, please get in touch.