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Skills for Life

April 16th 2011

Trident Reach's new ‘Skills for Life Service’ project will 'go live' on 11 April 2011. This project has secured funding for three years from the Big Lottery Fund and will provide one-to-one and group support to vulnerable and homeless people in Birmingham.

Trident Reach is one of the main providers of support to homeless people in Birmingham through the Supporting People programme. The charity provides a direct-access hostel offering intensive support for 28 days. Ben Bradley, its head of social investment, said: “Each person accessing this new service will be seen as an individual with qualities and weaknesses. We will aim to meet their needs by offering a variety of options, such as advice on how to cook a healthy meal on a budget. This is just part of how we are looking at new ways to support our customers. We already have in-house psychologists who can give in-depth support to customers who need to address traumatic experiences. As part of the service, we will also be offering a mobile computer suite teaching numeracy and literacy skills.”

Mr Bradley added that one of their service users had spent 37 years “on the road” and had not been in a supermarket in that time. “He will find this service invaluable. He is one of many individuals who have direct access to hostel services but he has become classically institutionalised and marginalised in society. Basic life skills will equip people like him with a better chance of trying to live a normal life again within a community.”

When asked how their Project will differ from Crisis Skylight, which already provides basic skills support, cookery, numeracy and literacy classes across Birmingham, Mr Bradley replied: “Support staff will go into the individual's home, if that is what they request, or they can be seen in an accommodation site of their choice. The programme is flexible to suit their needs. Trident will meet other service providers - including Crisis Skylight - to identify any gaps and make sure services are not duplicated.”

As part of their 'going live' day, trained staff will be involved in the local community introducing taster sessions regarding healthy living and eating. Posters will be displayed in local areas to advertise the events.


April 2011



Stand still and be counted!

Controversial strategy continues in City of London

Thugs jailed for attack on asylum seeker

Secret camp discovered in Villa grounds

Another violent assault

Bradford body finally discovered

The Big Issue goes app

Rough sleeper’s story takes to the stage

More hostel beds lost

Guerrilla campaign sees skeleton sleeping rough

End to restrictions on Eastern European nationals

Rough sleeper badly burned

Reading man charged over rough sleeper‚Äö?Ñ?¥s death

Enlightened hospital policy

Proposed soup kitchen ban makes way for £2.8m Westminster development

IWIC loses funding

Birmingham rough sleepers share in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Home-made for the home-less

Cannock project supports homeless with free toiletries

St Martin’s Helpdesk open for fewer hours

Skills for Life

I don‚Äö?Ñ?¥t know what I‚Äö?Ñ?¥d do without this place

Report reveals upward trend in homelessness

Befrienders help turn houses into homes

Scottish chef gets a taste of success

Politicians put under pressure to hear homeless voices

Glasgow homeless hit for council tax payments

Street Shield: The byelaw

Westminster - two sides of the argument


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