Project information

Good Memories Fund

Young people in our care are helped to realize their worth, where many may come from chaotic lifestyles and backgrounds. We help them to work through a lack of childhood with fun days out, marking birthdays, Christmas and other events to contrast with what may have been a sad and lonely childhood.

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Charity information: Contact

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  • Need

    Need

    The young women referred to Contact come from a range of backgrounds which includes relationship breakdowns, fleeing domestic violence/oppressive family regimes/forced marriages, threatened abduction, physical and emotional abuse. They all carry the scars of rejection, trauma and loss. Over 90% of the young people we accommodate are raised in poverty, coming from the areas of Manchester associated with high levels of social deprivation and unemployment. The age range is from 16 to 19

    Solution

    Young women in our care will be helped to address gaps in their childhood, realize their unique worth, enjoy and achieve and be helped towards maximizing their potential. The events funded through the Good memories fund supplements a personal plan which includes learning skills such as housekeeping, shopping, cleaning, cooking, and looking after themselves, and emphasis on developing personal responsibility and skills needed for independent living.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Each young person has a personal plan for learning life skills.

    Activities

    » Each young person in our care is allocated a key worker who meets with them on a regular basis.

    Contact measures progress using an outcomes matrix focusing on health and development, behaviour and self esteem, relationship, identity and life skills


    Aim 2

    Each young person will be helped to develop personal responsibility and skills for independence.

    Activities

    » The support plan is reviewed monthly with regular progress meetings. A daily record of observations and progress is also kept for each young person.

    We evaluate progress and identify the point at which a young person begins to trust and accepts that they need help and support.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Contact helps homeless and vulnerable young women to re-connect with society and get back into education, employment or training. We also help them to come to terms with the past and to build a better future. The ethos of Contact is very simply to provide for each young person "what any good parent would do", offering support and help to move on to a better and happier future. We also provide an informal outreach service for the young women who have moved into more independent accommodation.

    Risk

    We use a risk assessment tool developed by Barnardos, to assess where Child Sexual Exploitation is a risk and intervene where necessary. Staff receive regular training covering various child protection issues such as FGM and receive regular supervision.
    Contact has full public Liability insurance, health and safety audits, and evacuation procedures in the event of fire. Trips out are accompanied by staff and are risk assessed.

    Reporting

    We will of course report to donors as they would wish. We can send reports and photographs with feedback from our girls if the donor wishes we could also mention their support on line.. Additionally our annual report gives information on our yearly achievements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,084

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,470 Birthday memories 2017-18 Gift vouchers, toiletries party food and balloons for 14 girls
      £880 Trip to Alton Towers for 11 2017-18 Travel, admission, pocket money, food
      £708 Trip to Blackpool for 11 2017-18 Travel, Funfair admission, food, pocket money
      £1,026 Christmas 2017 Gift vouchers, pyjamas, slippers food toiletries

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Pennington Trust £500 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Our project is in Manchester where the city councils review notes that homelessness approaches from under 18s account for a quarter of all approaches. The city councils homelessness strategy recognises the need for a holistic approach to homelessness amongst young people, combining it with their domestic abuse, alcohol and drugs strategy and rough sleeper’s initiative. The city of Manchester is ranked 5 in the overall indices of multiple deprivation.

    Beneficiaries

    Over three years 81 vulnerable young women aged 16 to 19 will be accommodated and supported, with 44 reaching their maximum potential and moving on to independent or semi independent accommodation, with 33 sustaining a long term tenancy. Beneficiaries will include girls fleeing domestic violence, sexual abuse or escaping from situations involving forced marriages abroad.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Contact has over 40 years experience in supporting homeless young women with at least 601 benefiting since records began in 1985. Our services are unique amongst local hostels, by providing accommodation, with providing tailored support to enable a young person to plan their own future. We place a strong emphasis on education, training and employment with an expectation that each young person will fully engage.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ruth Seabrook: Manager

    Ruth has been the manager here for 18 years and has a wealth of experience. She has the NVQ level 4 in management of health and social care

    Alison Livesey: Deputy Manager

    Alison is an is an ex service user and has the NVQ level 4 in children and young people services

    Senior Support Worker

    Karen our senior support worker has a level 3 diploma for children and young people’s services.

£433

To support one young girls stay at our hostel for one week.

I feel very safe living at contact as there is security alarm and locks for the rooms. The staff are very welcoming and the atmosphere comfortable and homely. The living room is very homely and big enough for all users.

Anon