Project information

My New Home: Mine all Mine

To help our clients with the difficulties encountered when the time comes to live more independently, by providing a support package of basic essentials, decorating and securing the property to create a home, increasing the likelihood of sustaining a tenancy, and maintaining resilience exploitation

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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 including relationship breakdowns, domestic violence/oppressive family regimes/forced marriages, threatened abduction, physical and emotional abuse. They all carry the scars of rejection, trauma and loss, with 90% raised in poverty, and coming from the areas of Manchester. When a client is ready to move on, we aim to support them in maintaining a tenancy through our support package. The age range is from 16 to 19.

    Solution

    When a young person is ready to move on, we view the new tenancy offering a support package, according to need, to create a comfortable, safe home which includes decorating and securing the property, providing kitchen utensils, towels, bedding, basic furniture and white goods, to create an often unfriendly and sometimes frightening dwelling into a home, whilst also taking advantage of state aid. We also provide rent deposit and a food parcel and the opportunity to stay in touch for support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Each young person moving on will be able to sustain independence and a long term tenancy

    Activities

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

    We collect data on the number of maintained tenancies and report.


    Aim 2

    Each young person moving on will be more resilient to the risk of exploitation

    Activities

    » We actively engage and assess with a support plan is reviewed monthly with regular progress meetings.

    We encourage people to get in touch if they are in danger or need and record


    Aim 3

    Each young person will be able to put the life skills learnt through us, into practice

    Activities

    » A daily record of observations and progress is also kept for each young person

    We encourage people to keep in touch to ease their transition to independence and record.


    Aim 4

    Each young person will become self sufficient and able to move on with their life

    Activities

    » We maintain contact with former residents and offer support

    We encourage people to keep in touch to ease their transition to independence and record.


  • 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

    The risk is that an individual does not sustain their tenancy and the investment is lost. Contact does not move on an individual until they are ready for it. Although the average stay with is 13 weeks, there is no limit on the length of stay. Contact ensures that a person is ready to move on with a final review including an assessment of their needs. This follows on from monthly review of a support plan with weekly meetings if required, giving us a clear picture of ability to cope alone.

    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: £24,970

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,120 Decorations etc Security, Floor coverings, Curtains, Light bulbs @£920 x 11persons
      £3,300 Basic furniture Bed, sofa, Chest drawers, TV table @£300 x 11
      £9,020 White goods and electricals Cooker,Fridge, Washing machine, TV, Kettle, Toaster @ 820 x 11
      £770 Kitchenware Crockery, Utensils, Pots and pans @£70 x11
      £660 Linen Towels and Bedding @£60 x11
      £1,100 Miscellaneous Rent/ key deposit, Man with van, Electricity / Gas @£100x11 and sundries

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual benefactors £24,420 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 one year 11 young women will sustain 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 benefitting 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 ex service user and has the NVQ level 4 in children and young people services.

    Senior Support Worker

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