Works for Freedom
Works for Freedom supports practice that empowers, by sharing knowledge and experience.
Website URL: http://www.worksforfreedom.org
The Pavement is distributed in London, Scotland and the West Midlands. In London alone, around 4,000 copies of The Pavement are delivered to more than 70 hostels, day centres, homeless surgeries, soup-runs and libraries. By using volunteer journalists and homelessness sector professionals, as well as contributions from the country's best cartoonists (many of them Private Eye contributors), there is a balance of news, features, humour and service listings unlike other publications.
Working Chance offers professional help to women who have been sanctioned by the criminal justice system to find work. The organisation gives advice on CVs, interview techniques, training and education needs. Since 2007, Working Chance has been attempting to break down the barriers, for women with convictions to feel valued, by acting as an intermediary between the women and the employer.
Open Cinema is a film studio for excluded people, a participatory filmmaking programme, and it makes films for cross-sector organisations advocating on issues of social or environmental importance.
Since 2005 they have launched 29 film clubs at 21 venues in some of the most challenged communities in the UK and Ireland. These have welcomed over 10,000 individual admissions, produced 24 films, and received over 150 experts from the film industry, from universities and companies in a dynamic range of fields.
Kwads supports both drug users and their carers. They aim to meet the needs in the local community by collaborating with other drug and alcohol service providers across the wider Bristol area, ensuring that everyone has access to services they need.
After an initial assessment, each client is assigned a support worker who helps them to progress through the programme. Kwads also offer an education group training programme running for one evening session a week for 10 weeks. The course looks at themes such as stress, coping, boundaries, and health and wellbeing. It also provides individuals with tools and techniques to cope with difficult situations and emotions.
Established as a not-for-profit organisation in 2006, and becoming a registered charity in 2007, Future Skills Training (FST) works to re-engage children with the learning process through the implementation of a mixture of educational and support services. FST works specifically with young people aged between 11 and 19, who are excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream education, those that have offended or are at risk of offending, those who are not in education, employment or training, and those who are socially marginalised. FST, based in Wandsworth, south London, seek to empower, support, care for and give hope to all of the young people that they encounter through a range of effective and targeted group activities and projects, including mentoring, after school sports, personal and social development workshops, and tutoring. The FST team work either with small groups or on a one-to-one basis, helping to develop skills and abilities which will assist young people in growing up into mature, responsible adults. The support and encouragement provided is ongoing in order to build lasting relationships and ultimately help young people not just in the short term, but in the long term as well.
Find out more about Future Skills Training by visiting their website www.future-skills-training.org.uk
Project 6 is an award winning voluntary sector drug and alcohol charity and harm reduction service based in West Yorkshire, working to assist people with drug and alcohol addictions as well as reduce the risks associated with substance abuse and misuse. The services are open access and aimed to help not only the individual, but also friends, families, carers and the wider community. The assistance provided by Project 6 is primarily in the form of free, confidential and non-judgemental advice and support to anyone who needs it, in order to encourage substance users to embrace positive change and promote healthier lifestyles. Service users are always treated with the upmost care and respect and services are always offered in a confidential and judgemental way.
If you would like to find out more about Project 6 then visit the website: www.project6.org.uk/
Foundation 4 Life is a consultancy which specialises in the training, consultation and delivery of behaviour modification workshops and programmes for young people between the ages of 8 and 25 who are currently offending, or considered to be at risk of offending or reoffending. Foundation 4 Life runs a training service aimed towards helping young people from a variety of backgrounds to become peer mentors in order to help other young people in need; currently, the team of professionals working at Foundation 4 Life are professionally trained and reformed ex-offenders. This unique aspect of the service offers support from those who have most likely been in a similar position or circumstance themselves. The range of services are designed to be challenging, interactive and engaging, and are underpinned by a range of learning techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which, combined with the real life experiences and knowledge of the team, aim to challenge the attitudes of participants and ultimately empower young people to make better life choices. Foundation 4 Life also regularly stage youth events which promote and reward the positive achievements of young people, as well as reinforcing the anti-gun, knife and violent crime messages to youth communities.
Visit www.foundation4life.co.uk to find out more
Caring for Ex-Offenders (CFEO) is an organisation geared towards easing the transition from prison life into the community for those who serving custodial sentences. This is achieved primarily through co-ordinating a link between the individual coming out of prison, and their local church, which aims to better assist successful resettlement. CFEO train a team in a church near to where the individual is due to be relocated, who will mentor and support them at various stages. A relationship between the mentor and the individual is established whilst the individual is still inside prison, with the mentor then meeting them at the gate upon release and accompanying them to initial appointments and assist them in obtain basic needs, such as housing, employment, education, recovery from addictions, financial advice and relationships. With the prospect of reintegration into the community a daunting challenge for someone upon release from prison, the friendship, advice and support offered by a CFEO team makes the chances of successful transition much higher, and, in turn, reduces the likelihood of reoffending.
If you would like to find out more about Caring for Ex-Offenders then please visit www.caringforexoffenders.org/
Leading UK mental health charity, Together, help those who are dealing with mental suffering and distress to direct themselves in their journey towards improved mental health. The services offered by Together strongly believe in the role of personalisation, and aim to provide the tools, knowledge and support that people need to better help themselves towards a life that is independent, positive and rewarding. The crucial work undertaken at Together is underpinned by a vision aimed at breaking down the barriers that cause ignorance in society so that everyone can live lives free of prejudice; the charity pride themselves on their approach which is centred around working directly with service users, as the services are constantly being shaped by the people who actually use them. Formed in 1879, Together currently offer a range of services to almost 4,000 adults every month within 80 projects throughout England, which include community support centres, home-based community support, criminal justice mental health services, housing support and advocacy work. In offering holistic support and unique guidance tailored to the individual, Together allows individuals to lead their own recovery at their own pace and deal with each issue one step at a time.
Visit Together’s website http://www.together-uk.org/ to find out more about the organisation and their services.
Second Step work to provide different types of housing for people with mental health issues who require assistance in order to live independently. Importantly, they ensure that all help provided is unique and tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Working within the south west region, Second Step aim to deliver recovery and well-being opportunities for people with mental health issues, as well as a variety of other needs, to achieve their hopes and ambitions. In addition, Second Step also run a Rough Sleepers Initiative, a move-on scheme for people with mental health needs and a history of sleeping rough, and Intensive Tenancy Support, for those who are finding it difficult to cope with tenancy and are at risk of losing their home as a result. These sources of assistance, amongst a myriad of other holistic services provided by Second Step, provide the vital avenues of support needed by those who are particularly vulnerable and as a result, are more likely to be without a home.
Second Step are based in the areas of Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset. You can find out more about the different kinds of work that is done at Second Step by visiting their website www.second-step.co.uk