Works for Freedom
Works for Freedom supports practice that empowers, by sharing knowledge and experience.
Website URL: http://www.worksforfreedom.org
Alone in London is a youth homelessness charity that has been supporting young people since 1972. They provide a range of services to young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and last year engaged with over 2,000 people to achieve this.
Their information service provides initial advice and information on what to do if you are homeless or about to become homeless and will direct you to services in your area. They can also provide 1-2-1 sessions with an advisors, who will find out about young people's circumstances and talk you through their future options.
Following the death of Zahid Mubarek at Feltham YOI in 2000, the Trust was established in his memory to advocate for reforms and to challenge discrimination within the criminal justice system. With their ongoing work they promote access to justice, human rights and the rule of law through monitoring, campaigning and advocacy.
Soft touch arts works with young people, using arts, media and music activities, to inspire and engage them to develop creative, social and employability skills in Leicester. For example:
- During 2011-2012 they worked with 1,131 young people, of whom 95 per cent lived in deprived neighbourhoods
- Their street-based creative engagement work has reached 850 young people in 3 years
Since the 1960s, Blenheim has worked in different areas of London to provide services and support to people with drug problems and addiction. They provide recovery and learning and development programmes reflecting the multicultural and diverse needs of the communities they work in.
As one service user said: 'Thanks to the training and Blenheim's support, I quickly learned to like, love and respect myself and others. I am a living example of how people can change'.
DiversityInCare is a charity working with disadvantaged communities throughout the United Kingdom. They aim to help adults, children and families battling a wide range of issues associated with drug and alcohol abuse through their multi-agency services.
Their fields of work include consultancy, residential, outreach and floating support. They help men, women and their families with whatever combination of problems they have in order to prevent them taking steps back in their lives.
Phoenix Prison Trust work all over the UK and The Republic of Ireland in prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres, secure hospitals and probation hostels.
They offer individual support to prisoners and prison staff through teaching, correspondence, books and newsletters. A key aspect of their work is training and supporting qualified yoga teachers in order to best meet the needs of their clients. People of any faith or no faith can benefit as they honour all religions. They believe benefits for inmates include:
- Feeling less angry and aggressive
- Sleeping better
- Are less prone to taking drugs
- Are more ready to take up other educational activities
- Develop self discipline and concentration, often for the first time
- Find something in themselves they can like, they feel less isolated and encouraged to socialise, which prepares them well for resettlement
The Margeret Carey foundation rescues scrapped bicycles and wheelchairs that are no longer in use and set up workshops where prisoners clean, adjust and repair them to a high standard.
They then give the refurbished bikes and wheelchairs to communities in need, in England and in developing countries.
The aim of their workshops is not only to help those in need, but to improve the skills of those who have been sanctioned by the criminal justice. They believe their projects give prisoners the chance to learn skills and teamwork, which in turn leads to increased self-confidence and self respect, all the while heightening the prisoner’s awareness of the needs of others, of the desperate poverty in the world, and the change to a person’s life that a wheelchair can bring.
Adelaide House Women's Approved Premises is situated in Liverpool, Merseyside, one of only six such facilities in the country. They provide residential support and interventions for up to 20 adult women ( over 18 years ).
Management and staff at Adelaide House advocate an holistic, women centred, needs led approach to their work, which includes enhanced supervision within a structured and supportive environment. They have developed extensive experience of working with female offenders who present with complex needs across a range of issues.
They can accommodate and work with women who are experiencing difficulties with any of the following;.
- Offending behaviour
- Drugs and alcohol addiction
- Personality disorder
- Mental Health
- Learning difficulties
- Self harm
Tell Me A Tale is a charity that creates accessible arts opportunities for diverse community groups. They have run projects in schools, hospitals, care homes, prisons, immigration detention centres and with various community/arts organisations in the UK, as well as overseas in Turkey and Australia.
One of their projects, Act on Employment, is a short course giving participants the opportunity to focus on employment skills, confidence, social cohesion and building stronger families.
The Cathedral Archer Project is a unique project in the city centre of Sheffield. They work in partnership to deliver a high quality service to people from a variety of backgrounds associated with homelessness including rough sleepers, drug and alcohol addicts, women street workers, probation clients, asylum seekers and refugees.
Their projects and services include:
Serves in excess of 10,500 free hot breakfasts each year for homeless and vulnerable adults, over 4,000 subsidised hot lunches and hand out approximately 80 to 100 food parcels per week
Numeracy and literacy classes
Organise occupational groups, which include gardening, art, crafts, IT, Wildlife Trust, football and other activities
Run health groups including Keep It Safe Levels 1, 2 and 3 for drug users
Medical visitors include a nurse, chiropodist, dentist, massage therapist
Provide access to showers and laundry facilities on site
Provide access to housing and benefits advice and support