Works for Freedom
Works for Freedom supports practice that empowers, by sharing knowledge and experience.
Website URL: http://www.worksforfreedom.org
Networkfour originated back in December 2008 with the vision to see Birmingham's most vulnerable and deprived young people and adults offered a chance to see hope and transformation. Since then Networkfour continues to establish and grow to now provide support for many hundreds of adults and young people to find steps to change and a positive future.
Their hubs work directly with West Midlands Police and support Local Policing Units and Offender Management Teams offering nine bespoke intervention care pathways across the following areas for any individual referred to us through West Midlands Police, probation and youth offending teams:
- Alcohol and substances
- Children of those sanctioned by criminal justice
- Benefits, finance and debt
- Attitudes thinking and behaviour
- Education, training and employment
- Domestic violence
- Sexual exploitation
A hand up, not a hand out.
The Diaspora Support Network's mission is to support the resettlement of foreign national detainees and unlock their potential to positively contribute, build and sustain their communities. They are a resource for individuals, businesses and communities in various nations, working towards resettlement through economic and social justice.
They provide regular outreach shops to men in Wormwood Scrubs and Brixton HMP who are awaiting deportation to Jamaica and Nigeria. These workshops consist of resettlement planning, skills assessment and providing resettlement information and advocacy with follow through services in Jamaica, such as the Jamaica Reducing Re-offending Action Plan (JRRAP).
Over the past 30 years Ashford Place (formerly Cricklewood Homeless Concern) have grown to become a resource for the entire community, not just those who are homeless.
They support and facilitate positive change for individuals through the provision of a range of programmes including; housing, health, training and employment. At the same time they aim to develop services that build capacity and enhance the lives of the local community.
They have a range of objectives under four categories:
- Community engagement
- Community services
- Capacity building
- Social enterprise development
The Magdalene Group support women working in prostitution and provide support to help them exit and leave the often violent and damaging lifestyle behind them.
They aim to improve the quality of people lives through preventing sexual exploitation and coercion and support to those involved in sex work and offer opportunities for change.
Their objectives include:
- Providing a drop-in service that offers a safe and positive place that seeks to engage and build relationships with the women in order to help them manage their everyday lives.
- Providing advocacy for the women within a range of health, social care, education, criminal justice and wider community.
- Providing a range of prevention and support services to young people at risk of exploitation.
- Reaching out and engaging with women working in sex work and/or at risk of sexual exploitation and developing innovative ways of making contact in an endlessly adapting environment.
- Developing a befriending scheme that is responsive to the individual needs of the clients.
- Forming and maintaining good partnership working with other voluntary and statutory agencies to ensure holistic packages of care and support.
Headliners is a unique charity which inspires and encourages the personal development of young people through journalism.
Young people are trained to research and produce stories on issues important to them for publication and broadcast in national and local newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online.
Headliners put young people at the centre and let them get involved in decision making at every level. They assist other organisations to develop participation strategy by training adults and young people in areas such as the recruitment of staff, business planning and influencing policy in their communities.
Young people from Headliners can become trustees after the age of 18 and are able to research issues and produce stories for publication and broadcast in the mainstream media. Impressively, recent work includes broadcasts for Sky News and BBC Radio 4, and publication in The Guardian, local newspapers and websites covering issues such as gang wars, HIV/AIDS and size zero women.
Depaul UK helps young people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Depaul works with the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and specialise in working in communities where poverty and long-term unemployment have resulted in generations of social exclusion and high rates of homelessness.
They have 38 varied and complimentary projects based around the UK that work with young people to tackle homelessness at every level. They also run Depaul Nightstop UK, the affiliated body for over 45 Nightstop schemes across the UK which offer emergency short term accommodation in the homes of local volunteers on a night by night basis.
They aim to:
- Protect young people by finding them a place to call home.
- Prevent young people becoming homeless by rebuilding family relationships and offering through the gate support to young offenders.
- Provide young people with opportunities to progress beyond homelessness and fulfil their potential.
They also run The Depaul Box Company, where they sell sets of boxes fit for moving your home in with all of the profits going helping young homeless people.
At their training centre in Manchester city centre, Back on Track provides courses and guidance for adults who are going through a process of resettlement or recovery. Initial taster courses lasting a few weeks, include computer training, cookery, art, drama. Introductory vocational courses provide useful skills for exploring work in catering, social care and retail. They also offer a weekly volunteering taster session to provide a positive experience of work in a supportive environment.
Providence Row provides a warm, safe place with a range of services all under one roof to help people tackle the root causes of their homelessness. They work closely with other organisations and local councils towards the shared goal of finding accommodation so that people who are rough sleeping can move off the streets and into a home.
It can sometimes take up to four months to find a new home that is affordable, clean and safe. During this time Providence Row supports people with breakfast, showers and practical advice. The effects of homelessness do not end with putting a roof over someone's head. Many of the underlying causes of a person's homelessness will still exist, such as mental health problems or use of drugs or alcohol will persist. Many people will also continue to feel isolated or lonely. They continue to work with people through learning and training opportunities and / or support for mental health, drug, and alcohol problems.
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.