New homeless education scheme given the stamp of approval

Jul 31, 2012 by Warren

A scheme which educates young people about homelessness has now been given official approval by Staffordshire County Council.

Tamworth Homelessness Education Project (THEP) is run by the borough council, and aims to prevent homelessness among young adults, while giving advice about help available to those who may be facing homelessness or have become homeless.

The official accreditation means the project is now recognised by Staffordshire’s education department. It also supports the Personal Health Social and Economic Education (PHSEE) curriculum in schools.

Accreditation means it is now easier for the project to gain access to schools and start educating children and young people on the reality of becoming homeless.

The scheme, which has been running for a number of years, has recently been updated so it can reach a bigger audience, and target its messages for different age groups.

Part of the updated scheme is a session aimed at Year 10 pupils called: ‘The Grass Ain’t Always Greener’, which uses a DVD of a Tamworth teenager who became homeless. It looks at issues she faced and how the borough council helped her find accommodation and then worked with her and her family so she could go back home.

Councillor Michael Greatorex, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Preventing homelessness is a key priority for the council, especially during ongoing economic uncertainty.

Cllr Greatorex added: “By educating young people on the realities of living away from home – including the emotional and financial reality – we hope to be able to reduce the number of people becoming homeless. This revised programme will be able to deliver the project to a wider audience by using new and innovative methods

“If people know what alternatives are available and who to approach for help it could make all the difference.”

The programme aims to visit all schools to:
• Raise awareness of being homeless
• Consider how it would feel to be without a home
• Challenge stereotypes of homelessness
• Prevent young people in the borough from leaving home in an unplanned way
• Identify where homelessness is a risk and ensure people know services available for help and advice

The scheme can be extended wider than schools to other groups which could benefit.  For more information, email: thep@tamworth.gov.uk

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  1. Bec

    Ironic really when you consider government policy has increased homelessness by 25%, Homelessness has gone up from 40,020 in 2011 to 50,290 (so far) in 2012.

    And the government’s plans to remove housing benefit from the under 25s, will undoubtedly increase homelessness further.

    The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (David Orr), said: “Preventing those under 25 from getting help for housing costs may increase homelessness and make it harder for young people to move to where they can find work.”

    So once again the government policies will increase unemployment, but then maybe that’s the plan, as many of these young people will find themselves conscripted onto the governments Forced Labour Schemes, which provide free labour to dodgy businesses and bogus charities, (in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 4)
    Whilst at current levels, and if they were paid minimum wage is a ‘saving’ to all the dodgy companies of £4.7 billion, a % of which will undoubtedly be donated to the Conservative party, as a little thank you for providing a vast amount of workers the dodgy businesses don’t have to pay.

    And with the increased amount of people forced to work for free, this will increase the need for housing benefit, and if further reduced will increase the levels of homelessness.

    Maybe the ‘Homeless Education Scheme’ should teach people that forced unwaged labour, is not only illegal, but leads to poverty and homelessness.

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