Main areas of work and projects
Promoting Health and Emotional Wellbeing: Accredited Training for Supported Housing Staff Working with Young People (2006 - 2010)
Young People in Focus received a grant from the Big Lottery to fund a project (2006-10) to devise an accredited training programme to enable staff working in supported housing settings to promote young people’s health and emotional wellbeing.
The project’s key elements are:
- research with young people and staff to identify programme
- creating a programme that can be delivered in flexible ways
- piloting the programme
- developing learning support material
There are approximately 18,000 young people aged 16-24 in supported housing and a large number of provider agencies of different kinds. Young people in supported housing have often had extremely disrupted lives and include some of the most vulnerable young people in society including care leavers and those who have been in custody. Research indicates that these young people have high rates of poor health. Training for staff is very patchy and staff are often feel ill-equipped to deal with some of the major health-related difficulties the young people experience such as depression and self-harm.
Young People in Focus worked closely with key national organisations in the supported housing field to create this programme. It also joined forces with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), which co-ordinated supported youth housing network meetings as part of this project .
The project’s first stage focused on research to create the programme design and content. Completed questionnaires from 146 supported housing managers and interviews with young people and staff resulted in the following four-module course structure:
- Young people now; transitions, development and
- The role of the support worker; building positive
- Approaches to working with troubled young people;
improving their social networks
- Working with others; looking after yourself
Please see Free Resources section of the website for the research reports.
The final stage involved piloting the programme and developing the learning support materials (including DVD) and delivery structure. The project was completed at the end of February 2010.
Kevin Lowe was the project manager. Jayne Hellett developed the programme material, and. Julie Shepherd and Nigel Sherriff carried out the project’s research.
Please e-mail Kevin Lowe or call him on 01273 647 335