Jobs Friends Houses
Lead service provider/commissioner
Jobs Friends Houses
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Project description only
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Prevention service description
Based on research which found that a meaningful job and good accommodation could lead to a 4% reduction in offending, Jobs Friends Houses aims to break the cycle of offending whilst connecting participants into the community.
The project provides roles working on buildings sites across Blackpool, to renovate properties into studio flats, apartments, houses, offices or medical facilities. In addition participants t gain basic work and life skills while also training for accredited adult apprenticeships with Blackpool and The Fylde College. Once completed finished properties are then put up for rent, appealing to those in the recovery community ( and therefore providing stable accommodation) and are also available to the general public, increasing social integration to narrow the social distance between ex-offenders and community members. Participants are also offered work opportunities in the project offices, lettings agency or recovery housing. These office based opportunities also led to training opportunities, whether through Further Education study or in-house with an expert learning and development manager. Employment is just one strand of what we do. Each team member is offered a bespoke program of support to ensure they flourish in their new role and lifestyle. Our wellbeing team work with trainees and apprentices to improve their life skills, as well as directing them to support groups, securing access to specialist services, giving financial advice or money management information, helping them to set up email or bank accounts, arranging counselling. This is done through formal support sessions and also on an ad-hoc informal basis, according to need. At the present time the project has a team of 38 employees and 12 volunteers, with two thirds of the team in recovery either in recovery from addiction, prolific offenders or have had mental health problems.
Befriending, mentoring and peer support; Information and advice; Housing support; Community capacity building
Target client group(s):
Adults with long-term health conditions; Adults with mental health problems; Vulnerable adults