The winners of an art competition and exhibition
Furniture upcycling project
More furniture upcycling
Include Us artwork and decoupage chairs
Moving forward, our vision for the future is for the ‘Include Us Too’ project to offer guidance and support to homeless and excluded young people (11-25 years) as they are encouraged to have more active participation in their community thus empowering them with the skills to have a more positive future.
The new project will build on the existing youth project but with significant changes and enhanced features as we have learnt from the developing needs and requests of beneficiaries. Without the new project Save The Family would not offer youth activities or support as this is an additional aspect of the charity which focuses on re-housing and helping families to stay together.
This project will change the perception of homeless young people both in their immediate and wider community, for them to become integrated rather than isolated. We will achieve this by running sessions where the wider community are invited to attend thus interacting with homeless young people, utilising our existing multi-functional hall spaces. Holding “pop up” events in the community run by our beneficiaries, we will “take over” church halls, empty shops and community spaces to run drop-in advice centres, swap shops and galleries (to name but a few).
Young homeless people will take on positive roles within the community through mentoring, volunteering, and speaking to groups about homelessness and issues. The young people will lead in planning this programme of events, liasing with community groups, booking venues, and advertising and promoting the sessions. We will use existing project members as part of our team on a volunteer buddy system. Through this it will reach a wider audience of vulnerable/ excluded young people than previously able.
We take referrals from across North East Wales, mainly Flintshire and Wrexham, but in the future we hope to expand this to Denbighshire and other surrounding areas. Young people can self-refer or can be referred by another agency. All of the young people need to be age 11-25 years and fall within the boundaries of disadvantaged, disengaged or affected by homelessness. Although we do expect a level of honesty regarding criminal records and background information about young people, this does not mean that we would not work with anyone but it is both helpful and safer for all parties involved if we are aware of any potential risks to themselves and others.
For more information, please contact the team on 01244 821469 or firstname.lastname@example.org