At Fresh Start Independence project we understand the importance of a young person's safety and welfare. We recognise the need for practices to be put in place fro when we believe a young person is missing from home. We have various detailed steps we take when a young person is reported missing from home these include:
We work with the local police and Missing From Home Officer who regularly comes onsite to speak with the young people.
At fresh start independence we have tailor made a role specific to vulnerable young people who often go missing. The post is developed for a senior support worker to provide support to vulnerable young people who are known for being frequently reported as missing from home.
The aim of the role is to:
Fresh Start Independence Project have developed a range of bespoke training programs working with key partners. These programs identify areas of interest and then consider the particular support needs of each young person. Specialist partners offer support and training placements to engage young persons in work related activities and internships.
My Life My Voice is an innovative and interactive Life Story which engages young people and gives them the opportunity to identify and document the barriers they face with regards to:
• Discrimination - Race, Gender, Sexuality
• Alcohol/drug misuse
• Offending behaviour/Criminal Record
• Mental Health
• Bridging the generational gap
• Accessing support
In particular, looking at how the above affects the young person – particularly those who are not in education, employment or training.
ShawStar uses various mediums, such as videography, photography, music and creative writing to document their life stories. ShawStar encourages participation by engaging the young people in the production process, giving them a ‘hands on’ experience of the film and photographic industry.
This is an eight session program which focuses on a range of topics and themes, including the young person’s past, significant people in their lives, the challenges they have faced and helping them to identify their achievements and talents.
At the end of the project the young person will have a personal account from their own perspective – giving their views and opinions about their life experiences. This will be in the form of a short, personal film presented on DVD and in digital format for the participants.
It will be a resource for that young person, which he/she can identify with, as it has been produced by themselves, allowing them to gain a better insight of their own individual journey. Throughout the process the young person will gain experience of effective team working, enhanced decision making, stronger communication skills and a solid recognition of the process of taking an idea from concept to realisation.
FSIP provides an 18 plus accommodation support option for young adults in the early stages of independent living in their own accommodation. This service is available to young people who have resided in our 16-18 semi- independence accommodation.
Continuity of support is important when working with young people and therefore we have decided to offer this service only to young people that we have already built at relationship with.
This may be in a single occupancy flat or in a group living setting, dependant on the individual needs and circumstances of the young person.
FSIP would normally source the accommodation from housing providers who are aware of the needs of the client group.
FSIP recognises the need for young people to embrace full independence but understand that the sudden loss of structured support by young people can lead to negative outcomes. This is especially true for those not having access to a supportive family network.
At Fresh Start our floating support offers a higher level of support intervention at the beginning when the young person is most vulnerable. This support decreases as the young person learns and becomes more confident.
Young people would be provided a tenancy agreement and become responsible for managing the tenancy and the home environment.
FSIP provide support for the young person by:-
As well as the scheduled support workers role residents will be able to access a twenty four hour emergency on call service so they never feel completely isolated.
During office hours residents will be able to visit the Fresh Start office for specific guidance when required.