Assisi offers supported housing and resettlement to current and ex service men in
The charity is developing a samba group, with saxophone lessons, as a social and
creative experience. Participants will have the chance to gain a greater understanding
of, music and musical instruments, by listening to music, creating sounds, and developing
timing and rhythm skills.
The project will boost mental and physical well being, including social skills, confidence
and self esteem.
Artworks Creative Communities
Artworks in Bradford delivers arts projects to engage hard to reach and disadvantaged
people, and boost regeneration of the community. They are currently delivering two
projects throughthe Transformation Fund:
Healthy Living Project: aims to empower and inspire homeless people to provide alternative
ways of looking after themselves through healthy eating, gaining skills in growing
plants and vegetables. Learning will be recorded by designing and creating mosaics.
Image Project: Photography will be used as a means of creative expression. The photos
will be published in a book and distributed throughout West Yorkshire. Participants
will gain self perception, an understanding of control over their own lives, and
empowerment to influence the outside world. Other transferable life skills include
team working, making decisions and presentation skills.
Bradford Alliance on Community Care (BACC)
BACC works with disadvantaged groups, including homeless people, on community development
in Bradford. Clients are involved in the planning and development of services. BACC
is developing two projects with the Transformation Fund:
Away Day: a visit to a cultural venue will form the basis for learning to work as
a team and representing others, developing skills and confidence, and an understanding
of the roles and responsibilities of representation, including involvement in strategic
Creative Engagement: clients will organise a meeting to promote the results of a
poetry competition for homeless people, including a presentation of work, with an
aim to influence and improve services for homeless people.Skills learnt in presentation
and campaigning will then be used in attendance at a Homeless Link conference.
Bradford AFC Community Foundation
This charity uses football to improve health, increase participation in sport, and
build social inclusion, benefiting children and adults in disadvantaged communities.
Their Transformation Fund project will teach new skills through football to people
who are homeless and vulnerably housed, including team work, coaching skills, interdependence,
tolerance and self confidence, and inspire further training.
Create provides work experience and employment to former homeless adults in Leeds,
with skills training in IT, literacy, numeracy, money management and food hygiene.
Skills and experience gained enables clients to build their CVs, to gain secure paid
Their new project in Media Literacy Training will create opportunities for vulnerable
adults to gain knowledge and skills in planning and producing films, whilst developing
an understanding of personal experiences of homelessness and worklessness. Value
will be placed on enterprise endeavour and community cohesion, raising aspirations
and motivation, and improving employability. Skills learnt will include IT, planning,
team work, communication and film making.
English Churches Housing Group Ltd (ECHG)
ECHG provides supported and sheltered housing across England for a vulnerable homeless
people, including those with mental health issues, substance misuse and disabilities.
Supported Housing, Ladybeck House, Leeds
This project will involve a visit to the ECHG Garden of the Year in Derby and RHS
market gardens. Clients will learn to grow produce and reduce their carbon footprint.
Plot development will develop design, IT and joinery skills. Participants will also
develop communication, team work, numeracy and budgeting knowledge, and food hygiene
and team work skills, which will be useful for further education and employment.
Supported Housing, Riverside, Wakefield
A three day activity based residential course will introduce clients to activities
such as kayaking, raft building, rock climbing and gorge walking. This will build
confidence and improve team building, problem solving and interpersonal skills, leading
to an improved CV and employability.
‘Our staff and coaches have really enjoyed this work, and one participant made the
decision to give up drugs in order to keep on with football!’
Paula Helliwell, BCCF
‘The films produced were a great achievement for the individuals involved.’
Jo Warmington, Create
"The trip to Carlton Lodge was a great experience.”
. “We learned to team build and meet new tenants.”
“We learned new skills and some of us overcame our fears." ‘