Healthy Homes is a project ran by The Environment Centre. The Environment Centre was given funding to help increase quality of life for those suffering from Fuel Poverty. We have been spreading the word of this to faith groups in order for vulnerable people to benefit. We have facilitated the improvement of housing quality in Southampton helping vulnerable people access funding using connections through faith communities.
We continue our commissioned work but have changed the approach going directly to faith community groups rather than faith leaders. We have been able to speak directly to beneficiaries to promote the funding available.
The Behavioural Resource Service work with children & young people with behavioural difficulties, many who are in care and need supervised contact with parents on a regular basis. We helped to identify various spaces across the city for these supervised sessions to help reduce costs and travel for the families.
We increased the breadth of locations across Southampton available to the BRS for supervised contact of parents with looked after children.
Our multi-faith Safeguarding Network aims to equip faith communities for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. We run quarterly events focusing on a variety of different topics relevant to helping improve Safeguarding in our city.
Only in the last year has this developed to being multi-faith and we want to continue to expand. In 2017 we are organising 2 out of the 4 events in the year to be focused on teaching parents how to safeguard their teenagers and junior aged children in today's world.
This year, we have initiated a working group to discuss Parent & Toddler Groups within the city. This includes key stakeholders from Southampton including Community PlayLink. We are looking at how we can increase the standard of Parent & Toddler Groups across the city.
In addition to this, we have also begun to facilitate a Young Parents Forum. The forum meets 3 times a year to discuss the challenges that young parents face, meet together with other services offering support to young parents and to decrease the amount of young parents that are possibly falling through specific criteria that still need support.
As part of preventative work for Firgrove and the Young Parents Forum, we have begun a pilot programme in a secondary school teaching young people about 'what a healthy relationship looks like.' This is to enable them to make well-informed decisions about relationships.
We currently have one school in which we are delivering the programme to with more interested as well. With a team of 3 (2 being volunteers) the programme is growing rapidly.
Bren, the Centre Manager at Firgrove, gave an update on centre including stories from the clients that they have helped.
All the counsellors are now up to capacity with clients with the addition of a new counsellor, Mary. Recently, the centre has taken their first client who is struggling from giving her child up for adoption whilst another is suffering from her daughter having an abortion.
The baby equipment service is going well but there needs to be a change as to the location of this due to baby loss clients coming into the centre and baby equipment coming through at potentially similar times which could be difficult.