On Tuesday 10 December, Quarriers launched its innovative Home and Belonging Service to support care-experienced young people and to empower them to turn houses into homes.
The event at Ferguslie Learning Centre in Paisley brought together a number of organisations in Renfrewshire who are working together to support young people aged from 16 to 25.
The initiative is focused on helping the youngsters to create a sense of belonging within their community where they have the opportunity to realise and reach their full potential and make their houses feel like homes.
The new model of care gives young people opportunities to take ownership of the environments they live in through activities such as upcycling, volunteering and engaging in mental health support, as well as providing support to develop practical skills such as DIY or cooking on a budget which will help a young person maintain a tenancy.
Samantha Pearson, Life Coach at Quarriers Home and Belonging Service, explained: “We are really excited to introduce a service which we were able to plan around feedback from young people. We heard about how young people felt that they had no sense of ownership over their homes, and felt isolated from their community – we wanted to bring together a collaborative of organisations who could provide personalised support for young people experiencing these issues. Through our successful Coaching For Life model, we will utilise person-centred planning, help to recognise values of personal importance, identify every young person’s strengths and, crucially, support positive change in behaviour in order to achieve success.”
The organisations who are part of the Home and Belonging team include:
- RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) promotes recovery from mental ill health, and empowers people to build independent, fulfilled lives.
- Impact Arts help people and communities transform their lives through creativity and the arts. They will work with young people on projects including upcycling and creating items for their home to create a sense of ownership.
- Engage Renfrewshire offers meaningful volunteering opportunities which relate to the young person’s individual motivations and interests.
- West College Scotland will provide a range of learning opportunities relevant to the young person’s support need, such as courses in DIY or cookery.
- Renfrewshire Council – Home and Belonging is working closely with the Local Authority to support care-experienced young people.
Home and Belonging supports care-experienced young people who are eligible to receive (or have received) Section 29 funding. Young people should be referred via Throughcare and professionals or youth workers who work with a young person who is attached to Throughcare, should contact the Home and Belonging Coach or the young person’s Throughcare worker to discuss referral.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more or is working with an organisation which could offer support to the young people please contact the Home and Belonging Coach on 07770 117548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org