It’s a really tough time at the moment for everyone as we respond to the challenges presented by Coronavirus. We want to assure you that our priority and focus is on preventing and responding to youth homelessness in the West Midlands. And whilst some of the ways we help may have to adapt, you can be sure that at the heart of everything we do, will be the health and wellbeing of the young people who need our support and the colleagues who provide it.
We have already put in a raft of measures to make sure we can carry on functioning as normally as possible. Some of these measures are outlined here.
St Basils £5 Appeal
St Basils houses almost 500 young people every single night. We’re short of £5 a day per young person staying in one of our projects. That £5 will assist in supporting each young person out of homelessness and transform their life.
Coronavirus or not, our work continues, regardless. If you can afford to help us, please donate now.
We have almost 40 supported accommodation schemes across Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Leamington Spa, Redditch, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall offering a range of support from fully supported projects staffed 24/7 to semi-independent projects and one independent project.
St Basils have a team of Employability Coaches that provide a 5 week Programme to young people within our accommodation and support services. This 5 week course called #YouCan is to facilitate intensive support to help young people kick start the journey back to employment. With a focus of how to get there, through Education, Training and Work Placements in industry.
St Basils young people have developed a set of 12 “youth standards” which will act as the gold standard that all St Basils services must adhere to. The standards are the result of a series of virtual consultations with young residents, held by St Basils youth engagement team, Youth Voice, during the pandemic.
Did you know unemployment disproportionately effects young people? The youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 12.5% and has continued to rise. This compares to 4.9% for over 25s. On World Youth Skills Day we just want to celebrate our #YouCan employability service and all it aims to achieve for our young people.
Drawing upon almost ten years of being a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE); St Basils PIE team are using their expertise to support other organisations to become more ‘psychologically-informed’