Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler MP visits Solihull Youth Hub
16 MAY 2018

Heather Wheeler MP, Homelessness Minister, visited our Solihull Youth Hub on Thursday 10th May. The Solihull Youth Hub launched a year ago and is based on the same model as our Birmingham Youth Hub. It is a partnership with Solihull Council and Solihull Community Housing and is the key service preventing youth homelessness in Solihull with advice, support and referrals to appropriate accommodation where needed, including our own scheme in Solihull.

Heather Wheeler’s visit was a fact finding mission to talk to our team who have been providing prevention and relief services to young people in Solihull since May 2017 as required by the new Homelessness Reduction Act which came into force last month. It was also to understand how the Positive Pathway model, which we have championed nationally, works in practice. Heather Wheeler MP met St Basils’ team, colleagues from Housing and Children's Services from Solihull Council as well as the CEO of Solihull Community Homes and local partners.

The Positive Pathway is a flexible framework for local authorities and their partners to provide a planned approach to homelessness prevention and housing for young people. It ensures public service commissioners and providers work together in planning and delivering services for young people recognising that safe, decent and affordable housing underpins achievement of other positive outcomes - in education, training, employment, health and safer communities.

Therefore the Minister also heard from Mary Quinton from University of Birmingham about the My Strengths Training for Life (MST4Life) programme delivered to young people receiving St Basils services and talked with a young person about the impact this had on her in helping boost her confidence and self-belief, building the mental resilience needed to pursue her education, training and employment goals.

Jean Templeton, Chief Executive of St Basils said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister and to provide evidence of how critical partnership working is in preventing youth homelessness at the earliest possible stage”.

Photo credit: Paul Castles, Solihull Community Housing