In July St Basils hosted a visit from colleagues who work for similar organisations in Hamburg in Germany and Chicago in the US. The Tri-city exchange has existed since 1999 to share examples of good practice and learning and each city takes it in turn to host.
The visit to St Basils included a tour of the Youth Hub as a multi-agency gateway and a discussion around the high levels of prevention with the young people the focus of this partnership in action. They then went to nearby Conybere Gardens in Highgate where they had lunch and met with young people and the staff there and heard about their experience and achievements.
Jean Templeton, Chief Executive of St Basils also presented the Positive Pathway model to the group and explained how it operates within St Basils and also nationally. They were very interested in the framework as their feedback was that many of the services they have are independent initiatives and not linked within a strategic framework.
Staff also presented St Basils service Models within the context of a Psychologically Informed Environment; focusing on re-engagement with Learning, Skills and Work and the importance of the Youth Voice and Youth Engagement. Staff also talked about the development of our Live and Work models, combining truly affordable accommodation with apprenticeships.
Kelly Tighe from Birmingham City Council who co-ordinated this year’s visit said:
“The delegates appreciated the overview of your service and the management of homelessness in the city, with some totally inspired and brimming with lots of ideas to take home to explore with colleagues in similar settings. This is really positive news as the process of sharing and learning cross culturally is at the heart of the programme’s venture.
I must say that showcasing the work of St Basils in our city was one of the highlights for the Birmingham delegation too; it’s great to have the opportunity to feel proud of our city at a time when criticism seems to be the default position. Hopefully, you can continue to set new goals with the economic/ commissioning support needed”.