Month: December 2017

Homelessness at Christmas: it’s time to collaborate to tackle the problem

As most people in the Midlands celebrate the festive season, the number in priority need of housing in Birmingham is growing. Providing a turkey dinner and temporary, short term accommodation is lovely for the day but does not bring about lasting change.  Something new is needed this Christmas.  Birmingham Changing Futures Together (BCFT) is advocating […]

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust’s Liaison & Diversion (L&D) integrates Peer Mentors into service provision

The Lead Worker Peer Mentor service is a ‘navigator’ service, helping service users access the most appropriate provision from organisations within Birmingham Changing Futures Together’s No Wrong Door Network. According to the evidence, it’s the combination of the Lead Worker with a Peer Mentor that really triggers change. Peer Mentors have lived experience. They have […]

From a childhood immersed in addiction, criminality and abuse to an Expert by Experience- Michael’s story

Mixed race, Michael grew up in the midst of a large Irish catholic family in which addiction, criminality and physical and verbal abuse were the norm. An outsider in both the Irish catholic and Asian communities, his path to addiction began in his early teens. By 17 he was alcoholic and a heroin addict by […]

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