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Raised in a violent household, Joel often sat at the top of the stairs crying while he listened to his alcoholic father beating his mother. He was soon responsible for looking after his two younger siblings. The pressure was intense on the young boy and it wasn’t long before he was sniffing glue and drinking […]
Jess Phillips MP is joining Birmingham Changing Futures Together’s (BCFT) to #walkthefrontline on Friday 26 January. BCFT created the #walkthefrontline initiative to enable leaders and influencers in Birmingham and beyond to experience first-hand the challenges faced by people living with homelessness, mental health, offending behaviour and substance misuse. BCFT is part of an […]
The newsletter for December 2017 is available to download here. Stories include collaboration of services to tackle homelessness, BSMHFT Peer Mentors and Michael’s story.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]