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Droitwich school's urged to sign-up for homeless workshops

Droitwich Editorial 12th Sep, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

A HOMELESS charity is urging schools in Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Rubery and South Birmingham to sign up for special workshops to help prevent youth homelessness this winter.

St Basils, a cause dedicated to helping young homeless people, has put a call out to all teachers to sign up their students, between 12 and 16-years-old, for its Schools Training and Mentoring Project (STaMP).

The programme aims to help schoolchildren realise the sort of circumstances which could lead to a young person becoming homeless.

The sessions help to explain where they can get help and advice to prevent this from happening.

During the workshop, ran by St Basils’ staff, one of the charity’s young residents will be on-hand to help explain how they became homeless and answer student’s questions.

Turves Green Girls School in Northfield have booked STaMP sessions for its year nine students for the past six years.

One student, who took part in the workshop, said: “It was really good, we felt bad though because we talked about what homeless people look like and then the young woman in the classroom introduced herself as homeless.

“It was really shocking, I always thought of homeless people as being on the streets – I never realised it could affect young people.”

Sonya McAuley, an English teacher at the school, said as part of the National Curriculum they studied the book ‘Stone Cold’ which explores homelessness and always generates a lively discussion before they invite St Basils to run the STaMP sessions.

“It really challenges the students perceptions – I can 100 per cent recommend the STaMP sessions to other teachers and schools.” she added.

“The workshops are conducted in a practical, non-patronising fashion and done in a way that relates to the students.

“Our students are asked to build up a profile of a typical teenager and they have to explain what she’s into, what her hobbies are then staff show what could happen to young person if certain circumstances were to arise and how that could affect the young person.

“My students are rarely quiet but they were absolutely shocked by the young resident’s story.

“I knew it had resonated with them as they continued to ask after her many months later.”

Michelle Doyle, STaMP Co-ordinator, said: “With less life experience young people are particularly vulnerable to homelessness and it’s this we need to raise awareness of so if they do find themselves in similar circumstances to our current young residents, they will know where to go to get help, both at the school and through local services, before the situation gets out of hand.”

Visit www.stbasils.org.uk/stamp or call Michelle Doyle on 0121 772 2483 for more.


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