Welcome to the new Choice news feed: a space for homeless service staff, volunteers and clients to celebrate successes in their work; and share challenges, information and updates about provision and engagement.
We want staff and volunteers from different projects to feel connected and empowered to share and learn from each other; to develop ideas and new approaches for inspiring and empowering clients to engage in work and learning activity.
We would like your feedback and contributions, so please feel free to share any good news stories, challenges and developments, info, updates, photos, comments and suggestions.
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Contact Anna Muten by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her on 07824 301160
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Engaging Clients in Learning and Work Opportunities
Wednesday 11 April 2018 from 9.30am to 4.30pm
Take a space away from your usual work situation in an inspiring learning environment.
Explore and learn about information, advice and guidance to empower you and your clients to access and engage in a wide variety of learning, work and well-being related activities.
Experience a visit to the Bridge Community Education Centre in Moulescoomb, where numerous people at all levels of learning needs have found welcome and acceptance, realised personal value and potential and gained news skills and confidence to develop their future life and work prospects.
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Please contact Anna Muten at email@example.com or by calling 01273 645450.
I enjoyed this session, and always appreciate Anna’s positivity, elastic thinking and the way she can reframe. Even when I don’t agree with something, it’s refreshing to have your thinking and attitudes challenged.
Michael Cowling, Support Worker, Glenwood Lodge Project
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Staff from seven homeless support projects across the city attended the ‘Engaging Clients in Work and Learning’ training on Thursday 8 February at the Friends Centre in Brighton.
The day session covered a range of practical areas to inform, overcome challenges and facilitate clients to access and engage in a wide choice of activities and service provision in the local community.
It included addressing concerns around PIE and work and learning; digital, numeracy and literacy life skills for work and independent living; inspiring work and learning aspiration, working and benefits/rent affordability.
The next training for ‘Engaging Clients in Work and Learning’ is coming soon.
Contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Digital Brighton and Hove
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He highlighted three key areas of focus:
- The Digital Brighton and Hove sign-posting website, which comprises listings and a search tool to find all free internet access points and digital facilities across the city, as well as digital support services such as those to help people learn how to use their your digital devices, get online, complete forms and access IT training.
- The Digital Champions Network, run by Digital Unite. This offers people across the city an online learning and support facility to become confident using the internet for a variety of purposes so that they can be able to support others to do the same. All Digital Brighton and Hove volunteers are trained using this programme.
- Digital Strategy assessments are also on offer to organisations who wish to consider how digitally adept and accessible their practices are for both staff and clients to make the most of online services.
A Digital Champion staff member from Digital Brighton and Hove ran an activity as part of the Engaging Clients in Work and Learning staff and volunteer training on 8 February at Friends Centre: it was a well-received opportunity to become more familiar with digital support services and facilities in Brighton and Hove.
Pop-up For Learning and Work
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An exciting new initiative to pilot some pop-up work and learning info sessions onsite at different homeless support projects across the city is being developed.
These sessions will be aimed at both staff and clients to engage directly with different service providers who offer a wide variety of W&L opportunities, including:
- social, well-being and life skills activities
- careers, money and benefits advice
- functional skills & work related training
- job-searching & CVs
- starting work and more…
Staff at homeless support projects are encouraged to participate in these collaborative IAG sessions, which could take the form of either:
- very low key chit-chat drop-in style interactions with staff and/or clients using resources available (could include internet)
- short presentation and Q&A session and/or
- informal workshop style session.
The format which will work best will depend on individual homeless support services and their client group etc.
Please contact Anna Muten at email@example.com for more details.