The Project (also known as South Birmingham Young Homeless Project) is a quality assured advice centre specialising in homeless prevention, welfare benefits and debt. Their aim is to prevent homelessness, and improve the lives of vulnerable people. The Project provides impartial advice and offers support to enable lives to be put back on track.
Those who are struggling with debt, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or just really confused by the benefits system and live in Birmingham then The Project is there to help. The team understand what a struggle it can be to make ends meet and how quickly things can spiral out of control and the devastating effects this can have on individuals and families.
The mission statement sums the approach very well:
“The Project prevents homelessness and improves lives through high quality advice and support that builds resilience. We specialise in supporting young people but our personalised, tailored approach is available to all.”
In a very pleasant meeting with Helen Sephton, Project Manager, I discover that the practical support given in crisis situations knows no bounds. From bus tickets to emergency food parcels, from grant applications to replacement birth certificates, whatever a person’s age or situation the staff are there to help when life gets tough.
The Project has been operating for 25 years, and although much state funding has been withdrawn, the Lottery is funding the Project over a five year period, and donations from many organisations will help them survive and expand. Further information is available on the Project’s website
The photograph above shows the certificate being held by Helen Sephton, Project Manager and Nathaniel, a young man who has been helped greatly by the team at The Project, and now helps as a volunteer, and is happy to share his story.