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Green work paves the way

Green work paves the way

Lockdown and good weather have helped with the launch of a new outdoor project at a Manchester supported accommodation service which helps homeless or at risk of homelessness young people prepare for independent living and to get back into education or into work.

Residents at Adullam’s Liberty House in Salford were invited to start work on the garden and to clean up outdoor spaces with Project Worker Becci and gardener Kevin.

This was the first facilitated group since the original lockdown began, and so careful risk assessments were carried out and plenty of assurances given to the young people before work started.

Several hours of planning and hard work saw trees cut back, weeds removed, grass trimmed, and paving areas cleaned. Residents put lots of effort in and were pleased to see the difference they had made.

This has paved the way for regular outdoor sessions, designed to give young people opportunities to redesign the outdoor space but to learn about gardening, vegetables, and recycling, to interact and to build confidence to help them prepare for hopefully going to college in September. It also provided good exercise!

Further work on the Big Green/Clean project is planned for next week.

Every young person at Liberty House is allocated their own named key worker who offers bespoke sessions and support with multi-agency networks as a wrap-around service for individuals’ needs.

The service achieves successful outcomes for those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and moving young people on in a planned and positive way into more independent accommodation.

Staff assist with housing, money management, independent living skills, education, training and employment, health and well-being, emotional support and any other presenting needs.  Liberty House is well established in the area and has solid partnerships with stakeholders in Manchester.