Skills for Families - Working with Young Parents Case Study
Project Name : Bromford Housing Group , Emily Gardens, Cheltenham
Contact name : Kealey Broddle 01452 386429 Kealey.Broddle@ bromford.co.uk
Target group : Young parents who are tenants in need of supported Housing.
Gloucestershire Skills for Families: Gloucestershire has successfully embedded Literacy language
and numeracy into Family Learning activities and enabled over 38% of learners to gain National
Skills for Life accreditation
Aim of supported housing provision
To enable young parents or families to develop the skills they need to look after themselves and
their children. This will prepare them to move on to independent living.
To help reduce tenants risk of homelessness.
To support tenants to move on from living in supported tenancies to independent tenancy
To help tenants develop their skills and knowledge to enable them to manage their affairs
Programme of Work
Emily Gardens is purpose built and provides two bedroom accommodation for 7 young families, a
communal play area and playroom. A support worker offers advice and help with:
Budget and money management
Benefit advice and accessing support of other agencies
Identifying and reporting repairs and promoting health and safety in the home
Promoting training education and job search
Social life skills and establishing Social contacts
The Skills for Families Team were invited to meet tenants and through a taster workshop identified
what tenants wanted to do. As the programme was starting before Christmas the parents wanted
to organise and perform a nativity play. Parents were required to organise themselves and their
childcare arrangements, develop plans work together, fund raise, advertise and promote the event
to neighbours, friends and family, put together programmes, timings and scheduling.
After Christmas the group were keen to continue but this time wanted to develop more practical
home based skills and a programme was developed to help parents to redecorate their homes.
This included, painting and decorating, planning, estimating, measuring, costing, and organising
their time and resources.
As Easter approached the group also designed Easter based celebrations for the children.
Literacy and numeracy was embedded into all the activities, and information and advice using
Adult Directions was included. One parent commented ‘ I didn’t realise I was learning and I could
enjoy it as well ‘
Parents are more able to take responsibility for things and make arrangements for themselves
Parents have become involved in the local Sure Start Management group
Parents are more able to work together and resolve issues for themselves
One parents has worked as a volunteer receptionist and is now working with the Citizens
3 parents have moved into independent accommodation, although still maintain links with Emily
Gardens and come to meetings
Parents are more willing to ask for help, and facing up to their problems rather than ignoring
2 parents are planning to develop childcare provision
2 parents held a carousel event at the Gloucestershire Skills for Families annual dissemination
event to talk about their experiences on the programme
The programme was set up as a pilot and the group have asked for a further programme next
term. The next programme will help parents work towards achieving qualifications and further
improve their literacy and numeracy.
The first programme engaged with the mothers, although some fathers did attend the nativity play.
Many of the fathers are working, or on training programmes. Developing a programme to reach
fathers would be a bonus.
The project needs to identify how it can provide more resources for parents, especially childcare
and parent facilities. Parents are encouraged to access resources further a field and the project
workers are seeking to develop links with other providers to include ICT either on site or at a locally
based training centre.
Emily Gardens, Cheltenham, Bromford Housing Group supported housing accommodation