Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
The problem: Too many adults living in Supported Housing do not have basic qualifications, or the skills necessary to re-enter the workplace. They also lack the confidence to stay in the job market and make the leap from dependence to independence.
In Brighton and Hove, there are over 700 adults living in Supported Housing, most of whom are vulnerable, and either recent offenders, or recently homeless; many of them are both.
In the UK in 2002, the cost of recorded re-offending alone was £11 billion per year. Each re-offender is likely to be responsible for crime costing the state £65,000, and the cost of imposing a sentence and keeping a prisoner incarcerated is on average £67,000 for the first year alone (ODPM 2002).
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
In a city with the highest Drug death rate per capita in the UK, and with its own set of health and employment problems, our idea is unique because it steps outside of the formal and tradtional methods of reengaging adults Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs). We have begun to engage a set of 12-15 young men, all of whom have either recently been in prison or who homeless, in regular inclusive football sessions - nothing like this is currently happening in our locality.
In 2002, the cost of recorded re-offending in the UK was £11 billion per year. Each re-offender is likely to be responsible for crime costing the state £65,000, and the cost of imposing a sentence and keeping a prisoner incarcerated is on average £67,000 for the first year alone (ODPM 2002).
Thus a cost and time intensive approach, that spends a lot of time with participants in doing non-traditional, non-formal activities, that although football based, in fact promote reintegration in the job market and society in general, is justified.
We initially take a 'hand's off' approach to get participants to the sessions, and then begin to ask the players to take responsibility for themselves, whilst constantly edging them towards football based education and training that expands their horizons, and challenges them to think about the 'realms of the possible'.
In just 12 weeks, two of the participants have gained work, two of our players have gained a Level one qualification, and one of our participants is one step away from representing England at the Homeless World Cup in Brazil this year.
We want to take this innovation and expand it to encompass all the supported housing units in Brighton & Hove, opening it to men and women over 16 years old.