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Activities week run by Tameside charities helps participants find homes to live in

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Published by J.Smith for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Communities and also in Care and Support

Two homeless people in Tameside look set to move into their own accommodation after taking part in an activities and skills week run by local charities and non-profit organisations. Another two participants have been given interviews by prospective landlords.

The ‘Skillshare’ week between 28th April and 2nd May was organised by Great Lives, an activity service funded by Tameside Council and run by Threshold with support from Foundation UK, Tameside, Oldham and Glossop MIND, New Charter and St Peter’s Partnerships.

The twelve people taking part joined in activities aimed at boosting life skills such as cooking and sewing, being a responsible tenant and neighbour, and developing skills for the workplace.

On Tuesday, participants went to Stalybridge to help prepare for the upcoming Give and Gain Day, a voluntary event to spruce up the centre of Stalybridge on 16th May. They spoke to local businesses, encouraging them to join in and publicise the event.

On other days they were introduced to therapeutic courses and to a range of organisations to support them in managing healthy living, financial stability, work placements and volunteering opportunities.

Threshold’s Andrew Atherton said: “Both social landlords and private landlords are increasingly concerned that tenants have the broad range of life skills needed to live successfully in their homes before they hand over the keys. The outcomes after Skillshare week show what can happen when the determination of individuals to turn their lives around is matched by the quality housing support and mentoring that can help them to reach their goals.”

Ed, 21, has already benefited from Skillshare. He says: “It boosted my confidence and motivated me to look at my future. I've got my own place now and I’ve trained as a peer mentor so I can give something back.”

Steve Goslyn, Threshold Chief Executive said: “We believe that equipping customers with life-skills and supporting them towards independence is critical. At the end of Skillshare, we want customers to feel proud of their achievements, and motivated for the future.”

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