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Bromford awarded three-year contract for young families scheme in Sandwell

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Sandwell Council has awarded social business Bromford a new three-year contract to continue to support young families at its scheme in Sandwell, West Midlands.

The scheme in Hobart Road, Tipton, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, offers nine flats where families can stay for up to two years. Supporting parents aged 16 to 29 for the last ten years, Bromford helps with parenting skills and offers advice on how to get into work and education.

Bromford works with key agencies to offer support including Tipton SureStart, Brook, Family Nurse Partnership and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Last year was a real success working with 12 families in total, seven single parents and five couples ranging in age from 17 to 24.

Bromford support worker, Emily Hill said: “Hobart Road has been so successful because of partnership working with commissioners, other agencies and all the events we do.

“Couples and single parents also benefit from activities such as growing their own vegetables, weekly arts and crafts classes and we’ve recently organised pampering sessions for the young mums who make up the majority of our customers.”

Frankie Higgins, Vulnerable People Housing Service Manager at Sandwell council said: “The supported housing for young families provided at Hobart Road has proved to be a valuable provision to help young homeless people with children to access high-quality accommodation and support to prepare for independent living.”

Case studies:

Joanne, aged 23, came to Hobart Road with her baby girl and partner but they separated not long after moving to the scheme. Initially depressed and isolated, Joanne’s confidence has grown with help from her support worker and she is now doing well by herself. She is more positive than ever and ready to move on from the scheme into her own home.

Stacey and Paul were on the verge of splitting up due to pressures surrounding their finances and lack of confidence. Paul felt particularly down as he was unable to support his family. With the support they received at Hobart Road, they grew in confidence, their budgeting issues were addressed and they became more determined than ever to provide for their family.

Today Paul is at university and Stacey has a part-time job and they have moved out to independent accommodation.

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