Young Carers at Risk of NEET

  The recent Young Carers Awareness Day has sparked much debate about the numbers of young people who are caring for a relative or friend, and the impact this has on their mental health, education and future prospects. #Focus5 key workers often meet young people who have carer duties at the same time as dealing with their own…

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The Journey of Change

A Family Support Worker’s role is not an easy task. It is not until the end of the support that we and the families realise how far they have come in the time that intensive support has been offered. Case Studies are a great way of showing the full journey of where they were to…

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Volunteers healing power of helping hands

In late 2018 The Daily Mail highlighted the Helpforce campaign and ‘the healing power of helping hands’ that referred to the value of volunteers supporting NHS services. In Somerset the NHS Trust has benefitted from that power for many years, especially within their twelve community hospitals.  Across these hospitals there are currently 155 registered and…

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Young Mums Returning to Education

#Focus5 has funding available to support young mums aged 15-18 with the cost of childcare, whilst they take small steps back into education, employment or training. The UK has the highest teenage birth rate in Western Europe, five times that of the Netherlands, double that of France and more than twice that of Germany. Those who…

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Cost to the Councils and Housing Associations

Did you know that on average it can cost the local Councils and Housing Associations £12,000 if they serve a Notice of Seeking Possession (NOSP) to a household? Often, this is because there are significant rent arrears, although it can be because of Anti-Social Behaviour or that the home has not been looked after and…

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