Train to gain
May 24th 2009
A new training programme aimed at helping people who have experienced homelessness to build a new life has been launched in Glasgow. The 4Front Learning project tackles issues which directly affect homeless people, providing essential life and employability skills that will help them sustain tenancies.
The 'Unheard Voices' theatre group, who have all experienced homelessness, performed the production In Troubled Times at the launch of the new training initiative. 4Front Learning is a partnership between the Glasgow Homelessness Network, North Glasgow Housing Association, Anniesland College and Glasgow North Regeneration Agency. The project is being supported by a ¬¨¬£400,000 grant from The Big Lottery Fund.
It aims to assist people affected by homelessness and who are being re-housed by housing associations, to sustain their tenancy through life skills, social initiatives and training and advice on jobs. Research demonstrates that 35 per cent of previously homeless tenants leave their tenancy within 18 months, and Glasgow continues to receive repeat presentations from people who have experienced homelessness more than once.
There is also a very strong link between homelessness and unemployment, as well as a high aspiration to work among people affected by it. Key elements included in 4Front Learning include support with literacy and numeracy, confidence building, and general advice on how to manage their new home. Students will also be offered opportunities to develop practical skills including painting and decorating, healthy living, money management and vocational skills such as digital applications and art and design to increase employment prospects.