Opportunity and Change
Opportunity and Change is a support programme for people with multiple and complex needs throughout Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Our programme is being delivered by local organisations working together, with a range of experience of working with people with multiple and complex needs.
We aim to support women achieve stability and provide access to mainstream services. We work with individuals to create a tailored package of support that will assist with a range of needs including accommodation, mental healthcare and education.
We are part of the national Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Union through its European Social Fund. It is being managed by Framework, a charity and housing association dedicated to helping homeless people, preventing homelessness, and promoting opportunities for vulnerable and excluded people.
Below The Radar
Below The Radar aims to support and empower the hardest to reach and most vulnerable women in our local community. It is specifically targeted at those with complex needs and barriers to improving their life chances, such as those who are isolated, have low-level depression, little peer support or are affected by current or previous domestic abuse. A user-defined combination of informative and educational workshops, group leisure activities, accredited awareness programmes, confidence & assertiveness courses, counselling, and one-to-one support is used to improve well-being and confidence, and to ultimately improve the aspirations and life-chances of the women this project helps.
The Little Links Project
The Little Links Project focuses solely on the needs of children aged 5-12 that are living in the most disadvantage families in the city.
The project aims to help the children develop resilience in order to be able to manage their emotions and to cope with stressful situations they may live in.
Via group and one-to-one sessions, we support the children to improve their self-confidence, emotional well-being and build positive relationships in a safe environment.
It is important to us that the children can also feel free to have fun, relax and have a laugh while enjoying new experiences.
Turn Around – Criminal Justice Support Service
This service is targeted at women in the Criminal Justice System to address offending behaviour and prevent re-offending and offering an alternative to custody. The service provides a package of group programmes and aims to improve compliance with orders and licenses given by the courts. Programmes include Healthy Relationships, Healthy Emotions, Positive Parenting and the Change Programme which includes confidence building & self-esteem; health & wellbeing; problem solving; communication & assertiveness; and positive affirmations & aspirations. (Click here to read Sofia’s Story)
Around these Projects, Accredited Programmes delivered are:
The Freedom Programme
The Freedom Programme is a 12 week rolling programme which provides information about male violence to women and is for any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic violence and abuse.
The Postitive Parenting Programme
Our Postivive parenting courses are a 6 week programme and aim to increase skills as a parent and confidence and help give practical tools to improve relationships with children. We are running an early years course which is for people with children aged 0-5 and primary years course focussed on children aged 6-11. We aim to cover sessions on children's needs, appropriate play and listening skills, parenting styles and boundaries, discipline and safety. The courses have been written by Care For the Family and are run by qualified facilitators
Other Services Include:
- Counselling – Service provided for our service users by our in-house BACP registered counsellors and volunteer counsellors.
- Life Skills Workshops – A range of themed workshops including Hepatitis, CV writing, Healthy Eating, Sexual Health, Drug Harm Minimisation and Personal Safety are delivered in house and via satellite stations across the city.
- Individual learning assessments and structured classes
- Creche - Staffed by fully qualified workers
We also provide:
- One to one crisis intervention and support
- Home visits and Advocacy
- Pregnancy testing
- Sexual Health Screening
- Chaperone service
- Therapeutic sessions
- Harm minimisation
- Peer support groups
- Leisure activities
- Emergency food parcels
- Barrier contraception
- Internet access
- Advice referrals and signposting
- Legal Advice Surgery
- Life Skills workshops
- DW&P Benefit / Assessment Advice Clinic
- Entry Level Maths and English