- Project Aim
Young adults living in homeless hostels really need healthy activities to help prevent boredom, depression and misdemeanour. Many of these young adults have no one and nothing. Have you ever heard the phrase it takes a village to raise a child? Well we want to become that village and help these young adults address their needs, help change their perspectives.
We want to really help create a positive change and shift in direction for them. We want to show them we care, teach them that they do matter and empower them to take control of their lives.
Why it is so very important?
There are so many young adults who have such a difficult start in life. Children of alcoholics, addiction, the care system and abuse or neglect are far more likely to need a homeless hostel. Youth homelessness is seriously tough. They have really low self-esteem and value, little or no confidence and multiple complex mental health difficulties.
They are likely to use a chemical crutch as a coping mechanism and they are more likely to kick back against authority or commit a crime. Many have little or no formal qualifications, and many have learning and behavioural difficulties. No one has ever believed in them or shown them that they can take control of their lives and move on to live a fulfilled happy life.
Many have issues around self-identify, they can't recognise a healthy or unhealthy relationships (as they have never experienced them) and they don't realise a better life is just on the other side of self-discipline, will power and self-love.
During our engagement so far with these groups we have learned they are at severe risk of self-harm, suicide and serious self-esteem issues, far higher than any local statistics we can find. Many find themselves self-harming or even attempting suicide.
Sadly, each year many also succeed in ending their own lives, whilst living in hostels.
On average 1-3 of these residents on the Wirral per annum suceed in taking their lives and over 60% of them have attempted suicide, and many multiple times. Suicide is now the highest killer of men under 50, self-harm is on the increase and the risks are substantially higher in these groups.
Our programme includes the 'Mindfield' a proven intervention which talks about how the human brain works and suicide, helping us to have difficult conversations.
These young adults have such a lot to give. Many don't even realise yet that through their adversity they have learned so much that is of value. Their resilience is astounding and they will be able to go on to help others if they want to. We want to help them become active healthy community members, and to give something back.
We want to help prevent offending and re-offending, substance misuse, poor mental health, a sense of helplessness most likely installed by the 'adults' in their lives (who are no doubt just blundering through their lives best they can). We want to break this cycle and support young people to start a new one!
Who we are?
Equilibrium North West CIC is a small not-for-profit organisation who looks for ways to identify health and wellbeing inequalities in our communities. We look at what the gaps are, whether these are in knowledge, understanding or in services; then we look for ways to bridge them. We ask people and try to understand their experiences, then look at sensitive ways to engage or help. Our founder Sharon Munroe designed these interventions with young adults and other mental health professionals she said...
"When I was young living in a woman's refugee for domestic violence with my Mum, one lady who worked there changed my outlook for life! I thought it was all my fault (in fact I had been told it was) and this lady said to me "just because they're adults does not mean they are right! It is absolutely not your fault and you are a smart young lady who can do anything you put your mind to"... Eddie Shellcross was her name, and she was right! Her words empowered me, enabled me to learn detachment and spurred me on to realising I could be worth something after all. Now through our little social enterprise I want to reach anyone in a similar position and see if we can empower them too."
How you can help
This funding will enable us to provide substantial interventions that the young adults say they want and need.
Our ambition is to provide a course of meaningful activities to over 80 under 25's in this position, living in homeless hostels and across a number of residential settings across the Wirral.
We want to provide workshops, healthy learning activities, motivational and confidence building sessions, suicide prevention, mental health awareness, and self-confidence and team building exercises. Along with education sessions we will use art, music, science, cookery and other healthy activities and sports to engage the groups in meaningful activities.
We want to give these young people a new perspective, help them set some positive personal goals and empower them to take control of their personal wellbeing, change their inner dialogue and open new pathways and prospects for them to consider.
The difference you will make
Your support for this project can seriously help to nurture people for a lasting positive impact and it can alter the path someone takes. The right thing, said at the right time, for someone who really needs it, can be transformative and totally life changing. This is our opportunity to empower those who truly need it most, before it becomes too late!
We know that every single human being has something so awesome, special and different about them, that all of us including you are amazing at doing something better than your peers, that we want to ensure everyone knows that!
Life is so strange; we are all unique and yet typically text book at the same time. We all need purpose and to feel we belong, no matter where we are from. We all need love and connection, something many may be lacking in this scenario.
Through this project you too can be part of the village that helps raise these awesome young people, helping to provide support they've never had before. You can help us inspire and motivate permanent changes.
Every single donation will make an amazing difference to us it is a step towards an amazing goal, one that will transform lives. We appreciate your time in reading this and we would love to invite you to be part of our village of support. Please also do share with your networks, families, friends and partnership organisations. Let's show these young adults society does care and we want to make a difference, thank you!