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Edge Hill University

Placement Handbook

Family & Community Wellbeing

Roz Power – Placements Coordinator (Applied Health & Social Care) 2018-2019


Placement Handbook Family & Community Wellbeing Dear Student, During each year of your programme, you are required to complete a practice module. Your placement must be a minimum of 20 full working days (or 120 hours) in a setting related to your studies. The University currently has a number of placement opportunities specifically suited to your programme; all settings are audited to ensure they’re suitable for student learning. This document shows information about these placements, including details of the organisation and what the placement entails. Once you have read over the details of the placements, please complete the final page of this booklet and return it to me. This is an opportunity to let us know your TWO preferred placements. Additionally, please include any further information if you consider yourself to have a disability or long-term health condition that may impact on achieving your practice outcomes. Once completed, please return the form via email (Roz.Power@edgehill.ac.uk) or you can drop it into me at the Faculty of Health. If you have an alternative suggestion for a placement, you are welcome to share ideas with us, however it is important to note that someone from Edge Hill University must complete an audit before verifying it as a suitable placement. To ensure you’re fully supported during your placement, you can contact either Ellie Smith or Roz Power on the details below with any queries you might have. We are both based in the Faculty of Health & Social Care; please feel free to catch us for a chat if you’re around! This is a fantastic chance to gain invaluable work based learning experience within an area of work related to your studies so please make the most of this opportunity. Ellie Smith Practice Education Lecturer – Applied Health & Social Care Ellie.Smith@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695 650 776

Roz Power Placement Coordinator – Applied Health & Social Care Roz.Power@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695 650 721


Placement

Location

Brief

ADHD Foundation

Liverpool, Merseyside

Supporting children, adults and their families affected by ADHD

Age Concern (Liverpool & Sefton)

Clubmoor, Merseyside

Public health promotion to deprived communities

Artz Centre

Skelmersdale, Lancashire

Birchwood Centre

Skelmersdale, Lancashire

Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Embrace Wigan & Leigh

Wigan, Lancashire

Faiths4Change

Liverpool, Merseyside

Lancashire Sport Partnership

Preston, Lancashire

Lancashire Women’s Centre

Preston, Lancashire

Metanoeo Academy

Birkenhead, Cheshire

MOWLL

Liverpool, Merseyside

North Birkenhead Development Trust

Birkenhead, Cheshire

Offering local children & young people the chance to get involved in drama, dance, music, photography and digital recording Supporting young people between the ages of 13 – 25 to prevent homelessness and improve wellbeing Supporting a variety of projects and schemes delivered by one of the biggest youth clubs in the country Assisting people with any disability of any age to ensure they have a voice to be heard, a life to live and a community that values them. Bringing together communities and people of different faiths to connect the health and wellbeing of people and the environment across the North West. Engaging with local communities and schools to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Facility supporting women in the local area with mental & emotional wellbeing, community wellbeing, employment etc. Providing Life Coaching to individuals who are at risk of homelessness, unemployment and isolation Organisation dedicated to promoting social inclusion for those with learning disabilities, mental health issues & acquired brain injury Supporting the various projects that run from the Community Centre


Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre

St Andrew’s Community Network

The Brick Project

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral

Southport, Merseyside

Clubmoor, Merseyside

St Andrew’s provides support to vulnerable local people via a range of projects

Wigan, Greater Manchester

Supporting homeless people in particular those who are dependent on drugs/alcohol

Birkenhead, Wirral

Working with women who have been involved in the criminal justice system

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link / Wigan & Leigh Young Carers

Wigan, Lancashire

Wigan Youth Zone

Wigan, Lancashire

Wirral Mencap

Birkenhead, Wirral

Wirral Youth Zone

YMCA Wirral

Supporting a small charity that offers a free, independent and confidential advocacy service to people aged 60 and over

This is a joint placement working on projects with both the pensioners link and the young carers group The Youth Zone is open to all young people across Wigan aged from 8 to 21, striving to offer something for everyone, regardless of their interests or abilities. Helping to promote equality for people with a learning disability; providing support to them & their families

Birkenhead, Cheshire

Supporting with activities and sessions running for children and young people who use The Hive facilities

Birkenhead, Cheshire

Homeless hostel supporting those with addictions and/or mental health issues


Organisation The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improving emotional wellbeing, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD, ASD and related learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Irlen’s Syndrome, dyscalculia and Tourette’s Syndrome. They also provide training for GP’s, Teachers, Social Care agencies and other professionals, raising awareness to bring about positive change and inclusion in mental health, education and employment. Placement Information This placement is ideal for students who would like to gain more experience and a wider knowledge of ADHD, ASD and other related learning difficulties. The placement would prefer a student who has experience or some understanding of ADHD. During this placement, students have the opportunity to: -

Participate in training Work with families & children Support the parent & carer training that takes place on the Wirral

A DBS check would be required for this placement; students are welcome to show their Edge Hill University DBS check. Students are given a full day induction before beginning placement, which include information governance, fire, data systems etc. If you would like to register your interest for this placement, please contact Roz.Power@edgehill.ac.uk – Roz will be happy to check whether there is student placement capacity at that time. Address LCUS Building 151 Dale Street Liverpool L2 2AH


Organisation Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton is a charity dedicated to protecting and promoting the wellbeing of people aged 50+. Established in 1928, we provide a range of direct services which make life better for local older people including advice, companionship, care, support and exercise. Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton offers a great range of services including counselling support, befriending and re-ablement, veteran support and general health and wellbeing help. Placement Information This placement would be based working with the Community Health Ambassador Team (CHAT) delivering public health messages to deprived communities looking at an assetbased approach. These projects are funded by Public Health Liverpool and promote ‘sugar swapping’ for young families and smoke free ‘change for life’, for example. In addition, Age Concern Teams promote 12 week activity projects particularly targeted at sedentary population and encourage walking and cycling. These projects also support those who are socially isolated. Both teams also arrange various events to promote these projects. There is flexibility with what day students can be involved however Age Concern ask for a commitment of 1 day per week to fulfil placement requirements. The cost of a new DBS for anyone needing one would be covered by Age Concern. Students need two referees, which can both be academic tutors. Dress code is smart/casual – this may change if you are involved in an event. Address Poppy Centre Clubmoor, Liverpool L13 9DA


Organisation The Artz Centre is an academy offering local children and young people the opportunity to get involved in drama, dance, music, photography and digital recording. The organisation welcomes anyone from the age of 2 years old up to 20 years of age and currently has 260 clients. It is an excellent platform for further education and also offers a range of innovative workshops aimed at professional development. Placement Information Students are to have an interest of working with children / young people. This placement is better suited to students who have an interest in performing arts themselves or are at least prepared to be involved in the workshops. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop leadership skills. Support would be given with the planning, aims and debriefs of workshops. Workshops run through the week, however Wednesday is a great day for students to be involved if possible. Address Hartland Brien Green Skelmersdale WN8 6QE


Organisation The Birchwood Centre works with young people between the ages of 13 – 25 to prevent homelessness and improve wellbeing. The centre provides supported accommodation for up to 24 months depending on the help each individual needs. Additionally, they provide intervention activities in the community to prevent homelessness in the first instance, mediation and counselling where required, training and developing to help young people achieve their full potential and move on support when residents go on to make their own homes. These services have provided much needed support to over 600 young people in the last three years.

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The training offered includes: Life skills – to help service users move towards living independently within the community Budgeting – to support with budgeting money and coming to grips with home economics, which can often be a real point of difficulty for residents Cooking skills – to help build confidence in making a variety of meals

In addition, residents can be involved in college courses and have the opportunity to develop a portfolio to expand employability skills. Placement This placement allows for an opportunity to work with individuals and families facing crisis. There are a variety of programmes and projects that would suit your placement however the Birchwood Centre asks that students are consistent with what day and project they support with. Address West Lancs Crisis & Information Centre 64 Heversham Birch Green, Skelmersdale WN8 6QQ


Organisation Founded to improve the lives of young people at a time of great social upheaval, the Club has grown to become one of the UK’s biggest youth centres. The Club is there to help the young people of Bolton become the happy, caring and responsible citizens of tomorrow. To achieve this goal, the Club provides a wide range of sporting and recreational opportunities as well as support and guidance for the town’s most at-risk young people. The Club has state-of-the-art facilities for members to use, spread across four locations. Facilities like the football pitches, boxing gym, indoor climbing wall, performing arts studio and Enterprise Zone are busy hubs of activity. The overall membership currently stands at more than 3,500 young people, with activity programmes delivered to nearly 2,000 members every week. Placement Information There are various programmes and clubs that students are able to get involved in including: -

Mentoring Scheme – working 1:1 with vulnerable people (up to the age of 21) Independent Visitor & Befriending Scheme – support for children in care Youth Clubs – 7 nights a week (4.00pm-8.30pm for juniors & 4.00pm-10.00pm for seniors) Holiday Club – 8.00am-6.00pm Football Development Centre – Running everyday on a separate site Inclusion Team – Therapeutic Interventions, Expressive Play, Time to Talk & A Level Playing Field and CADS (Children’s Abled and Disabled Sports) Employability and enterprise Outreach support

To apply for a placement with Bolton Lads & Girls Club, students need to complete the volunteering application form. You can read more information and find the application form on the following link: https://boltonladsandgirlsclub.co.uk/work-for-us/volunteer-for-blgc/ Volunteers are required to complete three training sessions that including information around boundaries, safeguarding and working with vulnerable children. If you would like to find out more about using this as your placement, you can the Volunteer Coordinator, Joanne Gavin: info@blgc.co.uk / 01204 540100 Address 18 Spa Road Bolton, BL1 4AG


Organisation An organisation that originates from the mid-1880’s, Cottage Lane Mission is a Christian service supporting the local community and meeting the needs of the local services and population. Cottage Lane Mission provides a variety of services including: -

AA group Pastoral support Toddlers group Children’s group Homeless outreach worker Dementia awareness group Prevent and support people in crisis Street pastors Befriending team Family worker building support for local families Placement

This placement gives the opportunity to gain experience in all of the above services and work alongside various partnership organisations. Students do not need to have a Christian background themselves. Address Cottage Lane Ormskirk L39 3NE


Organisation Embrace Wigan and Leigh is a local user-led organisation which works with a whole variety of people at different stages of their lives. They assist people with any disability of any age to ensure they have a voice to be heard, a life to live and a community that values them. Reduce Isolation Many people with disabilities are very isolated, the only people in their lives are those paid to be there. This can not only have a profound impact on someone's social skills but increases the risk of abuse. Reducing Isolation really makes a difference in someone’s life, empowers them to join positively within their community and as a result become less vulnerable. What this means for families? It is not only individuals that can become isolated. Families of children with disabilities interact less with their community for many different reasons, feel that they cannot access mainstream activities and this has a profound impression on their lives. How can Embrace help? Embrace aims to get people with disabilities and their families back into a society that values them. Inclusive events and activities, training and advocacy support are just a number of ways we can start to bring people together... Peer friendships are formed, romances kindled and parents/carers have a break from their caring roles. Placement Information On placement with Embrace, you would complete ‘Community Connecting Training’. You can be involved in assessments, the measuring of social values and also matching local services to people in the community. You would be involved in the befriending service and provide emotional support. Embrace prefer students to have their own transport. You would need to take your DBS check. Address 81 Ribble Road, Wigan, WN2 5EG


Organisation

“Our mission is to work in partnership to develop relationships and skills that ultimately transform lives, communities and environments�. Faiths4Change work with people and communities across Merseyside & Greater Manchester. Their projects are about community resilience, sustainability, skills and training, social justice, health and wellbeing, and the environment. Faiths4Change work in partnership as a means of achieving sustainable, just and connected communities, working closely with people of all faiths and none. Projects that run with the organisation include food/cookery groups, craft groups and health & wellbeing projects. Placement Information This placement allows a student to work with the Faiths4Change team across various communities in Liverpool. Learning opportunities for this placement include: -

Planning and facilitating health and wellbeing community groups Supporting with funding applications Being involved in the day to day running of a community led organisation To be suitable for this placement, students are required to have their own transport as community work will be in various locations across the Liverpool area. A DBS check is required for this placement. Address St James House 20 St James Street Liverpool L1 7BY


Organisation Lancashire Sport is one of 44 sub-regional sport partnerships operating across England. As a County Sport Partnership (CSP) they are funded by Sport England, by agencies to deliver specific projects on their behalf, by local government and by private sponsorship. County Sports Partnerships are an integral part of the Government’s drive to develop a ‘single sports delivery system’ across England, and they are the key bridge between local and regional networks. The team at Lancashire Sport works to engage people of the local community and children in local schools in activities. The aim in doing this is to improve participants’ self-esteem and general health & wellbeing. Placement Information This placement is based with the Core Team that works directly with the local community and schools in engaging individuals in the activities they run. There are various learning opportunities for this placement including: - Working with groups of vulnerable people - Working with schools and governing bodies - Engaging with the local community - Enhancing skills of working as part of a team - Understanding and contributing to project work The programme runs mainly Monday-Friday between 8am – 6pm, with occasional weekend and evening sessions taking place. Students involved in this placement with Lancashire Sport require a DBS check. To find out more or register your interest with this placement, please contact Jane Moodie (Project Coordinator): jmoodie@lancashiresport.org.uk Please state the programme you are studying when contacting the placement so Jane can place you with an appropriate team / project. Address 3&4 Farington House Lancashire Business Park Centurion Way Leyland, Lancashire PR26 6TW


Organisation Lancashire Women’s Centres believe that every woman counts. The centres are there for all women, working to ensure that they can achieve their potential, develop their assets and skills and live safe, healthy and prosperous lives. There are centres around the North West that all share the mission to provide high quality, integrated health & social care services to women and their families. Lancashire Women’s Centres continually work to ensure that their services meet women’s needs, are accessible to all women and are of high quality and are effective. The Centres provide a safe, non-judgemental and professional environment, which is female only between the hours of 10am – 3pm. For whatever reason, women can drop-in or telephone during opening times to speak to a member of the team. A variety of support is available ranging from mental health & emotional wellbeing to support for women at risk through to employment advice & guidance. Placement Information This placement is based within the Preston Centre and would entail supporting the running of the services available within the centre, in particular the mental health & emotional wellbeing services. Training is given before beginning placement. All volunteers are trained in the admin side of the business, i.e. answering phones, greeting visitors, using systems etc. Address 31 Fishergate Hill Preston, Lancashire PR1 8DN


Organisation Metanoeo is an organisation that plans to deliver Life Coaching to approximately 5 individuals who are at risk of isolation, homelessness or offending with the aim of supporting them to start their own enterprise. The organisation also offers life coaching to individuals at and affordable cost. Training is fully accredited by the Association for Coaching and enables attendees to become a professional life coach. Placement Information This placement allows for students to work directly with individuals who are at risk of homelessness, crime and unemployment. Learning opportunities for this placement include: -

Completing training in Life Coaching enabling students to become a Life Coach themselves Providing one-to-one Life Coaching Receiving entrepreneurship training Setting up a project involved participants and stake-holders Students do not require a DBS check to be involved in this placement. To enquire further about the placement or to register your interest, contact Dave Wood: dave@metanoeo.org.uk Address 72-74 Market Street Birkenhead Wirral, Cheshire CH41 5BT


Organisation Moving on With Life & Learning (MOWLL) is a Liverpool grown organisation dedicated to promoting social inclusion for people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and acquired brain injury. The aim is to deliver a high quality learner centred approach that encourages personal and professional growth. MOWLL has been based within the University of Liverpool since 1998 and initially housed with Widening Participation before becoming independent in 2006. They are currently situated within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. MOWLL delivers Disability Equality Training and Disability Hate Crime Awareness to university students. They also provide training for secondary schools, community groups, Victim Support, Merseyside Police, Crown Prosecution Service and Liverpool City Council. Placement Information This is an opportunity to work within a health care setting, supporting clients with a variety of needs. It is a great chance to be able to work in creative ways on various projects, i.e. photography, creative writing, IT, music, etc. Wednesdays and Thursdays are the busiest days for activities at MOWLL and there’s also the opportunity to take an asset based approach to supporting clients in setting up their own social enterprise drawing on their particular strengths. A DBS check is required and MOWLL cover the cost of this. Address Eleanor Rathbone Building, University of Liverpool Bedford Street South, Liverpool L69 7ZA


North Birkenhead Development Trust Organisation North Birkenhead Development Trust (NBDT) is a social enterprise and development trust which seeks to make the North End of Birkenhead a better place in which to live. NBDT currently manages the St James Centre which includes Wirral Met College, St James Library, Bidston and St James Children’s Centre, Miriam Place Day Nursery, the Open Door Café and Birkenhead Health Action Area. Within the centre, there are various community programmes including afterschool clubs, youth clubs, education support, exercise classes, reading groups, foodbank (crisis support) and a library. Placement Information Students can be involved in any of the above projects to support the local community. Learning opportunities for this placement include: - Engaging and working with the local community - Supporting resident-led community work - Enhancing communication skills The possibility to complete short courses and training programmes - The potential to lead on particular projects (with supervision provided) Students applying for this placement require a DBS check. To enquire about this placement or to register your interest, contact Eve Barrett (Senior Community Officer): eve.barrett@corganisers.org.uk When contacting Eve, please state what programme you’re studying so you can be matched to suitable learning opportunities. Address St James Centre 334 Laird Street Birkenhead CH41 7AL


Organisation Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre is a thriving small charity providing one-to-one casework. The service offers a free, independent and confidential advocacy service to people aged 60 and over and living in the borough of Sefton and surrounding areas (50+ on the Cancer Advocacy Project). Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre works to ensure that service users are supported appropriately in making life decisions, giving people the choice and control over their own life. The service provides help in a range of areas, from general advocacy to specialist services to support people with a variety of needs. There are also Sefton Older Persons’ Forum meetings where people can get take part in decision making and get their voice heard in a group setting. The service can support people with aspects of life such as remaining independent, health & care reviews and getting necessary equipment. These are all things done through the team speaking up on clients’ behalf, making contact with relevant people and organisations, researching information and visiting clients in their homes. Placement Information This placement gives students the opportunity to work with older people from the community, and on occasion people with learning disabilities and those who are vulnerable. Learning opportunities for this placement include: - Shadowing advocates - Supporting with assessments that look at the needs of clients - Providing practical support to clients Working alongside other volunteers in the day to day running of the organisation Attending the Strategic Decision Making Board - Attending the Health & Social Wellbeing Board Students are required to complete a DBS check for this placement. To apply for this placement or to find out more, contact Andrew Booth: andrew@spacadvocacy.org.uk / 01704538411 Address Unit 15/16, 4th Floor Shakespeare Centre 43-51 Shakespeare Street Southport PR8 5AB


Organisation St Andrew’s Community Network began in 2002 out of a desire by St Andrew’s Church to provide support for vulnerable local people. The church has continued to be a huge supporter of their work and many of the volunteers are from our church and other local churches; but are thrilled that people who do not belong to a church still feel comfortable working and volunteering with them. The Community Network offers hope to people who often feel that there is no hope, whether it is because of overwhelming debt, or the difficulties that living on benefits can bring. This is an organisation that places a high value on each person we support. They are passionate about the local community of Clubmoor and its surrounding neighbourhoods, and that these people consistently comment on how they feel welcomed and cared for when they come through our doors. Some of the people they have journeyed with have now become trustees, employees, and volunteers. The vision remains to respond to the needs of the community. However, over the past 3 years the team has also realised that they can help others to transform their communities too, so they seek to work in partnership with other churches and community groups, and to create models that can remain responsive to local need but can also grow.

Placement Information There is a variety of fantastic opportunities with St Andrew’s Community Network who use an asset based approach in the work they do. Students are given a personal development programme whilst on placement. Students are expected to be involved in the promotion of the organisation, e.g. via social media and community newsletters (sharing positive stories in the community). There are various projects students can be involved in, i.e. with the allotment project or the financial advice team. It would helpful (but not necessary) for students to have a knowledge of the local area.

Address Roscoe Primary School, Ballentyne Road Liverpool L13 9AL


Organisation The Brick Project is a small project that delivers big results for the community it serves. It offers services to people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crises. As its name suggests, it provides a safe, solid building block for people in crisis to begin to construct a new life and become valuable members of society. The services run by the Brick Project includes Crisis Intervention Service and Wigan’s largest food bank. Both are managed by a small staff team but the main support is delivered by volunteers. The Brick also operates statutory tendered projects offering support to people in their tenancies; ensuring people newly homeless move quickly into accommodation and ensuring that homeless people receive good health care and support if in hospital. Staff and volunteers help people tackle the root cause of homelessness, debt, poverty and hunger. Placement Information Learning opportunities for this placement include: -

Gaining experience of supporting local communities Supporting individuals and families who are facing crisis Gaining experience of working with homeless people, many of whom are reliant on drugs and/or alcohol Facilitating sessions and workshops that run within The Brick Project Offering support and encouragement to individuals who could benefit from the activities running within the centre

Address 10 Arcade Street Wigan WN1 1LU


Tomorrow’s Women Wirral Women Supporting Women

Organisation Tomorrow’s Women Wirral is a charity based in the heart of Birkenhead. It is a community centre for adult women aged 18+ and is committed to reducing female imprisonment, offending, and to provide assistance to those women who want to make positive lifestyle changes. TWW offers support to women who may feel isolated, have low self-esteem or just want to try something news. The women who attend TWW are not judged and integrate with women who want to share their own skills and experiences. TWW is open Monday – Friday (09.00am to 4.30pm with late night opening on Tuesday evening until 7pm) and have a full timetable of courses that address women’s needs, including the only female walk-in centre in Wirral.

TWW offers space in a safe women-only environment so partners/agencies can work with women some of whom may not have accessed services previously. Partners include Wirral Met College, Novus Education Provider, CWP NHS, Alcohol and Drug Services, Counselling Services, Solicitors, Police etc. Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company are based within TWW enabling all women the opportunity to access support from over 125 Wirral Agencies. The monthly TWW timetable covers issues to prevent women from getting into difficulties in their lives. TWW are able to provide a series of targeted interventions that are tailored to the individual woman through a multi-agency problem-solving approach. Placement Information In order to find out what volunteering opportunities there are within TWW, please contact the Operations Manager, Karen Horner: karen@tomorrowswomen.org.uk / 0151 647 7907 Address Beckwith St East, Birkenhead Merseyside CH41 3JE


Organisation Wigan Youth Zone is a purpose built, state-of-the-art youth facility in Wigan town centre which opened in June 2013. It offers young people from across Wigan the opportunity to meet friends, have new experiences, learn new skills and access the support they need to develop and achieve their potential. The Youth Zone is open to all young people across Wigan aged from 8 to 21, striving to offer something for everyone, regardless of their interests or abilities. With almost 15 dedicated areas to choose from including our four 40-metre floodlit football pitches, art room, music room and climbing wall – there’s something for everyone here at Wigan Youth Zone. Wigan Youth Zone started with a big idea and some passionate people who wanted to make a difference to young people’s lives here in Wigan, from the very start our members have been at the forefront of everything the Youth Zone does. To keep our activities fresh for members, the Youth Zone team are constantly developing our facility and the sessions delivered – in the few short years since opening Wigan Youth Zone has had over 272,000 visits from young people and made countless developments to our offering. Placement Information Students are encouraged to be an active part of the sessions that are ran for the young people at the Youth Zone. There is great support for students who would like to gain or strengthen their experience of working with young people. Various projects that run include sporting activities (the gym), a girls room where young women can discuss issues in confidence, art, fashion & design, music & performing arts, amongst many other things. WYZ covers the cost of a DBS check, travel expenses and also provides a free meal to anyone who volunteers for 4+ hours at one time.

Address Parsons Walk, Wigan WN1 1RU


Organisations At Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link, the vision and objective is to assist people over 50 with money, friendship, disabilities, feelings and all sorts of different life issues. The aims of the Link are to reduce isolation, help people to maintain independence, stimulate social interaction and help to make information and services accessible. In addition, The Pensioners Link can offer: -

Home visits or phone calls during difficult times Free advice on financial and legal matters relating ageing Exercise classes, art & craft groups, computing & handheld classes, genealogy group, coffee & chat A listening ear, friendship, practical & emotional support

Wigan & Leigh Young Carers is a charity organisation whose purpose is to alleviate the stress placed on young people and their families, whose lives are significantly affected by the impact of caring for a patient, child or relative. The charity ensures to adopt a whole family approach. The organisation supports carers in a number of ways; after school groups, counselling & befriending support, cookery classes & healthy eating, activities and special events. Placement Information Although these are two separate organisations, a placement can be split over the two in order to ensure you can complete your placement hours. Learning opportunities for this placement include: -

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Supporting visits, e.g. shopping and home visits to reduce isolation Being involved in the Homesafe Programme (this allows for patients to be collected from hospital and dropped home. There is a ‘welcome home’ pack waiting for them containing essentials. This is also followed up with a shopping service and phone calls Gaining experience of working with older adults who need extra support in their daily lives Gaining experience of working with whole families using a person centred approach Supporting various activities, sessions and events that run from both centres

Students are required to complete a DBS check for this placement and may require to provide two references. Address W&L Pensions Link, 27 Charles Street, Leigh WN7 1DB W&L Young Carers, Allan Taylor House, 27 Charles Street, Leigh WN7 1DB


Organisation Wirral Mencap is a local, independent charity that promotes equality for people with a learning disability - helping them to discover new opportunities, make new friends and feel valued and safe in their community. Wirral Mencap supports people with a learning disability and their families by providing information, support and opportunities. The service’s mission is to provide services and opportunities that improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and their families and which create a more accessible, inclusive and supportive community. Their work is based on values such as courageousness, openness, honesty and collaboration. A variety of support services is offered by Wirral Mencap including information and support, signposting to various authorities, social clubs and befriending. Placement Information This placement would involve working with the support and befriending services themselves that are offered by Wirral Mencap. The information and advice team offers the following: • • • •

Help and support with paperwork Support and guidance to ensure access to relevant services and to develop good working relationships with professionals. Guidance on planning for the future with information available concerning Wills and Trusts, Care Providers, Housing etc Information on inclusive clubs and activities across Wirral Address 42-44 Market Street Birkenhead Wirral CH41 5BT


Organisation Wirral Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘The Hive’, is a purpose-built facility for the city’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities. The Youth Zone is located next to the new fire station on Bright St, in the centre of Birkenhead and the opened on 8th April 2017. This infrastructure of facilities is based upon our 21st Century Youth Facility Model and young people from across Wirral have access to fantastic facilities for a cost of £5 for an annual membership and 50p per visit. The Youth Zone provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves and enables young people to raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. There are a variety of projects for young people to be involved in and for students to support with. Placement There are various parts of The Hive that require support including the sports programmes, arts, music, dance and drama projects and within the office / admin departments. This is a fantastic opportunity to support a local community organisation in its early developing stages. Address The Hive Wirral Youth Zone Bright Street Birkenhead Wirral CH41 4EA


Organisation YMCA Wirral offers support to homeless people through their high level supported housing services and semi-independent medium support housing services. There are 56 en-suite study bedrooms in the award winning purpose-built facility. YMCA believe passionately in putting their residents at the heart of everything they do, listening to feedback and comments in order to deliver customer focused services. As part of the service, a keyworker helps residents by devising a support plan that is personalised to meet the individual’s aims and focuses on the following core needs: -

Health & wellbeing Education Employability skills Life skills

Within these areas, elements of social barriers such as dependency, mental health, anti-social behaviour or disability are assessed. Action is taken to address these by way of internal key-work or specialised support providers. Service users have access to computers along with IT training and are encouraged to job search online. The project providers well-equipped training and educational environments as well as providing a range of hobbies and leisure activities where creative arts and crafts are developed.

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YMCA Wirral support focuses on meeting key outcomes: Stabilising an individual into a mindset receptive to change Engaging residents into volunteering and ensuring their efforts are full recognised Improving social skills and sense of community Building up employability skills to compete in the job market Tackling underlying health issues Raising awareness of the community and environment Placement

Students must be 21+ to apply for this placement and must have been abstinent from any dependency for two years. This placement allows students to gain experience of supporting service users who often have addiction and/or mental health issues. There is the opportunity to shadow key worker sessions and gain an insight into the plans put in place for residents.

Address 56 Whestone Lane Birkenhead CH41 2TJ


Placement Request Once you have read the placement handbook, please complete the below information and email it to Roz Power (Placements Coordinator) – Roz.Power@edgehill.ac.uk Student Name & Number Term time address for 201819 Transport arrangements (i.e. own car, public transport, lift) Placement Choice 1

Placement Choice 2

*Please note, we will try our best to allocate you to one of your preferred placement choices, however we can’t guarantee this.

Disability / Long Term Health Condition Should you consider yourself to have a disability or long term health condition that may impact on

achieving your practice outcomes please let us know. For further information on the Student Services Inclusion Team, please follow the below link: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentservices/inclusive/ Why should I disclose this information? Edge Hill University aims to offer a welcoming and inclusive environment to all, but you may have mixed feelings telling us about your disability or long-term health condition. Please be assure that the information you disclose helps the University to be proactive and anticipatory in order to make the reasonable adjustments you require. Telling us early on will put you in control and help everyone to work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are in place for when you start. This will give you the best possible introduction to university life. All sensitive information shared between a student and the University is protected in line with the Data Protection Act. Confidentiality is central to our work and the university will not share any


information unless we have your written permission. However, in exceptional circumstances, we may be required to pass on information if there is/are: • • • •

An immediate and serious threat to personal safety or the safety of others A legal requirement to disclose that information Serious concerns about a student’s mental well being Professional fitness to practice issues

Who should I disclose this information to? If you feel comfortable doing so, please include further details in the box below. Alternatively, if you would like to talk through the information in person, please email Roz Power or Pat Hosgood and a meeting can be arranged.

Details of a disability or long term health condition:

Useful Contacts Roz Power (Placements Coordinator, Applied Health & Social Care) – Roz.Power@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695 650 721 Ellie Smith (Practice Education Lecturer, Applied Health & Social Care) – smithe@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695 657 776 Pat Hosgood (Programme Lead, Family & Community Wellbeing) – hosgoodp@edgehill.ac.uk / 01695 657 7017

Family & community placement handbook  
Family & community placement handbook  
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