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My experience with Community Campus

Shanice was on a volunteer placement as part of her Health and Social Care course at Middlesbrough College, she was based in Middlesbrough Support Services for approximately 6 months, this is what she said about her time with us. "I really enjoyed my time doing work placement at Community Campus.  I was nervous to begin with on my first day but it soon past as the members of staff were lovely and beyond welcoming.  My time in the office allowed me to develop new pieces of knowledge regarding legislation and policies that will benefit me in my future.  I was also given the chance to visit the tenancies service users live within, the accommodations had a nice homely feel to them and the service users that I encountered were lovely.  I…
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Generous Donation

This generous young man, Andrew Tierney contacted Community Campus in Middlesbrough as he wanted to donate his saving to a homeless charity. He saved up all his pennies, counted them, bagged them up and brought them into the office with his grandparents.  He said he doesn’t like to see people on the streets and wanted to help. He had saved up a total of £19 which is amazing and we would like to thank Andrew and his family for their kind and thoughtful donation.  We will put this in our Young Peoples' Welfare Fund to assist them when they are in crisis. Thanks again Andrew for thinking of other people and mum Samantha for having such a generous son.  
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Case Study: Martyn

Martyn is 22 years old and applied to our service for housing and support in May 2016.  He had a history of substance misuse, mental health problems and a pattern of repeat homelessness.  He had stayed in various temporary accommodations over the last few years but had been unable to sustain a tenancy for various reasons.  He had terrible anxiety, no self-confidence at all and just having to speak to people was terrifying to him. He moved into a one bedroom flat with Community Campus and received support from his key worker around managing money, motivation and engagement, problem solving, substance misuse and managing mental health.  The level of support has tapered off as Martyn has become confident in maintaining his tenancy and providing his own solutions for any problems…
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NCS and MFC Foundation Project provides excellent support

Community Campus ‘87 would like to say a big thank you to the National Citizens Service and the Middlesbrough FC foundation for providing us with support and funding with homeless people on a project on Borough Road.  In addition to funding and donations including soft furnishings we also had the chance to work with a group of hardworking young people on this project which saw some brilliant results. The National Citizen Service is a UK Government voluntary personal and social development programme for young people in England and NI.  As part of this programme the MFC Foundation works through the summer with a group of 16 and 17 year olds from across Middlesbrough.  This programme includes an outdoor adventure residential and a community residential that helped the young people develop…
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Music Taster Day at St Mary’s Centre in Middlesbrough

On the 21st February 2017 Community Campus 87 facilitated a Music Taster Day at St Mary's Centre in Middlesbrough. Parissa Zarifi from Musinc originally approached us with the idea with the goal of engaging homeless young people.  We at Community Campus saw this an excellent and unique opportunity for young people to try, engage in and hopefully discover something new with music and were more than happy to go forward with this exciting prospect.  This also presented a great opportunity for the young people to interact socially and have fun. The event itself attracted a few young people who took part in musical activities involving instruments and technology, leading one of the young people involved to pursue this interest further with Breakthrough Music resulting in further excellent experiences. This event…
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Teesside University Graduate Intern

As part of our ongoing organisational development we are hosting a fully funded graduate internship for 13 weeks. The scheme run in conjunction with the Enterprise Development unit of the university gives students real world experience and a foot on the career ladder.  We are hosting Andrew Reeve who is looking at the marketing and social media presence for the organisation and he had this to say “The internship has been a brilliant opportunity to expand on my area of expertise in a real life working environment.  It has provided me with a new unique challenge which I have enjoyed.  Additionally it has been an excellent learning experience where I have gained more knowledge and techniques I can use for future opportunities.”.  We are also working with the Marketing Department…
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Virgin Money Foundation North East

Staff from Community Campus attended the Virgin Money Foundation North East Fund Celebration event at Virgin Money HQ in Newcastle on the 2nd of February 2017.  Community Campus are in receipt of a grant from the foundation for a resettlement programme in 2017.  The event enabled new grant recipients to network with other supported organisations to look at the challenges they face in running services in the current climate and talk to previous grant holders about their work in 2016.  Community Campus are looking at gaining broader support from the Virgin staff team as part of a volunteering programme.
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Teesside University – Exploring Homelessness

Helen Cartwright a student at Teesside University approached Community Campus as part of her Journalism course as she wanted to explore Homelessness in Middlesbrough.  We arranged for her to speak to young people who have previously been homeless and to talk about their experiences, reason for homelessness, how this made them feel and where they are currently. Helen interviewed clients, Natalia Gibson, Sam Skene and Community Campus Support Worker Debbie Coffey about her observations in Middlesbrough, experiences working with our client group and the service Campus provides. Please see this link for the video that was produced.
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BSHF Study

Community Campus' work has been highlighted in a national case study from the British and Social Housing Foundation - Community-led housing and young people: solutions to youth homelessness.
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