14 episodes

Welcome to Challenging, a new podcast by Shelter reflecting on an ambitious and life-changing service run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together, that helped people with multiple and complex needs out of homelessness.’

Challenging by Shelter Shelter Charity

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Welcome to Challenging, a new podcast by Shelter reflecting on an ambitious and life-changing service run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together, that helped people with multiple and complex needs out of homelessness.’

    Challenging - In conversation with Musician Pete Williams

    Challenging - In conversation with Musician Pete Williams

    Musician Pete Williams, formerly of Dexys Midnight Runners, has supported Shelter for many years.

    Thank you Pete Williams for your support and an absolutely gorgeous song, Road. Download it here: petewilliamsmusic.com/road

    The track has been released free of charge, and those who'd like to make a donation to help us keep defending the right to a safe home, you can do so here: petewilliamsmusic.com/road

    Challenging is a podcast by Shelter reflecting on the ambitious and life-changing service run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together, that helped people with multiple and complex needs out of homelessness.

    For four years we ran a unique and life-changing project called the Lead Worker Peer Mentor Service, in partnership between Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, SIFA Fireside and Birmingham Mind.

    This was part of a programme called Birmingham Changing Futures Together, one of twelve projects funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, to create better support for people with multiple and complex needs.

    The idea was simple and two-fold:
    One: support people with a mix of complex needs, every step of the way. From doctors' appointments to court hearings, to just having a regular coffee.
    Two: hire people who’ve experienced a combination of issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health needs, and offending - and have them support people going through the same things. If you’ve been there, you know the way out.

    We hope by end of the series, you’ll appreciate that programmes like this are important and life-changing. We also hope you’ll feel galvanised to help us keep doing this work, because it’s vital.

    Read the full social cost-benefit analysis of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service shltr.org.uk/ifj

    • 37 min
    Challenging: Some celebrity friends have a favour to ask...

    Challenging: Some celebrity friends have a favour to ask...

    Some of our celebrity friends have a favour to ask...

    Welcome to Challenging, a podcast by Shelter reflecting on the ambitious and life-changing service run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together, that helped people with multiple and complex needs out of homelessness.

    For four years we ran a unique and life-changing project called the Lead Worker Peer Mentor Service, in partnership between Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, SIFA Fireside and Birmingham Mind.

    This was part of a programme called Birmingham Changing Futures Together, one of twelve projects funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, to create better support for people with multiple and complex needs.

    The idea was simple and two-fold:
    One: support people with a mix of complex needs, every step of the way. From doctors' appointments to court hearings, to just having a regular coffee.
    Two: hire people who’ve experienced a combination of issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health needs, and offending - and have them support people going through the same things. If you’ve been there, you know the way out.

    We hope by end of the series, you’ll appreciate that programmes like this are important and life-changing. We also hope you’ll feel galvanised to help us keep doing this work, because it’s vital.

    Read the full social cost-benefit analysis of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service http://shltr.org.uk/ifj

    • 54 sec
    Challenging: In memory

    Challenging: In memory

    Welcome to Challenging, a podcast by Shelter reflecting on the ambitious and life-changing service run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together, that helped people with multiple and complex needs out of homelessness.

    Each year, usually in October, the Office of National Statistics releases figures on deaths of people experiencing homelessness. In 2018, there were an estimated 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales, 129 more deaths than in 2017. The increase, says the ONS, is statistically significant and represents the largest year-to-year increase in estimated deaths since the time series began in 2013.

    Behind those statistics, there are real people. People with childhood memories, favourite songs, funny stories, a certain way they liked a cup of tea, dreams and aspirations. We did lose people during the four years of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor Service, and we wanted to share some of their stories with you; the happy, the sad, and the downright hilarious.

    Read the full social cost-benefit analysis of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service http://shltr.org.uk/ifj

    Thank you for listening, and thank you so much to everyone who contributed their time and expertise, not only to this podcast, but to the Lead Worker Peer Mentor Service, run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together.

    A special thank you to the famous Shelter supporters who lent their voices to the podcast; Benjamin Zephaniah, Julie Walters, Robert Rinder, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Russell Brand, and Adam Kay.

    Challenging was created and produced by Shelter colleagues, Christine Grover, Lee Demetriou, Colette Carter, Tora Soderlind and Becky Brynolf.

    • 29 min
    Challenging episode 10: Now What (Are You Going To Do About It?

    Challenging episode 10: Now What (Are You Going To Do About It?

    Welcome to Challenging, a podcast by Shelter reflecting on the ambitious and life-changing service run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together, that helped people with multiple and complex needs out of homelessness.

    In this final episode wrapping up the series, we ask, now what… are you going to do about it?

    We brought back some people you’ve heard previously on the podcast to tell us what they think could and should happen next. As well as taking in what they say, we encourage you to challenge yourself, and think about what you could do in your life to influence change.

    Read the full social cost-benefit analysis of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service http://shltr.org.uk/ifj

    Thank you for listening, and thank you so much to everyone who contributed their time and expertise, not only to this podcast, but to the Lead Worker Peer Mentor Service, run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together.

    A special thank you to the famous Shelter supporters who lent their voices to the podcast; Benjamin Zephaniah, Julie Walters, Robert Rinder, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Russell Brand, and Adam Kay.

    Challenging was created and produced by Shelter colleagues, Christine Grover, Lee Demetriou, Colette Carter, Tora Soderlind and Becky Brynolf.

    • 29 min
    Challenging BONUS episode: Paddy and Colette, Special introduction by Adam Kay

    Challenging BONUS episode: Paddy and Colette, Special introduction by Adam Kay

    A special thank you to writer Adam Kay for introducing this episode.

    Welcome to Challenging, a podcast by Shelter reflecting on the ambitious and life-changing service run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together, that helped people with multiple and complex needs out of homelessness.

    In this bonus episode, you’ll hear a conversation between Colette, Lee and Paddy.

    Colette helped Paddy out of multiple complex issues, and he went on to work at Shelter to do the same for others. Lee was Paddy’s sponsor. They’ve come together to talk about their time together on the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service, their experiences with substances, mental health and recovery, their childhoods, what life is like now, and what needs to happen to keep helping people.

    If you like putting the world to rights, we think you’ll like this one.

    Paddy and Colette’s video: ‘Keep a Good Thing Going’ http://shltr.org.uk/ih5

    Changes with Annie Mac, featuring Paddy: http://shltr.org.uk/ih6

    Colette’s blog for Shelter: http://shltr.org.uk/ih7

    Read the full social cost-benefit analysis of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service shltr.org.uk/ifj

    If you’re enjoying this podcast, we’d be really grateful if you rated and reviewed it on your favourite podcatcher. Doing so helps ensure this is heard by even more supporters, and even more housing and support professionals, and that helps us in our mission to keep the work of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service going.

    • 33 min
    Challenging episode 9: Tara's Story, Special introduction by Russell Brand

    Challenging episode 9: Tara's Story, Special introduction by Russell Brand

    A special thank you to comedian Russell Brand for introducing this episode.

    Welcome to Challenging, a podcast by Shelter reflecting on the ambitious and life-changing service run with Birmingham Changing Futures Together, that helped people with multiple and complex needs out of homelessness.

    If this is the only episode of Challenging you listen to, you’ve picked a good one.

    In one true story of someone we’ve helped, all the things we’ve talked about over the past eight episodes are brought together.

    Someone experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse and offending behaviour; every one of the multiple and complex needs.

    The story shows client-led recovery, holistic approaches, collaboration, and truly understanding what they’re going through, helping turn their life around with knowledge you couldn’t ever learn on a training course. You’ve been there, so you know the way out.

    For Tara’s privacy and that of her family’s, we’ve changed her name for this podcast.

    Read the full social cost-benefit analysis of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service shltr.org.uk/ifj

    If you’re enjoying this podcast, we’d be really grateful if you rated and reviewed it on your favourite podcatcher. Doing so helps ensure this is heard by even more supporters, and even more housing and support professionals, and that helps us in our mission to keep the work of the Lead Worker Peer Mentor service going.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

HopeB2020 ,

Great work

Great podcast from great people doing some great work :)

Diva974 ,

Insightful

Very insightful podcast on support for people experiencing homelessness with multiple and complex needs. Showing how having someone with lived experience working for shelter made a difference by connecting with those hard to reach rough sleepers and working collaboratively to change lives. Well worth a listen!!