West Midlands PCC launches new £150,000 scheme to support young people with mental health needs
A new £150,000 scheme to support young people with mental
health needs is being launched by West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner and BITA Pathways.
Roots for Life will run for a year in Birmingham and
Solihull, offering advice and guidance to 18 to 25-year-olds
wanting to get into work, educational opportunities and
The money will be spent on community outreach workers who
will guide young people with mental health needs who have already
offended or are at risk of committing crimes.
Roots for Life will offer one-to-one support to get into
paid work or volunteering, while also boosting self-esteem and
confidence. It can also lead to training and qualifications, work
experience placements and help with well-being and
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson said: "This is such a worthwhile
"BITA Pathways has a wealth of experience in delivering this
type of support and last year the organisation helped 69 people
into paid work.
"We hope to engage with around 150 people through this
project: that's 150 young people offered a new start in life, one
that could lead to employment, qualifications and healthier
self-confidence and self-worth. More people in work also means a
stronger West Midlands economy.
"We need to break down the barriers around mental health and
offending - especially where our young people are concerned - and
this project will go a huge way in doing that.
"By working with former offenders or those at risk of
offending, we also reduce the number of victims and that can only
be a good thing."
Fiona Coakley, Service Delivery Manager for BITA Pathways,
added: "We are delighted and excited about delivering the new Roots
for Life Project - we are going to help lots of young adults on
their personal journey away from offending and on the road to
recovery and employment."
The project wad launched on Friday, September 23.