Thrive Wins Tender for Accommodation Based Services

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Exciting news to share with partners and customers in Telford

Bromford has been successful in winning the tender for ‘short term supported accommodation’ across Telford. This contract will go live from 1 October and will be led by Bromford with the support and specialisms of the Stay, YMCA and ManinPlace providers: the same providers that have been responsible for the floating support service known as ‘Thrive’ since 2013 across Telford.

Thrive will lead on the allocation process known as The Gateway which will organise referrals and access to the flexible short term accommodation support service. Stakeholders and customers will be involved in identifying and shaping the process.

Lisa Simpson from Bromford said: “We are delighted to announce this on behalf of Thrive partners, so watch this space for more updates.”

Additional information on Thrive providers

Maninplace Estate Ltd is a specialist local provider for homeless people, those threatened with homelessness and rough sleepers. A community enterprise established in 2006 to identify, negotiate and deliver accommodation for the homeless from within the private rented sector, Maninplace works with marginalised groups to break down the barriers that prevent non-statutory homeless people from accessing accommodation, working proactively with people to break down the downward cycle that can exist for homeless people.

Wellington and District YMCA is a specialist local provider of support and housing to young people at risk across the borough and offers 25 units of accommodation in the North of Telford and Wrekin. YMCA has many years of experience of working with young people at risk, motivating and encouraging them to develop strategies, change lifestyles and improve their prospects through a holistic approach to housing, support and life coaching.

Stay is a specialist local provider of support and housing to young people at risk, including young families aged between 16 and 32. Established in 1990 by local churches in order to respond to the growing problem of youth homelessness in the borough, today Stay is supporting over 100 young, vulnerable people and families.

Bromford is a social enterprise working to help change the lives of some of the most vulnerable people across our communities. In Telford and Wrekin our approach is further enhanced by the collaborative working arrangements we have with our voluntary sector partners. These important partners strengthen our overall support offer.


A huge thank you and well done to St John’s, Muxton for completing the 3 Peaks Challenge in aid of Stay :)


St Johns Three Peaks

Ever wondered why ‘Mufti’ Day?

So, I was thinking about fundraising activities for Telford Homeless Action Week (THAW 2015) and it occured to me that having a Mufti Day or a cake sale is any easy and hassle free way to raise some money.  Then I stopped and thought actually where does ‘Mufti’ come from???

… I then enlisted the help of Google and found the following on Wikipedia:

Mufti (dress)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mufti, or civies/civvies (slang for “civilian attire”), refers to plain or ordinary clothes, especially when worn by one who normally wears, or has long worn, a military or other uniform.


The word originates from the Arabic: Mufti (مفتي) meaning an Islamic scholar. It has been used by the British Army since 1816 and is thought to derive from the vaguely Eastern style dressing gowns and tasselled caps worn by off-duty officers in the early 19th century.Yule and Burnell’sHobson-Jobson: A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases, and of Kindred Terms, Etymological, Historical, Geographical and Discursive (1886) notes that the word was “perhaps originally applied to the attire of dressing-gown,smoking-cap, and slippers, which was like the Oriental dress of the Mufti”.

Mufti day

A mufti day (also known as casual clothes day, casual Friday, colour day, own clothes day, home clothes day, plain clothes day, non-uniform day, mufting day, free dress day, civvies day, dress down day, uniform-free day) is a day where students and staff go to school in casual clothing instead of school uniform (or instead of smart clothes in the case of staff). In return, students are usually required to make a small donation which goes to a chosen charity or school fund-raising effort. This is found in many countries where students are required to wear uniform, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is particularly used in this way in state schools.

By extension the term is used in reference to the practice of wearing “smart-casual” office clothing in place of business suits or other conventional clothing. This may be done for reasons of economy, comfort or simply in recognition of an increased movement away from formality in modern society.

So now we know :)

Perhaps you could arrange a Mufti Day to support Stay’s work with homeless & vulnerable young people in the area???

Silver Stay Out 2015 – Friday 27th November 2015, 7pm

The date is set for the Stay Out 2015 :)


The Stay Out 2015 will take place on Friday 27th November 2015 from 7pm outside Meeting Point House.  This year is Stay’s 25th Anniversary and so the Stay Out this year will have a silver theme.


To register for the Silver Stay Out 2015 please click here


There are lots of ways you can be involved in our Stay Out events including help with food and refreshments, taking photos, tidying up etc so if you are able to spare a little time to help then please contact us on 01952 291904 or email


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Woodlands View & Meadowcroft Court Open Day

Come along to an Open Day next Friday 20th March 10am-2pm at the Park Lane Centre, Woodside to find out more about an exciting new development in partnership with TCAT and Bromford – all welcome


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World Book Day

To mark World Book Day why not purchase one of our ‘Homelessness in Poetry’ books for £2.50 and help support homeless young people in the area.


Just email stating the amount that you require.  Payment can be made by cash, cheque or Paypal.


Poetry Book Photo



Introducing Beatrice Webb

Beatrice Webb is our new supported housing scheme for young females.

Beatrice Webb



Replacing Octavia Court, Beatrice Webb has 8 units of accommodation for females aged 16-32.  Applications are made via the Single Allocations Panel.


To contact Beatrice Webb please call 01952 618789

Watch the video of Antonia’s Homelessness Fixer’s Project here

Placed in a hostel when conflict at home left her without anywhere permanent to live, Antonia Weaver is raising awareness of different types of homelessness.

Her story was shown on ITV News Central on Thursday 6th November.

Antonia, who’s 22 and from Telford in the West Midlands, wants to show that homelessness can affect people in different ways, and doesn’t always mean sleeping on the streets.

She hopes that by improving understanding, people will be quicker to offer support to those who need it.

‘I ended up homeless at 16 due to family conflict,’ Antonia explains.

‘I was really lucky because a local charity found me somewhere to live in a hostel for young women.

‘A lot of young people don’t have that opportunity.

‘My Fixers project is to help people understand homelessness.

‘No one chooses to be homeless. Often the young person has no control over their circumstances.’

With Fixers, Antonia is helping to create a film based on young people’s experiences of homelessness in Telford and the West Midlands.

Conducting research as part of her broadcast, she speaks to others her age who know what it’s like to have nowhere to live.

John Green, Director of Stay Telford, an organisation that provides housing and support for young people and families, also appears in the TV film in support of Antonia’s campaign.

‘The project Antonia is working on with Fixers is an excellent thing in order to dispel some misconceptions,’ he says.

‘Young people who find themselves homeless can be blamed by society for their situation but often it’s not their fault.

‘It can be as a result of a difficult upbringing, a difficult family background, abuse, or a number of other factors.’

Antonia adds: ‘A lot of people do take it for granted that they have a home to go back to.

‘Through this project I hope to see more people offering their support and being more generous towards homeless people.’

For more information and advice on homelessness or housing issues, visit the Get Connected website.

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