LOTS (Life On The Streets)
The LOTS project was originally the streets programme, an idea by Tony Ormond from AVOW to take a group of homeless young people away on a residential training course, George Powell from Wrexham Warehouse Project attended meetings with Tony and Sue Carrington from North Wales Police. It was agreed that a football programme would be run by WWP to engage with the homeless young people.
The first event failed as none of the young people turned up it was that this point Tony Ormond brought down Sam Piper to the project to have a look around, after the meeting WWP arranged to sort out accommodation for Sam paying deposit on a room for Sam to move into.
WWP then ran a football engagement course for the homeless young people organised by Sam and run by coaches from the Wrexham Fc Racecourse Community Foundation this was well supported with young people attending in good numbers.
It was at this point that WWP asked other agencies if we could re brand the Street Project to Life On The Streets and Sam was supported to design a logo for the L.O.T.S Project which he did with the support of WWP resident artist Sharon Jones.
It was then agreed that the homeless and other young people would work on another engagement programmes and be supported to build a house and that the house would be used to provide affordable housing for young people. This is something that Universal Builders had previously done for young people leaving care and it had been very successful.
The logo Sam helped to design has been marketed on to hats and t shirts and we hope to expand the range of products to promote the Slow Build to help young people gain skills and provide affordable housing for young people. Sam and Jack who were both on the original street programme are now working full time on promoting the programme and are now being supported by Kyle Elson who worked on an earlier slow build a flat which we helped to build then lived in for over two years.
If you would like to get involved in the programme please contact Kim Powell 01978 664832
The LOTS Project is a multi agency project run with the support of AVOW, CAIS, North Wales Police, Arch, Clwyd Alun.
When Sam first came to the project he was one of a group of homeless young people. Wrexham Warehouse Project helped arrange Sam’s accommodation and then Sam was taken on in full time employment as a Youth Support Worker to help progress and expand the LOTS project. Sam’s experiences help him to engage with other young people in similar situations in which he once found himself.
Sam has now left the project and we wish him all the best for the future.
Kyle was involved in an earlier self build which involved building two one bedroom flats. One of which we went on to live in for over three before moving in with his girlfriend and son. Kyle realises without these chances his life would have been a lot different and he would like to give other young people the support he was given.
Jack’s first contact with the Wrexham Warehouse Project was through our homeless project. Accommodation was arranged for Jack and then he joined the project on a works training programme. He will be working alongside Wrexham Warehouse Project staff to build up the construction skills, so he can help and work along side other young people on the slow build.