Opportunity and Change
Opportunity and Change is a support programme for people with multiple and complex needs throughout Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Our programme is being delivered by local organisations working together, with a range of experience of working with people with multiple and complex needs.
We aim to support women achieve stability and provide access to mainstream services. We work with individuals to create a tailored package of support that will assist with a range of needs including accommodation, mental healthcare and education.
We are part of the national Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Union through its European Social Fund. It is being managed by Framework, a charity and housing association dedicated to helping homeless people, preventing homelessness, and promoting opportunities for vulnerable and excluded people.
Below The Radar
Below The Radar aims to support and empower the hardest to reach and most vulnerable women in our local community. It is specifically targeted at those with complex needs and barriers to improving their life chances, such as those who are isolated, have low-level depression, little peer support or are affected by current or previous domestic abuse. A user-defined combination of informative and educational workshops, group leisure activities, accredited awareness programmes, confidence & assertiveness courses, counselling, and one-to-one support is used to improve well-being and confidence, and to ultimately improve the aspirations and life-chances of the women this project helps.
The Link Work - Family Support Service
The Link Work Project aims to strengthen relationships in families where parental behaviour, such as substance and alcohol misuse, compromises family well-being. The project works across generations to facilitate family learning and promote health and well-being. Information and guidance are given on nutrition and physical activity, and educational trips and delivery of accredited parenting programmes.
The Little Links Project
The Little Links Project focuses solely on the needs of children aged 6-11 and aims to inform and support children via structured sessions to cope with the disruption that is sometimes the result of living in a household where substance misuse occurs and affects their health and well-being.
Turn Around – Criminal Justice Support Service
This service is targeted at women at risk of offending and women in the Criminal Justice System to address offending behaviours and prevent re-offending and offering an alternative to custody. We provide interventions across the 9 resettlement pathways and workshops including in-house counselling, basic numeracy, literacy and employment skills, confidence and self esteem skills and group workshops. (Click here to read Louise’s Story)
Around these Projects, Accredited Programmes delivered are:
The Freedom Programme
The Freedom Programme is an 11 or 12 week rolling programme which provides information about male violence to women and is for any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic violence and abuse.
The Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) Programme
This programme uniquely and creatively empowers parents. It provides techniques and strategies to assist parents in building special relationships with their children that provide support and guidance. It also provides parents with specific information and activities to assist them in teaching both younger and older children to understand and appreciate family/cultural values as they relate to the development of social skills needed to function successfully as an adult in this society.
Other Services Include:
- Counselling – Service provided for our service users by our in-house BACP registered counsellors and volunteer counsellors.
- Life Skills Workshops – A range of themed workshops including Hepatitis, CV writing, Healthy Eating, Sexual Health, Drug Harm Minimisation and Personal Safety are delivered in house and via satellite stations across the city.
- Individual learning assessments and structured classes
- Creche - Staffed by fully qualified workers
We also provide:
- One to one support
- Crisis intervention and support
- Home visits and Advocacy
- Pregnancy testing
- Chaperone service
- Therapeutic sessions
- Harm minimisation
- Peer support groups
- Leisure activities
- Emergency food parcels
- Barrier contraception
- Internet access
- Advice referrals and signposting