September 29th, 2016

Sunrise Project helps build better future for Bromsgrove residents

Sunrise Project helps build better future for Bromsgrove residents Sunrise Project helps build better future for Bromsgrove residents
Members of the Sunrise team. (s)

MORE than 31 families and individuals have built a better future thanks to the Sunrise Project.

The Bromsgrove Partnership, which launched the scheme in March 2014, has been celebrating its success helping vulnerable people across the district.

The Sunrise Project works closely with families struggling with issues including drug and alcohol addiction, debt problems, anti-social behaviour and school absenteeism.

The drive is being led by Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) with the help of experts from Worcestershire County Council, Bromsgrove District Council and the police and fire services.

When the Sunrise Project was launched the aim was to create one tailored, holistic service to address and identify the root causes of people’s issues, working together to resolve them and preventing them from recurring, rather than having numerous agencies involved working separately.

It has also linked with the Starlight Cafe in Charford and a community hub set up by bdht with funding contributions from the Bromsgrove Partnership.

There they offer courses and programmes in a variety of areas including parenting, IT courses, Pathways courses, time management, debt advice, CAB, sexual health advice, groups for people with autism and Aspergers and youth facilities.

Mike Brown, bdht’s chief executive, said they were aiming to put them on the path to a better future.

“These are people who have been hit by bad luck and they deserve compassion,” he added.

“It’s not always bad decisions that get people there – it can be a turn of fate such as redundancy or bereavement that can trigger other events to follow.

“Whether it’s bad luck or bad decisions, these are all somebody’s mother or father, son or daughter, brother or sister.

“We aim to help these people by understanding their circumstances and doing what we can to support them.

“The world can only get better if we make it better.”