Saturday, 4 May 2019

Clothes Rail: Changing Lives Red Umbrella Project

We understand that not everybody may know of our existence and community engagement, so we at GTDT thought it would be a good idea to reach out to those that may not be able to get to our onsite services.

After researching online for organisations outside of GTDT that could benefit from our Clothes Rail events we accidentally stumbled across Changing Lives ‘Red Umbrella’ based on Princes Road L8, when we visited what was once a former hostel.

Changing Lives’ Red Umbrella Project is commissioned by the Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner to deliver a service to any individual, inclusive of people in survival, domestic violence and sexual exploitation.

The focus is to combat instances of violence and crimes committed against anyone within these groups and to bring to justice anyone perpetrating these crimes.

With a dedicated, full time Police Liaison officer, they work in partnership to meet the needs of this group. Their aim is to reduce violence via education of the general public, with a focus on young people and offenders, to highlight the particular nature of this Hate Crime.

I was met by the lovely Shelly, the Service Manager at Red Umbrella and she invited us in out of curiosity to find out more about GTDT and what we did within the community and surrounding areas.

We soon realised that we could offer so much more than our very poplar Clothes Rail. We found that we could offer some very valuable courses to their service users, from basic computer courses to a driving theory course which includes employability skills.

We then discovered a garden area in much need of TLC. So we are in the process of setting about finding a way to help create a space in which the service users can utilise and learn how to grow food, flowers and herbs, to relax and also gain transferable skills.

We held our first Clothes Rail event on 11 April, where we gave away free clothing and toiletry packs, which was an instant success. We will continue to support the Red Umbrella Project and have our next Clothes Rail Event on 2 May. Watch this space for updates on future courses and the Garden project.