Bradford Nightstop's preventative education sessions give the opportunity for students to explore the issue of youth homelessness in an interactive fashion using individual, paired and group work.
A PowerPoint presentation highlights the facts about youth homelessness in the district and the reasons and effects of youth homelessness are explored.
The Nightstop process is explained and other organisations which can help homeless young people are signposted.
A DVD which includes input from three young people from Bradford who have experienced being homeless is shown.
The sessions also challenge the stereotypes often associated with homelessness and underline the message that homelessness can happen to anyone. Some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding housing issues are addressed and the crucial importance of household budgeting and planning before you decide to leave home is brought home to students.
Each session is linked to the National Curriculum statutory orders for Citizenship and the non-statutory programme of study for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. (Please see separate section for full details of curriculum coverage.)
The sessions are aimed primarily at Year 10 classes as this age group is closest to the age range of the young people for whom we provide emergency overnight accommodation without disrupting final year GCSE classes. However, if necessary, the sessions can be delivered to other year groups.
The length of each session would, ideally, be one hour to include all the activities, the PowerPoint presentation and the DVD. However, the length and content can be adapted to suit the specific needs and timetable restrictions of each individual educational establishment. Some venues choose to lead the sessions themselves, using Downloadable Resources and by accessing the Bradford Nightstop YouTube channel.