Helping vulnerable people through whatever challenges they may face, Bromford draws on years of experience to offer innovative support solutions that cover the whole spectrum of needs that are present in local communities.
As well as being established as the largest provider of specialist accommodation and support services to teenage parents, Bromford also offers innovative solutions to older people and those with learning disabilities through our Community Hubs.
But we’re not a niche provider; people (and budgets) don’t fit into neat little boxes and we understand the problems faced when looking to commission solutions to the many issues that vulnerable people face.
Often the problems faced cannot be solved by a single minded approach. For example if somebody has poor mental health, there is a chance that they may also be struggling with drug or alcohol issues. These problems can lead onto budgeting and debt issues that could potentially end up with the person becoming homeless.
Experienced in working in all areas of the community where support is vital, Bromford is proud to offer services that can support people through every stage of their life. To discover more about our current support services, use our Service Search
What is wrong with this? Maybe, in the spirit of ABCD, we should start with what is right and work on your assets, not your deficits. But I haven’t got time as I’m not getting paid to do this, so:
1. Second word in and you are mentioning a deficit. Who defines ‘vulnerable’? In my experience, those defined as ‘vulnerable’ are some of the toughest cookies on the planet. I wrote a blog about how I knew so many women who appeared as fragile as a spider’s web, but how the material that they were made from was of the highest tensile strength of any in the world.
2. First sentence. A sweeping generalisation. (a) How can you possibly know all the challenges someone faces and (b) are you God now?
3. ‘Bromford draws on years of experience’ thus defining yourselves as experts. Experts on what? What is your experience? It surely isn’t as valid as the experience of those ‘vulnerable’ people or as deeply personal. Unless you are one of them. Are you vulnerable? Do your children ever have problems? Do you ever feel like you can’t cope? Are you, in fact, all that different? The news is that being from the same species, you share the same DNA (or most of it). Your offer to us is of ‘innovative support schemes’. In our experience, the opposite has happened. People have been made truly vulnerable by being removed from their community and by barriers being set up. Walls made of judgements, class, tenure etc are not easily knocked down. The best we can sometimes do is to Banksy them up. They are still walls but you might feel better about them and a bit radical. If you ‘cover the whole spectrum of needs’ then you are all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful. What is this presumption based on? Anything at all? A belief in your own omnipotence is a route to psychiatric services if you are on the other side of that wall.
4. ‘Often the problems faced cannot be solved by a single minded approach. Or in fact a narrow-minded approach. Thanks so much for mentioning poor mental health and drug addiction in the same sentence. It’s a bit like writing a Tweet and linking mental health with violence. No wonder you know nothing about those who successfully negotiate life with mental health issues. Why not do a mental health audit of your own workforce and then offer free drugs counselling to anyone struggling? You might be surprised at the take-up. And if you find that offensive, then please see the mirror I am holding up to you.
5. You have linked mental health, drugs, debts and homelessness. I have a scenario for you. A woman with her child is struggling with the rent because she cannot move out of her home which the bedroom tax says is too big for her and her son. There are simply none available to move into and besides, he is in school and starting to do really well after a difficult start and it would be a tragedy to move him. She asks for clemency and gets a threatening letter written by someone in an office over a hundred miles away with no connection to her and her son. Her debt spirals and someone suggested that they go to the Food Bank. You are expecting a sad end to this story, but that’s because you think you already know the whole spectrum of problems and how this is going to end. What actually happens is that she says, “No. It’s charity. I will manage somehow.” She is a member of a church so does she ask them all to gather round and help out? She does not ask them to help her. She volunteers to help them in their activities. She gathers her son and they huddle together in their house, afraid, but defiant against debt, the pursuers of debt, those that are now threatening to evict them and the clouds of depression that are gathering. And she stands up. They survive. Through the deep bonds of friendship they have made by helping people in their community, they get to know that someone wants to swap houses as they need more room. Again, she is struck by illness but because she managed to stay close to where her adult daughter lives, she is able to stay with her to recover. And then she stands up again. All this she did despite you, not because of you.
This is one story but as I go on, I realise that the strongest people are not known to you. You would not recognise them because your spotlight is focused so hard upon their problems that it’s burning a hole in the page. The premise that you, ‘Understand the problems faced when looking to commission solutions to the many issues that vulnerable people face’ says more about you than about what we see every day of our lives.