Laker have supported a pilot scheme in Sparkbrook aimed to support the way new tenants learn to set up home in Birmingham. The House 2 Home Project created by Friendship Care & Housing and Birmingham City Council is the first of its kind in the area, and focuses on teaching people the practical skills they need to live independently. The one-to-one training sessions cover practical skills such as DIY, managing a household budget and how to get online as well as advice on how to find work. Experienced staff from both Friendship and the City Council will be on hand to provide tailored advice designed to help people build their confidence as they learn the skills they need.
Laker offered our general building services expertise during the house renovation and contributed to the refurbishment of the Kitchen, Bathroom and remedial property repairs. Sally Debiage project coordinator and Customer Involvement Officer at Friendship, had this to say “We do have lots of people to thank for helping us get the project off the ground,” added Sally. “Laker BMS, for their general building services………..; without the generosity of companies such as these, the scheme would not have been possible.”
The scheme is widely supported in the community. Cllr James McKay, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Social Cohesion, Equalities & Community Safety, said, “Turning a house into a home can be a challenge for anyone but can be particularly daunting if you’re young and short of money. This new scheme will help and support people with managing their finances, DIY skills and training and employment within a home setting”
Laker are pleased to have been able to support such a successful, well delivered project that is now delivering real community driven outcomes.