Alpha House Calderdale
Funding round:
2017 Round 1

Alpha House Calderdale

Alpha House Calderdale

We are Alpha House Calderdale, a supported housing scheme co-existing with a recovery treatment programme and life-skills courses for offenders with substance misuse and mental health problems.

We take referrals from Leeds and Wealstun prisons, from Halifax Probation Service and from the Police Prolific Offender Team, and work with our partners to rehabilitate offenders back into the community with independent tenancies and jobs with after-care support.

Thanks to the support of the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund, our Alpha House Calderdale project can employ a debt support and advocacy worker. They will provide one-to-one financial advice and training, to help facilitate future independence in the community.

The funding will pay the salary of this worker, who will improve the financial capability skills of 80 beneficiaries, helping them to gain a healthy and responsible attitude to managing their money.

By improving vital financial capability skills, we seek to help participants manage their bills, budget more effectively and avoid repeated eviction.

Once the initial training is complete, the new worker will then also train six participants to become advocates to deliver a similar service to others.