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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

First Step Trust (FST)

Based at Ardenleigh,  FST provides additional non-therapeutic interventions for all our adult forensic units – Reaside in Rubery, Ardenleigh in Erdington and The Tamarind Centre in Yardley Green.

•    Practical design
•    Business administration
•    Health and safety
•    Painting and graphic design
•    Car valeting
•    Assisting in FST shop
•    CV building
•    Personal development plans
First Step Trust
Services users are helped to improve their work based skills to aid in their self-development. With the intention to help them secure a job in the future.
“FST is a positive addition to our service, offering real work opportunities for service users. FST has provided them with the opportunity to contribute to projects such as re-developing the front of the building, as well as designing and producing the content for information booklets which have been used across the secure care division. Working at FST helps service users gain self-respect, as well as valuable skills and experience, through meaningful engagement. This contributes to their recovery progress, and increasing, their employment options, once discharged”.
- Tariro Nyarumbu, Acting Service Development Manager, Ardenleigh