Through the various activities we run at the centre, we hope to improve the self-esteem of our homeless and vulnerably housed clients as well as improving the basic skills (communication, working with others, decision making, functional skills and fine motor skills) needed to help them take the first steps towards personal recovery and independent living.
Many lead chaotic lifestyles often driven by alcohol/drug dependency so even getting them to attend the activities should be viewed as an achievement. Over the last few years, the numbers who participate has increased and we have found that even when housed they continue to attend.
Once housed clients struggle with the isolation. Being able to offer them activities that they can attend in an environment they are comfortable with is essential for their continued progress towards independent living.
From our experience we have seen clients transform dramatically in terms of their confidence and self-esteem after attending just a few activity workshops. The afternoon activities offer a relaxed, safe space which often allows clients to open up more about their experiences giving us a greater idea of how we can support them further as well as connecting them to other services.
It is so important to be able to continue to offer activities that might help to alleviate some of the stresses and worries that come when you find yourself on the street, especially during the winter months.
To get involved in some of our projects, take a look at our volunteering opportunities. We have a wonderful team of volunteers and welcome any ideas you might have.