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Daytime access to support services for the homeless
To provide a peer-led, therapeutic, and pragmatic environment to discuss issues, have them heard, and to provide conspicuous means of moving forward through effective signposting.
The aim is to provide a service of focused peer mentoring for the residents of a local night shelter. This would be staffed by graduates from the residential rehab who themselves have had previous experience of homelessness/vulnerable housing.
The idea is that this benefits all participants. Service users would benefit from the experience of their peer mentors and from the hope that their own stories provide, whilst the peer mentors would be stepping back into work after a period of residential treatment and upwards of a year's abstinence.
The night Shelter currently provide an invaluable service but do not have the funding to provide access to support services throughout the day time.
This would be an opportunity for anyone with life issues relating to homelessness to access this targeted peer support during these hours for which there is currently no support provision.
This would provide a peer-led, therapeutic, and pragmatic environment to discuss issues, have them heard, and to provide conspicuous means of moving forward through effective signposting.
There is already a successful rehabilitation program largely based on peer-led therapy. The method is transferable, the only barrier being the funding. With sufficient funding, this could be a successful and practical solution to what to do to support these vulnerable adults outside of night shelter hours.
The Council have recently been asking for ideas as to what to do about homeless people hanging around the local high street. A day/drop-in centre is desperately needed and there is the skillset to make it productive and to be of service to the individuals accessing the service and to the community at large.