Project Update: July - September
Update from Fiona Macleod
Director of Client Support
Chichester & Bognor Regis Hubs
In the last 3 months, our Hubs have been accessed 760 times. We now have a timetable of activities that take place such as individual counselling, mindfulness groups, a GP clinic for rough sleepers, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings, MIND advocacy, a pathfinder service and art therapies. This is in response to feedback from clients, who are at the heart of everything we do.
We have raised the profile of our Chichester Hub, which is a welcoming positive space and we are strengthening partnerships with local agencies. For example, individual counselling sessions are now available three times a week and we have worked closely with Narcotics Anonymous to offer a specific service suitable for the Hub. We have been overwhelmed with the willingness and commitment of time and resources that other agencies have shown to us.
Chichester & Bognor Regis Hostels
In the past 3 months, we have received 48 referrals for our hostels and we were able to accommodate all 48 individuals. During this period, 25 clients have successfully moved on to longer-term accommodation. Since April alone, the hostels have accommodated 107 people and 56 have moved into more permanent accommodation.
For those who have accessed in this time, the predominant reasons which caused them to become homeless were eviction (31%) and family/relationship breakdown (27%). The reasons people become homeless can often be complex and there can be multiple reasons but these were the predominant factors.
In the last 6 months, we have had 16 new clients move into our Supported Accommodation properties. We also had 18 people move out - 7 of which were supported to move into private rented properties. The others either reconnected with their family, moved to our Recovery Service or were housed by local authorities, so it has been a very successful quarter. We continue to expand our specialist support, focusing on those with complex needs.
The Lodge is our hospital discharge accommodation - which is more long term. In the past 3 months, we have had 7 referrals to The Lodge and 5 clients have since moved on to independent living, mainly into the private rented sector.
The Recovery Service is a 12-bed house in Bognor Regis which supports people with substance misuse issues. Between July and September, 7 clients have successfully moved on from the Recovery Service into independent living or further supported accommodation where they remain abstinent. All are currently in training, education and some are now in employment.
The Recovery service continues to be full with an on-going waiting list.
PLUG – (Peer Led User Group)
A new Stonepillow service user forum has now been set up, which is completely run by our clients, to feedback on Stonepillow services - what we are doing well and what we could improve on. It allows our clients to have a voice and work with us to shape our services to meet their needs and fill gaps we may be missing. The meetings take place monthly and after the first two sessions, we have already been able to respond and make changes for the better thanks to the client feedback. We will continue to encourage as many clients as possible to attend.