Stonepillow to open a new hostel in Bognor Regis in April 2018
Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives
About the hostel
Stonepillow currently provide a 10-bed night hostel (6pm - 8am, 365 days a year) and a hub 3 days a week (10am-3pm) in Bognor Regis. In order to increase this to 14 beds we have purchased a property in Bognor, which will open as our new hostel in April 2018.
The new Stonepillow Bognor Hostel will provide short-term accommodation and support in a safe and stable environment for 14 residents. It will act as the primary accommodation response for rough sleeping and homeless individuals within the local community. The aim of the service is to provide intensive support to enable clients to start achieving stability and move on to more suitable accommodation.
The need for a 24-hour hostel
Stonepillow undertook national research on hostel provision to identify best practice and found there were substantial benefits to clients when the provision was 24/7. Most substance misuse or offending takes place during the day when there is no support available - this was echoed in recent consultation carried out amongst clients.
One gentleman said: “I find it very difficult when the service is closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and at the weekends. Sundays are known as suicide Sundays but so are all the other days that the Hub is closed. At the hostel, we have to get up at 6:30am and leave by 7:45am. Sometimes, when it is raining, you cannot help but feel resentful and it makes you struggle during day - some people choose to drink alcohol as there is nothing else to do and it makes the time go faster. To be able to have more stability, without having to leave so very early in the morning would make a huge difference. I can’t thank the staff enough for supporting me”.
It can be difficult for our clients to engage in the evening due to the short amount of time between them accessing, eating and going to bed - people are often extremely tired and hungry from being on the streets all day and may be intoxicated. No one should have to sleep on the streets. The average age of death for a homeless person is 47.
A 24/7 service would alleviate these issues and improve the positive outcomes for rough sleepers and homeless people in Arun and the surrounding areas. By providing a 24-hour hostel, it will allow clients to rebuild their lives within a community that they know. This will also be relevant when they leave the project and can engage with the local authority to look at housing options and search for employment.
A 24-hour hostel would provide a lifeline for people like Nick.
Support for our clients
Clients have a dedicated support worker to assist them with identifying the areas in which they need help. We will offer clients a wide range of support in order for them to make positive changes in their lives and engage in meaningful activities. We support them to develop life skills such as: budgeting; cooking; IT skills; numeracy; literacy and various other training courses to prepare them for work and independent living.
We will also offer art therapy; mindfulness; peer support; mental health support; counselling; housing advice; focused recovery groups and a GP service. We also help clients improve their self-confidence, decision-making and build bridges (where appropriate) with families, ex-partners and children.