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What We Do: From Sleeping Bag to Employment

28/08/2020

At The Cathedral Archer Project, we support homeless and vulnerable adults from sleeping bag to fulfilling, stable lives.

 

For information about how our Project has being working throughout Covid-19 please see our blog on Covid-19, Funding and the impact on our work.

 

Immediate Needs (crisis engagement)

 

Our work supporting vulnerable adults often involves helping people overcome experiences in their past. Childhood and past trauma can have effects throughout adult life, and so we provide a safe and welcoming space where people can gain confidence, build relationships and start to create aspirations that will help them move away from homelessness and create their own stable and fulfilling life.

(Read more about homelessness)

We offer 1:1 support to help people deal with situations and circumstances that need to be addressed immediately.

This includes food and clothing but more often it is help to contact people or other agencies, or simply a listening ear in a time of crisis. 

Find out more about the importance of breakfast as the starting point of our work with vulnerable adults. 

 

Numbers of people we supported in 2019

 

Number of people we supported

Over 1,300

Number of breakfasts we served

17,235

Average number of people we saw every day

70

Number of appointments the nurse held in our medical room

214

Number of eye tests

10

Number of people attended English

266

Number of food parcels handed out

in excess of 1000

 

 

Changing Lives (Stabilisation)

 

A key feature of being homeless is a lack of positive things to do with your time. Using time well builds confidence and self-esteem, it helps to motivate, inspire and improve mental wellbeing.

At the project there are a number of ways people can use their time differently. From an activities programme offering English and Maths classes, cooking skills, a photography group, and art activities amongst others, to volunteering opportunities, where people can get involved helping to prepare meals in our kitchen, manage the laundry and sort through donations.

Our experience suggests that being part of a team and taking on responsibility stimulates further desire to change and achieve.

 

 

Just Works (Fulfilment)

 

At the project our aim is to support people to create and manage a fulfilling and enjoyable life. Just Works offers people who we work with and those from other organisations the chance of fulfilment and employment.

If people are going to successfully move forward from a place of support into full-time work, there needs to be an overlap. Just Works provides this opportunity for people wanting to transform their life.

Just Works provides a supportive environment, activities ranging from yoga to days out, budgeting support alongside employment in one of their micro-businesses.

Discover more about Just Works and their micro screen printing business Printed By Us. 

 

 

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