Doorway - Moving on from Homelessness
Work, via our drop-in facilities, with individuals above the age of 16 (and their families and friends where appropriate) who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, exclusion or disadvantage because of their lifestyles, and to support the resolution of any issues they may have with substance abuse
Doorway Wiltshire Ltd
250 individuals use the Doorway drop-in sessions annually, of which up to 50 are regulars:-
Guests have long term complex issues including physical and mental ill-health, learning difficulties, poor life skills, unemployment, actual or threatened homelessness.
Many experience social isolation, chaotic lifestyles, low self esteem and feelings of failure and are suspicious of authority.
Around a third of guests are sleeping rough when they first attend. Many others are 'sofa surfing'
Solution: Provision of activities which help individuals to develop life skills in literacy numeracy IT etc and to gain self-esteem, confidence and a sense of wellbeing through meaningful pursuits and therapies thereby enabling them to move on in their lives away from dependency into self sufficiency via employment, education or training.
Signpost guests towards local support organisations
Raise local awareness of the needs of the homeless & socially excluded people within the local community
Provide for basic needs: food, showers, laundry & befriending etc in a non-judgemental environment
Activities» Twice weekly open access drop-in facilities.
» Doorway employs 4 part-time members of staff and a team of 45 volunteers. High ratio of volunteers to guests ensures individual support when needed.
» Train staff / volunteers to engage with guests and form professional boundaried relationships in order to provide an effective befriending service
Success will be continuing to be able to provide these essential services in the future without any sustainable guaranteed funding. Continuing to attract high quality volunteers.
Work with guests who wish to fulfill their personal potential but find it difficult to do so alone
Activities» Moving On Project =1:1 sessions with trained volunteers/staff which encourages guests to identify life goals and take simple steps to achieve them
» Provision of meaningful, structured, social activities ie Music, IT, Creative Writing, Football, Arts & Crafts to increase skills and self confidence
» Practical Housing Units = AQA accredited modules teaching life skills related to obtaining and maintaining a tenancy. Taught 1:1 by trained staff
» Encourage guests on a 1:1 basis to reflect on their actions and behaviour and so take control of their lives. Encourage self belief & build esteem.
Success will be 25% of guests will have achieved positive life changes as a result of engaging with Doorway each year. We will ensure that they will have a better chance in life.
Effective signposting of guests to local specialist agencies in order to resolve their issues
Activities» Close partnership working with other local specialist support agencies including health and welfare agencies, CAB, Wiltshire Council etc
» Doorway actively encourages other services to attend during our weekly drop-in services. Guests are more likely to engage within our own environment
Success will be the prevention of eviction for those guests with tenancies, decrease in the number of rough sleepers and sofa surfers, increase in the numbers referred to agencies
Promote the needs of homeless and marginalised by means of high quality PR and community engagement
Activities» Comprehensive and accessible website. Social networking media including: Twitter feed, YouTube channel, Flickr page etc
» Dynamic PR & marketing programme which attracts regular positive media coverage. Maximum use of networking opportunities in all sectors incl business
» Raising awareness amongst young people in schools and colleges by contributing to lessons as part of National Curriculum
» Doorway Community Blog which gives guests a 'voice' both locally within the community and nationally through the use of other social media tools
Success will be contributions to the blog by guests who are able to thereby tell their stories without fear of prejudice or harassment. Reduction in the number of attacks etc
Our work benefits not only the individuals who attend the drop-in but also the wider community as guests are supported to move on in their lives away from substance dependency and reliance on welfare benefits and services.
The information reported on the Outcome Star System from 1:1 work throughout the project creates measurable outcomes for the both the guest and the project.
We expect 20 guests to complete at least one module of the PHU's in Yr 1.
We expect 12 guests to complete Moving On.
Governance - Training for trustees, skills audit, recruit new trustees with needed expertise.
Operational - Review aims of drop-in, ensure health & safety requirements are adhered to, review of risk assessments, ensure staff are trained.
Financial - Continue to develop relations with key funders, develop local fundraising.
External - Be alert to local policy changes, & local opportunities
Compliance - Ensure all legal requirements are adhered to, & knowledge of responsibilities is up to date
Funders and supporters will receive an organisational annual report with full financial statements. Website, Twitter feeds and blog are updated regularly.
Information will be made available on request by email.
Budget - Project Cost: £89,199Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £56,498 Staff All staff expenses incl training, salaries etc £6,000 Volunteers Induction, training, expenses, food etc £16,375 Office, Admin, Governance Book keeping, payroll, communication, insurance, office costs, Audit, AGM, business planning etc £10,326 Guest Services & Project Costs Food, activities, training packages, centre rent, supplementary activities
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Reserved funding for project costs £5,813 Guaranteed
Doorway is located in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Although largely a rural county, we still experience the same issues that are found in any large town or city in the UK.
Homelessness is often an invisible problem and unlike the big cities, rough sleepers are rarely seen.
Generally, homeless adults in rural areas have fewer options than those in cities where a large number of statutory and voluntary services are available.
The local community benefits from our services.
Chippenham's population alone was estimated, in 2007, at about 35,000 inhabitants.
North Wiltshire's population is approx 132,100
Doorway is the only specialist service in the homelessness sector in this area.
After seven years of operation, Doorway is now the key agency in Chippenham and north Wiltshire for homeless and marginalised young people and adults.
The future of Doorway has now been secured, and a proper management structure is in place. We have excellent staff with a superb team of volunteers and a body of good practice which has been established over seven years.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
We currently have two Support Workers , an Administrator and a Chief Executive. All of whom contribute directly to our front line service
Our team of volunteers is crucial to the success of our work. We currently have 45 trained drop-in volunteers, aged between 18 & 75.
Doorway works very closely with local specialist services and support agencies including floating housing support,mental health, drugs & alcohol etc
Will pay for a week's worth of eggs for breakfast
I know for a fact that without this service and support I would surely not be alive today.