We are delighted to welcome three new team members at Emmanuel House, who collectively make up our Wellbeing Support Team. Funded through the Big Lotteries Reaching Community Grant, the Wellbeing Support Team will deliver our three-year project that helps to address the health, social and housing issues experienced by homeless people with mental health and additional needs in Nottingham City. The team provides one-to-one support, predominantly delivered on an outreach basis where they visit people where they live or at local services used by them. However, Emmanuel House offers an alternative location to engage with individuals, in particular those who are sleeping rough.
The project has an enabling, empowering, advocacy and co-ordination role and its person-centred approach is supporting individuals in telling their story, and to express future goals. The Wellbeing Support Team are working alongside them to address and overcome barriers and difficulties impacting on mental health and well-being. As part of this, the team are linking them to networks and activities supporting mental health and also offering continuity, with a consistent point of contact as they move through key transition points. It works collaboratively with a wide range of agencies and organisations ensuring that work is not duplicated and that individuals do not fall through gaps in services .
Since the launch of the project in January 2018 the Wellbeing Support Team has received 65 referrals from 20 agencies and organisations.
As part of the project, the Wellbeing Support Team are organising group activities for individuals and have piloted boxing sessions at Emmanuel House Support Centre. June will see the beginning of ‘Womanuel’, a six-week project for women who are homeless in conjunction with Nonsuch, an international cultural studio and theatre company based in Nottingham. Future group activities will be determined by service user suggestions and requests including guest speakers and visitors to the centre. It is hoped that by being able to offer the opportunities to meet and interact in these sessions, this will help reduce social isolation, anxieties and help to improve confidence and self esteem.
As part of the three-year project, Emmanuel House will provide a yearly evaluation report which will detail the impact of the work carried out by the team so far.
We will be following the progress of the project and look forward to future updates from the Wellbeing Support Team.