The relationship between homelessness and mental health can be complex, where one can be both the cause and result of the other. Unsurprisingly, people without a safe and secure home to live in have high rates of poor mental health.
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This week we went to Pitch to the Panel in the Corn Exchange, funded by Greenham Trust. A doctor and specialist from the hospital explained about fatty liver disease. Alcoholism is very common with many of our clients. We find it very distressing to see how the symptoms of alcohol cause such destruction to the body.
We are delighted to report that our new van has arrived, kindly donated by Swift Couriers. This should prove extremely useful, not only logistically, but in terms of advertising and fundraising too. So huge thanks go to Adrian and the Team at Swift.
Sue, our wonderful and supportive PCSO was on duty this evening, she volunteers every week whether she is on duty or not. This week Sergeant Simon White also came in to see us and stayed for most of the session which was brilliant. The police support us and are very keen to build relationships with our clients too.
Often people talk to us about their relationship with their families and how drugs have destroyed those relationships. This person said they know they have broken their mothers heart so many times, their mother has no strength left. Fractured relationships caused more anxiety and stress deepening the emotional strain and depression that they feel.
Some sessions are just filled with incidents that require all volunteers to be vigilant, have lots of diplomacy, patience and prepared to use all the skills that we have to ensure everyone is safe and remain safe. This week definitely kept us on our toes.
A client came in this week, who we have seen transform from high level drug usage to being clean from drugs now for quite a few months. Taking drugs and being dependant on alcohol is usually used as a crutch to bury other issues that are deep-rooted and too painful to address.
We are currently seeking much needed funding for the ongoing development and support for our services. By using The Good Exchange to make your donation, it will be matched £ for £ by The Greenham Trust.
We had 37 people in this evening. We provided meat based and vegetarian soup, Amatriciana (bacon and tomato pasta) and pineapple upside down cake with custard. Jan did a potato salad, which always goes down well.
This week was again quieter than it has been for a while with only 35. Having less people in allows the volunteers more time to sit, chat and support as needed. The atmosphere was jovial, however lively at times, which had to be controlled.
The quietest night for ages this week, with only 33 in. Food went down very well, we had Roasted Vegetable Soup, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Tuna Pasta, and for a nice change we had Pancakes…