When the hostel was built in 2009, a roof garden was created but never quite reached its potential.
Now that has changed. The terrace project aimed at creating a more pleasant space for residents to relax. It was also to engage residents in a practical project, something they could create themselves, learn some new skills and gain confidence working with staff and other residents.
Eight residents were involved from measuring out and cutting the timbers, to stopping the wood from drying out too much and then eventually the full assembly of the pergola.
It’s been enjoyed throughout the summer. Our thanks to Aidan who led the project.
Meeting the hostel’s health challenge
YOUR giving helps fund a health co-ordinator at the Leonard Stocks Centre.
Nearly all our residents have complex needs which makes life on the streets doubly perilous.
So coming into the hostel where there is specialist support available is a life saver.
The Friends contribute £15,000 to help connect residents with the support they need.
A specialist drug and alcohol worker is in most days offering strategies to escape addiction .
Three days a week a GP service is offered with a practice nurse on site. A liver specialist nurse visits weekly and has successfully treated nine residents suffering Hep C infection.
Dr Tom, a psychiatrist with Devon Partnership Trust, goes in weekly to chat to residents experiencing mental health problems. Sadly a huge number of our residents have a diagnosis of mental disorder, a reminder that homelessness has multiple causes, layer on layer of co-morbidity.
The NHS Stop Smoking Service has continued to fund Vapes for residents and several have stopped smoking altogether.
Jenny McNulty, health co-ordinator at the hostel, said: “I’m grateful to the Friends for their help. Bringing all this support together gives our residents the best chance of recovery.”
Home comforts and quiz nights
Thank you Friends for helping fund those little extras which make life a little easier in the hostel.
We bought laundry baskets and waste bins for each of the 30 rooms, we’ve funded new tables and chairs for the dining area. With your help we’ve delivered toiletries and towels.
This Christmas, as we do every year, we will help staff purchase individual presents for residents, with a generous donation for each resident.
And, Covid-19 permitting, we will resume our games, quizzes and buffet evenings. If you want to volunteer make contact here.
Moving residents on into long term, quality accommodation, is the ambition of much of the hostel’s work.
To help a move go smoothly the Friends spend up to £300 a person on essential white goods to transform an empty flat into a home. Furniture charities are also contacted.
Last year, your donations funded £1500 worth of move-on support.
Tony’s treasured service
MANY of you may already be aware that Tony Moore, our treasurer for many years, died earlier this year. He was meticulous and reliable with a deep compassion for those living on our streets, rooted in his Christian faith. Members will remember his carefully hand-written receipts and letters finished with a joke or two.
“Well done, good and faithful servant ..... Enter into the joy of your Lord”