When someone becomes homeless, they don’t have the luxury of storing their old possessions. This means when they do manage to get back on their feet - they have to start from scratch.
For residents in Newcastle-under-Lyme, this is where The Lyme Trust steps in. Founded in 1974, the Trust provides supported accommodation for people living with mental health problems, substance misuse and addiction difficulties.
They provide a safe and comfortable environment in which people can rehabilitate. This leads them to achieve independent living - feeling able to manage all aspects of life. Part of this is providing a ‘move-in pack’ for people who are making the transition to their permanent home. This includes essential living ware such as pots and pans, a clock and even a pen and paper.
PICTURED, from left: Debra Anderton, Senior Client Manager at The DPS with Christopher Lewis, Senior Project Worker at The Lyme Trust.
When The DPS received the application for £4,700 funding to provide 50 ‘move-in packs’ – they were sure The Lyme Trust was the charity they wanted to help.
Matt Trevett, Managing Director at The DPS, said: “We are delighted to help The Lyme Trust enable its clients to make a fresh start by funding items that make all the difference during the first few weeks of living alone.”
Christopher Lewis, Senior Project Worker at The Lyme Trust, said: “The packs mean that our clients, particularly those with drug or alcohol dependency issues, will be less likely to experience stress, more likely to remain healthy and have a higher likelihood of a successful tenancy.”
The charity said it will also offer budgeting and cooking advice to clients who are renting their homes and identify further areas of support they can provide.
At The Lyme Trust they have a simple judgement-free philosophy: “Let's remove the myth that it's only certain types of people who suffer with mental health and homelessness. The fact is, everyone has issues to deal with in their life and some need more help than others.”
If you work for or know of any more fantastic charities focused on the housing sector that would benefit from funding, please don’t hesitate to apply for funding.
Applications for the next round of awards must be submitted by 30 June 2020.