QHT’S SUPPORT HAS ENABLED PATHWAYS TO REFURBISH THE PROPERTY FOR THOSE COMING OFF THE STREETS; TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A LIFELINE, A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP TO RECOVERY.
EDWARD BATES, PATHWAYS FOR ALL PEOPLE
Many of the most vulnerable in society struggle with addiction, domestic violence and abuse, severe depression and anxiety and need emergency housing. Pathways had a fifty person waiting list for their homes.
Pathways had rented four houses and owned a fifth on quiet residential streets in the centre of Bournemouth. Some were in need of repair and refurbishment if they were to provide the safe, warm, friendly and comfortable accommodation needed.
Providing accommodation is the first step to recovery, from which Pathways can then provide counselling, therapy, volunteering and full-time employment opportunities and bank accounts - a process that typically takes 9-18 months. Once they have reached a point of stability in their lives residents move on to other accommodation through our resettlement program.
In 2021 QHT provided a grant to enable Pathways to replace windows, toilets and doors and to repaint to make the house they owned bright and welcoming. This was especially needed as Pathways had to invest in software and computer hardware to enable residents to attend previously face-to-face activities such as counselling, therapy or college online due to COVID restrictions.
The project was completed in just twelve weeks despite the pandemic and allowed Pathways to open their doors to five more people in desperate need. The ripple effect on families means that this work will have a positive impact on about fifty more people each year.
This project had only a modest cost, which we funded in full, so we could see directly the impact of our work. In helping to rescue people from the streets this initiative also had a wider community benefit as Pathways work closely with the Dorset Police force to reduce re-offending.
Martin Appleton, Trustee-in-Touch
QHT’s support has enabled Pathways to refurbish the property for those coming off the streets to provide them with a lifeline, a roof over their head. This is the first step to recovery.
The space created is a fresh useable area that is also welcoming, and can be used safely, ensuring that we are also adhering to Covid guidelines.
Edward Bates, Pathways For All People
Pathways programmes, counselling and support have helped me to turn my life around. One year ago I was homeless, living in a tent, under a bridge in Boscombe. Thanks to Pathways I have a roof over my head and the skills to manage my mental health. Today I am two years sober and have started work as a photographer and published author. The renovated accommodation is fresh and modern but also welcoming. It’s a great new look.
Harry, Pathways resident