We are a charity in Wolverhampton which opens in the daytime 7 days a week to serve hot wholesome meals to the most isolated and needy in society to tackle the issue of food poverty.
Whilst clients enjoy a hot meal in a safe environment we provide support on various issues and signpost to agencies across the city. We reach out to the marginalised in society who feel they are not excepted in society, having none or little money these individuals are socially excluded.
By expanding our day time provision between 5:30 and 8:30 we can encourage and work with a small number of clients,trying new things and helping them find their passion as a positive diversion from their challenging and current lifestyles. Activities will include life skills, sport, art and recreational activities tailored around volunteers and clients. We will engage with some of the clients at the night shelter offering them a chance to partake in these sessions, giving them a safe place to socialise. .
What we'll deliver:
- A place to be yourself and have the chance to develop and grow.
- A new direction and focus in life which will improve self esteem and well being
- Conversation, interaction with others and new opportunities to express themselves
- Various activities to include art projects, social and recreational activities.
Why it's a great idea:
Life is so difficult for many individuals as they battle with addictions , mental health issues and a perception of worthlessness.
There is no evening provision in Wolverhampton for individuals as they begin to rebuild and reconnect with society and try to integrate.
Our aim is to listen, build confidence, connect service users to professional agencies so help can be gained and in time encourage them to revalue their lives and look to the future with hope and positivity.
We want to offer a small number of individuals a chance to engage in activities which will help them to find a new focus in life, supporting them on the road to an alternative path. Working with a small group gives us the ability to gain a deeper understanding of each individuals needs which then allows us to tailor the support we put in place. Activities will be varied so everyone has the chance to find themselves as they develop new skills and learn a way to express themselves.
Steps to get it done:
- A range of structured activities for six nights a week will be developed and put in place
- Committed volunteers will be identified as well as venues in which to run these sesssons
Our clients struggle with things we take for granted, and suffer challenges that many haven't experienced. Walking whilst sharing a conversation, sitting at a coffee shop with a friend, a trip to the cinema, playing cards or spending time socialising with others can be a space to mend.
We want to give individuals this opportunity to integrate in society and find a way to live. It is so important to give our clients a new approach and for them to find activities which they can participate in and find an interest or passion to release anger, stress and anxiety which will help in time with their wellbeing and mental health.
Pledging just £2 or £5 will go a long way to help improve the lives of those Wolverhampton residents facing difficult and challenging times.
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