Our Chai Community Housing Project offers Supported Housing for up to five males. Residents have access to a Project Leader and volunteer mentors who will partner with each client as they journey towards recovery and independence. Thanks to some successful funding grants, we have also recently run various wellbeing projects such as art classes, walking, photography courses, woodwork and cookery.
Launched in 2017 after work was completed to purchase and refurbish the building, the project offers long term accommodation up to a duration of 18 months. They live in shared accommodation (living space and kitchen) where they cook, eat and share time together. Each resident also has their own private bedroom. They need to be ‘clean’ or demonstrate that any substance, alcohol or drug issue has been managed, usually with the support of a specialist agency.
Our full-time Community Housing Project Leader works with them to develop individual care plans to ensure that clients establish goals in key areas and work towards achieving them. These goals will focus on personal motivation, self care and living skills, managing money, social networks and relationships, drug and alcohol misuse, physical, emotional and mental health wellbeing, together with managing their accommodation and move on plans. This is further supported by structured opportunities to volunteer within our headquarters undertaking cleaning and support for the food bank alongside work experience at our Chai Community Cafe including on the job training in the catering sector. Every opportunity to support clients to secure employment in the longer term will be taken including accessing training to gain qualifications.
Applications to the Chai Community are made by referral and are subject to an interview and clearance process. If you would like to find out more about referring to our project, please use our contact form on the 'Get in Touch Page'.