We provide 14 supported housing flats for individuals referred to us by the local NHS mental health team.
Eight flats are housed within our 24 hour service – with a further six for those who are ready to move on from the service.
The support is tailored for each person we support and the ultimate goal is to help clients manage their accommodation and assist them with re-integration back into mainstream housing.
How we help
Our philosophy is to work in innovative, flexible, dynamic ways with our partners, staff and people we support. We do this by building relationships founded on trust, mutual respect and common interest so that together we can make recovery a reality.
We provide fully furnished one bedroom flats to people whose ability to live completely independently has been diminished through their mental ill health.
We offer support, advice and guidance to re-establish living skills and access the community through a range of activities and to access main stream housing.
We help individuals establish and re-establish key relationships.
Our service also encourages people to take up volunteering roles in the local community. Our Recovery Worker will assist with looking for opportunities in the local area.
Aims of the service:
The service will:
- Promote recovery and enable people with mental ill health to maintain or rebuild meaningful lives
- Provide support focused on achieving goals and agree timescales
- Agree the period for which support will be provided at the outset
- Focus on community participation by supporting people to access existing opportunities in their local communities
- Reduce social isolation by enabling relationships with people outside the mental health sector as well as other people accessing support
- Enhance the strength of social networks and personal relationships
- Maximise choice and participation in service operation
- Meet the needs of diverse groups. Services will be designed so they can explicitly meet the needs arising from age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, disability and the lack of black and minority ethnic communities, including emerging new communities.
The activities we provide form a vital part of each individual’s recovery journey.
Some of our activities include:
- Pool sessions
- Open Space at the Library
- Music and meditation groups
- Healthy eating and cooking group
- Other leisure and social activities
The service actively promotes a healthy lifestyle by engaging people in meaningful activities on a local allotment. As part of this, individuals are given the chance to grow and harvest their own produce, use the produce as ingredients for cooking groups and selling of produce to allow for purchase of seeds and bulbs for future planting.
At the heart of everything we do lies:
- Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
- Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
- Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
- Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.
We are proud to work with various support networks across the Stowmarket community, these include:
- Local VASP team
- Suffolk County Council
- Time to Change
- Local IDT team
- Suffolk Libraries
- Local businesses providing volunteering opportunities
- Young People’s services