WHAT WE DO
Here at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope, we believe in long-lasting change. Where the people we work with are treated as individuals with specific needs and not just a problem to be passed through another system.
With our support and access to a range of therapeutic and empowering services our guests are able to meet their own needs and have hope for a better future.
Read more about the services we provide at The Bridge and the various ways we offer support to those in need below.
The main aspiration of people who are homeless is to have a home of their own; to have a grounding sanctuary that provides safety, stability and peace.
Our caseworkers at The Bridge work on a one-to-one basis with our guests to help them to achieve this. Firstly, by supporting them with getting into short-term supported accommodation and again, into independent permanent housing.
However, we understand that housing someone is not always the end goal and that living in accommodation after being homeless for a long time does not automatically solve a person's problems, and in some cases may even cause difficulties that weren't previously there.
This is why our door remains open even after our guests are housed and why we continue to support our guests for as long as it is needed, enabling them to make long-lasting positive changes to their lives.
Here at The Bridge, people are treated as individuals who can decide their own futures and choose their own support.
The Hope Centre provides a safe space for people to meet basic needs such as washing and drying clothes, showering, accessing WIFI and eating a hot meal.
Our caseworkers are also on hand to advise our guests on housing, benefit and EU Settlement Scheme applications, and can reconnect them with a GP or Dentist as well as refer them to mental health and well-being support.
All of the services we provide at The Bridge are individually created and individually realised, designed to be non-judgmental, strength-based and empowering.
Companionship and being part of a community are both vital components to the happiness and psychological wellbeing of a person.
However, people who are homeless often feel stigmatised and disregarded by their community, facing discrimination and exclusion because of their housing status.
Our Hub and Community Café at The Bridge enable our guests to integrate with their local community and socialise with others in a warm and welcoming environment.
Those who visit us can also enjoy a wide range of therapeutic sessions, connect with our partner organisations, and access fantastic skill-building and learning opportunities, all of which play such an integral part in the improvement of their mental health and wellbeing.
Personal growth and development is the foundation of mental health and physical wellbeing. Providing both the incentive and the means to become the best possible version of oneself and to seek happiness.
Yet, when a person becomes homeless, personal growth can often fall by the wayside and all of the sources that can help a person to grow may become lost in the trauma of living without a home.
Our incredible range of therapeutic practices at The Hub including Music, Art, Cooking, Sports, and Outdoor Therapy empower our guests and help them to build confidence, express thoughts and feelings, and increase emotional resilience; enabling them to believe in themselves and visualise a future full of possibilities once again.
Being homeless can be a very dark and lonely place to be and at times, make a person feel completely hopeless and lost in the world.
Our vision at The Bridge is for everyone to have a place they can call home and have hope for the future.
Through our therapeutic, trauma-led services and guest-volunteer opportunities we aim to empower our guests to a place where they are able to meet their own needs, feel hopeful for their future and inspired to enjoy healthy, fulfilling lives.
It is our aspiration that they may then go on to help others and give hope to people that are in need, and be living proof that it is possible to live a beautiful, fulfilled life after homelessness.