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Staysafe

A safe place for purpose

What is Staysafe?

Staysafe is a new and innovative project offering daytime support for people who have gotten off the streets and are in emergency or temporary accommodation.  We deliver purpose, activity, and friendship at a church venue througout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  We welcome ex-rough sleepers who want to be active and feel that they have purpose. The overall aim is for our guests to get connected to community where they can build healthy and forward-looking relationships. There is every possibility for each individual to improve their situation, to keep from returning to the streets and find a way out of just surviving to thriving in life.

Each participant will have a bespoke plan to fulfill their own aspirations and plans. They will have individual access to professional support workers and opportunities to develop new skills, as well as access training, certificates and courses. Staysafe provides a safe space for people to tell their story, share their lived experience, and develop teamwork.

WHAT WE DO

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The BCARS Journey
The Projects we run to help Rough Sleepers get off the streets.

What are the benefits?

  • Tackles loneliness 
  • Builds community
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Gain life skills
  • Free bus pass
  • Access to internet
  • Access to Training Centre
  • Safe place to talk and share stories
  • Fun activities

What are the benefits?

  • Tackles loneliness and builds community
  • Empowers guests to take responsiblity
  • Improves self-esteem, self-acceptance and confidence
  • Free bus pass
  • Internet access to benefits, job centre, email and maintaining social support network
  • Improves life skills
  • Access to Training Centre
  • Improves likelihood of keeping a home and not returning to the streets
  • Safe place to talk and share stories
  • Fun activities

What does it look like?

The church will be open for registered guests to come and engage in activities, gain life skills and check in with a key worker arranging individual training  programmes.

We offer 20 weeks of help at a time when our guests are at their most vulnerable.

There are two parts to Staysafe:

1) An 8-week programme of two 3-hour sessions per week on site. This includes one session of purpose and activity in the week and one session for fun and friendship at the weekend.

2) Twelve weeks of support for up to 2 hours per week online or in person.

OPENING TIMES

Group 1:  Wednesdays  2 – 5 pm and Saturdays 12 – 3 pm

Group 2:  Thursdays     2 – 5 pm and Sundays     12 – 3 pm

How to access Staysafe

If you, or someone you know, is in emergency or temporary accommodation and want to take up our Staysafe offer of support:
 
  1. Call the BCARS Helpline 07842 174241, open Mon – Fri 9 am til 1 pm.
  2. Chat with a staff member about support needs and complete a referral.
  3. References will be taken from a support worker or other professional.
  4.  Once approved, an invitation to an induction will be at the venue will be given.
  5. Complete induction, sign paperwork and start the programme. (If no vacancy is available, the guest will be added to the waiting list).

Why is there a need for Staysafe?

Based on feedback from our own experience with Sleepsafe over the last 5 years, and from those in our lived experienc group called ‘Street Voice’, we know that people who are recently housed can get bored, with nothing to do and nowhere to go, especially at weekends. People want some additional help to recover from living on the streets  and to adapt to making their own place a home.

Staysafe complements the existing work of housing providers, partners and statutory services who provid excellent support to those who have come off the streets. Staysafe works in partnership with other professionals, charities and organisations, who together, work in the best interest of those we are helping.

What are the benefits?

  • Tackles loneliness and builds community
  • Empowers guests to take responsiblity
  • Improves self-esteem, self-acceptance and confidence
  • Free bus pass
  • Internet access to benefits, job centre, email and maintaining social support network
  • Improves life skills
  • Access to Training Centre
  • Improves likelihood of keeping a home and not returning to the streets
  • Safe place to talk and share stories
  • Fun activities