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At Pathways our first priority is to provide accommodation for homeless people who have additional support needs.
We only work with single, homeless clients who have additional support needs and we help them to address these needs by allocating them with a key worker who helps them to set up a support plan. We call this the pathway of support.
We get far more referrals than we are able to support, but for those we can help our first priority is to provide a safe place to live for up to two years.
Once they have settled into one of our accommodation projects clients work with staff to identify an appropriate support package.
During their time with us clients work towards goals agreed with their Support Worker. As well as attending appointments at various support agencies many individuals spend some of their weeks volunteering either at one of our projects or a local opportunity of their choice.
The last step of the journey is to move on into independent living and hopefully employment, if needed we provide outreach support to help with settling in. 

Tom drank from the age of 13; to make things go away and sometimes to give himself some confidence, he found it helped in his job as a door to door salesman. His drinking became more of a problem at the age of 26 when his Dad died, but despite being an alcoholic he still managed to hold down jobs which enabled him to pay for his alcohol. At the height of his drinking Tom was consuming at least 2 litres of vodka and 4 cans of strong beer a day.
He remembers very little of the last 23 years, but he was violent towards men and that got him into trouble with the Police from time to time. His Mum felt unable to remain in contact with him and by the end of last year he was living in shared accommodation with other alcoholics.
Tom's New Year celebrations resulted in a spell in hospital, then detox, he realised he couldn’t go back to his previous home with other alcoholics, so he was referred to Pathways. Tom now has a key worker and a team of supporters who are helping him. He works with several of our partner agencies on a regular basis to help stay off the alcohol and remain healthy. 
"Pathways have helped turn my life around". 

 

Charity No: 292579

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