On the 6th September 2020 I am running the Edinburgh Marathon alongside my dad Tim for the BCHA 'Somewhere Safe to Stay' project.
BCHA is a not-for-profit, registered Housing Association that have been supporting local communities and those experiencing homelessness for the past 50 years. Whilst the organisation originated in Bournemouth, there are now a number of services across the South and several within Plymouth.
I began working for 'Somewhere Safe to Stay' when the project started in September 2019. It is an eleven bed temporary accommodation with 24-hour support in Plymouth. We accommodate complex adults, both singles and couples who are at risk of, or experiencing, rough sleeping and sofa surfing. We support our customers to move into their own accommodation through creative and innovative working in order to achieve the most appropriate outcome for them. We then provide ongoing tenancy support during the transition into independent living. Whilst housing support is critical, we help customers with a range of complex needs including physical & mental health; domestic abuse; substance misuse and financial difficulties.
We are enthusiastic about creating a positive environment, offering opportunities and activities for our residents during their stay as well as equipping them for moving on. Any donations received will be greatly appreciated and make a huge difference to our project and our customers alike.