The houses are visited by one of our staff members most days of the week, to offer practical support and to facilitate a weekly House Meeting with our residents.
Each resident will take responsibility for their own cooking, cleaning and shopping, and help in managing these tasks will be provided where necessary.
In all stages of your time at The Bridge House, there is enough structure to provide routine and purpose to each day.
A typical day for you will involve a variety of activities, work duties, homework and reflection time as well as key interventions. We call any group, meeting or one-to-one session an ‘intervention’.
Each service user will develop a recovery plan, in conjunction with their Support Worker. This plan will include a focus on practical and emotional issues surrounding ongoing recovery, such as counselling, attendance at self-help support groups, financial responsibility and job skills training, encouraging each resident to maximise their own personal potential and to contribute to the development of an inclusive and nurturing community.
Independent Living Skills
We provide people with a better chance of long term recovery through delivery of a structured programme of activities. Our Independent Living Skills Programme includes the following activities:
- Wellbeing sessions
- DIY, sewing and bicycle maintenance workshops
- Parenting workshops
- Healthy eating course
- Art therapy
- Employability sessions, including interview skills and CV writing
We also provide sessions that concentrate on integrating our service users to the local community, developing the skills for effective integration and promoting the opportunities for volunteering. This is aimed to support more active citizens working together to tackle their problems.
Aims and Outcomes
Outcomes for the programme, in addition to the maintenance of their abstinence, include:
- increased confidence and aspirations
- improved physical and mental well-being
- confidence in social skills and new community networks
- improved parenting
- skills for employability
- engagement in, and contribution to, the local community
- intergenerational learning