Our mission statement is 'Proving the Community Cares' which St Cuthbert's Centre(SCC) achieves by providing a welcoming,empathetic & non-judgemental safe haven & early prevention 'safety net', along with immediate survival support for those localy in distress,marginalised,vulnerable & isolated. SCC is open 5 days a week & works with over 1000 clients a year with on average 75+ a day encompassing a broad ethnic range. Over 60% are rough sleepers or stuck in insecure accommodation & over 50% have some degree of mental health challenge often along with substance misuse issues.
Along with a highly nutritious 3 course lunch( & breakfast for rough sleepers) is served in a 'restaurant style' so as to enhance dignity,self-respect & social interaction,& which is supported by Food for Soul & the Felix Project to utilise food surplus/prevent food waste, SCC provides a broad range of services.
SCC's dedicated Mental Health worker undertakes regular health assessments & counselling which is supported by regular nurse practicioner visits,substance abuse & sexual health advice/support together with podiatrist,dental hygienist & TB screening visits. Shower facilities, laundry, clothes bank, haircuts, etc are available in conjunction with one to one advice/support for physical health/nutrition,housing,benefits & legal issues.
Complementary therapies such as well-being courses & homeopathy are also offered.
There are various arts programs,including a reading group, poetry & creative writing clubs,a film club & an initiative with Opera Holland Park.
Free internet & telephone access is provided with computer skills training, CV preparation, job interview coaching, etc.
Emphasis is placed on supporting retraining to rejoin the jobs market,in particular through culinary & gardening workshops, etc.
SCC works in a complementary fashion with other relevant agencies but is critical in being often the first point of call for those in need in an area where deprivation & barriers to housing & services remains still surprisingly high.
SCC has a board of trustees with complementary skills & experience who set the broad strategic direction & objectives for the centre manager & his team.The latter are regularly reviewed & reassessed to ensure the most effective allocation of resources in order to serve best SCC's clients.
Close attention is paid to financial controls & planning whilst ensuring all centre policies comply with best practice as set out by the Charity Commissioners.
As a result of SCC's services & interventions clients enjoy inter alia:
improved nutrition (whilst reducing surplus food waste).
improved physical well-being as well as where relevant onward referral to specialist agencies (eg NHS, JHT,drug/alcohol treatment centres, etc).
Improved mental health through assessments/counselling representation & appropriate referrals.
Less risk of eviction & homelessness.
If unemployed enhanced employment opportunities through internet access/IT skills support, CV-compilation & job search advice, etc.
A reduced sense of isolation,distress & vulnerability together with greater self-confidence,sense of purpose & dignity.