Happy New Year!
WINTER SCENE FROM OUR BALCONY
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STMARTINS HOUSING TRUST HEAD OFFICE: 01603 667706
UNDER 1 ROOF 01603 699150
CAPS: 01603 666563 (housing advice for homeless)
BISHOPBRIDGE HOUSE: 01603 666563 (hostel)
HIGHWATER HOUSE: 01603 766627 (housing)
WEBSTER COURT: 01603 699100 (sheltered housing)
CITY COUNCIL: 03449803333 (homelessness/housing)
STONHAM: 08451550390 (Housing)
YMCA: 01603 877950/620629 (Housing)
MAP: 01603 766994 (Advice)
LEAP: 01603 627841 (Advice)
CITIZENS ADVICE: 08444994104 (Advice)
SAMARITANS: 0847909090 (Emotional Support)
FOODBANK: 01603 617805 (VOUCHERS ONLY) (food)
ARC (SALVATION ARMY): 01603 663496 (Food)
KINGS CENTRE: 01603 765795 (Food)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 08457697555 (Addiction)
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: 08453733366 (Addiction)
NRP: 03007900227 (Addiction)
DIP(DRUG INTERVENTION): 0800764754/ 01603 302038 (Addiction)
CITY REACH: 01603 612481 (Health Services)
N&N HOSPITAL 01603 286286 (Health Services)
JOB CENTRE: 01603 248556 (Benefits)
Well it's been a cold one this past week! Services have been pulling together to offer extra provision across the city. At Under 1 Roof, whilst there is always a hot tea or coffee available for those taking part in sessions, we have extended our service over the last week to anyone who just wants to get out of the cold and have no way of doing that. Across the whole of St Martins, we have been working with other agencies to offer greater provision see more on page 7.
We also have some celebrations of people achieving their goals and moving close to want they want in their lives.
One member came in to personally thank Phillip and Graham for their support with his jobsearch/CV etc as he has now secured a well paid, full time role.
Paul is taking up the challenge of 2 days training, followed by 2 weeks workplacement - good luck Paul!
And on page 8 you can read about Colin, how he changed his life around and has now moved back into work.
Everyone using the centre has valuable skills to contribute to our society, there is an impressive pool of talent and resources we bear witness to every day. Remember; you are smarter than you think, better than you believe and way more resourceful than you give yourself credit for!
St Martins updates..
The next Building Better Habits Drug and Alcohol Awareness Course starts on the 28th March. This four week course is aimed at providing people with alternative thinking patterns in order to address issues around drugs and/or alcohol. To book a place or to find out more information, just speak to us on the front desk
FREE HAIR CUTS are becoming popular, so we are happy to announce another session on the 19th March. Appointments go fast so make sure you book in, and keep an eye on what's coming up at Under 1 Roof for future dates.
With spring around the corner we will soon be starting our gardening course. If you'd like to register your interest, let us know. Come along and get some sun and fresh air and grubby fingers!
Our next healing sessions is on the 16th March. Half hour appointments are available between 10.15 and12.15. If you've never tried it before and want to find out more then give us a call, or speak to us in the centre.
The Members Mix team meet Tuesdays at 1pm and would welcome new members to join them in developing forthcoming projects,.so far Members have got involved in considering new courses, event planning and produced the 2018 calendar. There's lot more coming up to get involved in.
This weeks front cover photo has been provided by David Cullingford and we at the newsletter crew are thankful for him capturing the snowy scene from our balcony
Firstly, Its great to see our music sessions in the EDP this month. We still run Under One Riff on Tuesdays at 2pm til 4pm
"Music has given me a creative outlet and structure to my week, I have made a lot of new friends and its great working together to achieve a musical goal" Dave Hill
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A big thank you to Belona who has been running the Press Ahead journalism course at Under-1-Roof for the last two months. Everyone who participated has learnt so much and this newsletter is a direct consequence of all her efforts. If you want to try your hand at writing an article for the newsletter or you have an opinion you want heard then please come and join the editorial team between 11am and 12am every thursday. We need your contributions and enthusiasm.
We’d like to congratulate U1R Member, Colin, on successfully securing a new job at Perkins Engines as a Design Development Engineer and wish him well in his new role which he starts on the 5thMarch.
Colin was previously in a team of engineers until December 2015 when they were all made redundant. This coincided with the sale of the matrimonial home where Colin was able to afford to stay in B&Bs until May at which point he was supported into temporary housing with Wilkinson House.
Colin’s substance misuse led to him being unable to sustain this and by the autumn of 2016 he was rough sleeping.
Colin said that “without a doubt, it is thanks to the guidance and support from Under 1 Roof and others in St Martins that has helped me get in a position to get a job”.
Colin’s first engagement with St Martins was through the CAPS Team early in 2016. Having been supported by them into temporary housing, through sleeping rough and into a new tenancy in February 2017, it was at this point that Colin started coming regularly to Under 1 Roof.
Whilst at Under 1 Roof Colin has successfully completed both the Drug & Alcohol Awareness and the Wellbeing Toolkit courses, attended various drop-in sessions and has regularly used the computers for job searching. He has recently joined the Reality Check team going into schools highlighting the dangers of substance misuse.
As Norfolk experiences a cold snap, people sleeping rough in Norwich can access emergency accommodation through the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) activated and coordinated by Norwich City Council.
This is activated by a temperature of zero degrees Celsius or lower forecast from the Met Office for at least three consecutive nights.
An additional 45 beds were provided and at the time of writing over 30 people had accessed these temporary beds under SWEP. St Martins offers an extra 4-6 beds during SWEP.
In addition, St Peter Mancroft Church very kindly opened their doors to rough sleepers. Provision was staffed by volunteers from the street food teams with the support of social services who provided a practitioner from 9pm to midnight. Norwich City Council provided 30 camp beds and associated cold weather equipment.
During periods of severe weather partners also offer additional provision – for example Pottergate ARC extended their invaluable day service to stay open until 7pm so people could have a cooked meal.
Here at Under 1 Roof we opened in the daytime for people to get out of the snow and have a hot tea or coffee during SWEP.
Anyone who encounters people who are homeless and rough sleeping can notify Norwich City Council on email@example.com.
For emergency assistance with finding accomodation please call 0344 980 33 33
THE HORRIBLE PAIN IS STILL
GOTTA DRAG MYSELF OUT
I FEEL ALL ADRIFT IN A SEA OF
THE ISOLATIONS KILLING ME
IM FEELING SO EMPTY
TIME IS PASSING AND LEAVING
ITS JUST SO HORRIBLY LONELY
THE WORLDS STILL TURNING AND
ONCE AGAIN IM A BYSTANDER
IVE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS
Homelessness and cold weather
THE HORRIBLE PAINS'S STILL WITH ME
GOTTA DRAG MYSELF OUT
I FEEL ADRIFT IN A SEA OF DESPONDANCY
THE ISOLATION'S KILLING ME
IM FEELING SO EMPTY
TIMES PASSING AND LEAVING ME BEHIND
IS JUST SO HORRIBLY LONELY
THE WORLDS STILL TURNING AND ONCE AGAIN
I AM A BYSTANDER
IVE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS HORRIBLE
The main findings are split into 6 key themes and below are some of the issues raised:
Personality traits– some traits can interact with factors such as deprivation, unemployment, social disconnection and triggering events, such as relationship breakdown or job loss, to increase the risk of suicide.
Masculinity– more than women, men respond to stress by taking risks, like misusing alcohol and drugs. Male pride
Relationship breakdowns– marriage breakdown is more likely to lead men, rather than women, to suicide.
Challenges of mid-life– people currently in mid-life are experiencing more mental health problems and unhappiness compared to younger and older people.
Emotional illiteracy– men are much less likely than women to have a positive view of counselling or therapy, and when they do use these services, it is at the point of crisis.
Socio-economic factors– unemployed people are 2-3 times more likely to die by suicide than those in work and suicide increases during economic recession.
What is the main killer of men aged 20 to 49???
SAMARITANS 01603 611311
WELLBEING SERVICES 0300 123 1503
CALM 0800 58 58 58
MIND 08088 02 02 88
NHS WALK IN 01603 677500
MAP for under 25s 01603 766994
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT OUR LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Men living in these circumstances are up to 10 times more at risk of suicide than those living in the most advantaged conditions.
Extract taken from a report commissioned by The Samaritans - Men and Suicide: Why it’s a social issue? See here for more information https://www.samaritans.org/about-us/our-research/ research-report-men-suicide-and-society
Shame, guilt, embarrassment or fear can keep one in silence. Painful, agonizing, heartbreaking, soul killing silence! Not talking about difficult experiences, not sharing your thoughts and feelings brings internal turmoil. Stress can lead to anxiety, anxiety may bring panic attacks, and all the bottled-up feelings, the unwanted thoughts, the repressed memories can trigger a depression.
The worlds attitude is changing to this serious killer, there are lots of charities whose aim is to help people suffering from mental health issues. Here are some numbers where help can be found: