Supporting people to acquire and stay in their own homes, and to manage their mental and physical health better improves not just their own lives but also those around them, including family members and the local community. Helping people manage their drug and alcohol dependence through referrals to our own Addiction Support Group and to Turning Point enables people to address other issues in their lives such as debt and unemployment, which in turn reduces antisocial behaviour. Some of our interventions are one-off referrals to housing, GPs, or the rough sleeper team which can resolve a particular issue quickly, but others are made over the long term, sometimes over years.
During the year ending 31st March 2023 we provided 148 drop-in sessions (2022: 125), plus 136 group sessions (2022: 85) including established women’s, football and substance support groups, and the newly introduced bi-monthly (now weekly) art groups. We served 2,913 (2022: 1,331) meals to 264 (2022: 164) individuals – with an average of 22 guests per drop-in session (2022:17). Guests came from other towns including Calne, Corsham, Bath, Malmesbury, Devizes, Warminster,
Westbury, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge, Melksham and the villages, with 83% (2022: 85%) coming from Chippenham.
Our Annual Report for the year ended 31st March 23 is available here