the needs they have
The Wellspring engages with a very wide client group including:
Homeless people and people who are rough sleeping or inappropriately housed, drug and alcohol users, people with mental health Issues, young people, elderly people, people with learning disabilities, people who are at risk of homelessness. people with multiple issues, people who lead chaotic lifestyles, people with financial problems, people who have suffered domestic abuse, people who have been sexually exploited, people who are seeking asylum, people from other countries who have no benefit entitlement and people with physical health issues.
We support the above client groups to have better life chances by providing support in either a group or one-to-one setting. We encourage people to seek employment and training therefore improving access to training. We believe in stronger communities and encourage people to work together. We promote and actively provide health services and run several groups that make people more active.
The Wellspring project has been running since 1991 and over the last 20 years we have become very good at what we do. However we are constantly reviewing our methods and creating new ways in which to engage with the above client groups.
Why is there a need for the project?
Lots of people in Stockport require services. However not all of these people fit in to the standard services that are available. For instance, some people may find themselves homeless due to issues with debt – because of these debt issues they cannot get back into housing until the debt has been reduced or a period of repayments has been adhered to. These people receive services at The Wellspring. Other people slip though the net of mental health services more often than not because they do not pose a risk to themselves or others, however these people still suffer from a mental health issues that usually remains untreated. People sleeping rough, squatting or sofa surfing need to engage with a staff team that will take time to give them the support needed to turn around the situation they are in.
None of the statutory services in Stockport actively engage with a client group “at risk of homelessness” in order to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place. Over 100 people use the services at The Wellspring every day of the year. Our staff are under pressure to deal with each and every one of these clients and have built upon our successes and developed into a professional advice and referral service.