Our initial three years have run encouragingly close to plan and budget and we have been working to define what happens next. In addition to the priority we give to the quality and professionalism of our service and meeting the needs of our core and aftercare clients, there is much else to do, including:
One key challenge is the need to move from Brockley Road, probably by autumn 2017. The two houses, given to HHE by Chelmsford City Council under a peppercorn rent, are due for redevelopment. The aim is to remain in the city centre or very accessible to it. The search is on for a possible new home for HHE and the best ways to finance that.
There is a gap in services supporting clients through their initial detox and abstinence before they join the HHE programme. A detox service could become a part of HHE when it relocates, but other options to provide supportive and accessible pre-abstinence accommodation are being investigated.
While our commitment remains to residential clients who would otherwise be homeless, the need to open up our services to non-residents is evident. HHE is now more vigorously promoting this and welcoming more non-residential clients onto the programme who can also benefit enormously.
“More importantly I have, as a direct consequence of HHE’s help, rebuilt my life.”
“It is fantastic when I see I have made a breakthrough with a client, or they have made a breakthrough for themselves as a result of our sessions.”
“HHE provides a very positive service. I like being a part of that team and involved in helping people to recover from their addiction and teaching them how to live their lives free from alcohol.”
“We are delighted volunteer Nina Ashenden has joined us and is sharing menu planning and cooking skills one evening a week – the results are very popular!”