Our work
 

Relationships are at the heart of what we do. Although a very basic, unconditional practical provision will always be very important to us, such provision is primarily a tool for the building up of a positive relationship with those who come through our doors. We believe that such relationships between volunteers and guys give the best opportunities for transformation and healing.

 

Many of those we see have been through all the statutory systems and services and are wary of institutions and organisations. We try to provide an environment that breaks down the unhelpful us/them barriers to encourage and support the guys we see.

 

Practical Provision

Out of the Alpha Centre we run our drop-in. We provide hot food, a shower, clothing if needed and a place to sit and chat round the dinner table. For those otherwise sleeping rough we provide a sofa to sleep on overnight.

 

The reasons that people find themselves homeless are extremely varied. Substance abuse, mental health, addictions, relationship breakdowns and family catastrophes can all play a part. We try to help people in whatever way they need help. Finding accommodation, getting help with substance abuse or health issues, getting support in accommodation or simply sitting down and having a chat are all things that we offer.

 

The majority of our volunteers spend their time at the drop-in. We have visits from Community Nurses and strong links with other agencies such as the Stauros Foundation (Chrisitian group helping addicts). The drop-in is an unconditional and relaxed as we can make it. Guys can come in off the street and get looked after if they are in a state. Alcohol and medication is handed in to be returned when people leave. As long as people are peaceful we are happy to have them through the door.

 

Activities

We have historically tried to involve the guys in work within the wider community. If you have opportunities to offer the guys please do let us know.

At the moment our community work is done on an ad hoc, voluntary basis.

We also have a wonderful choir, run by a volunteer and comprised of volunteers and guys! They are always looking for new voices so turn up at The Alpha Centre at 15.00 on a Thursday to get involved!

 

Community Visits

Volunteers who have built up a good relationship with some of the guys we see often visit them in the community. This might be visiting them in prison or in hospital. This might be visiting them in their accommodation or offering support in appointments with other agencies.

 

As in all relationships, time is needed for them to flourish. Time spent together, meals shared and lots of tea drunk are the small things that make a great difference to us all.

 

Walks and Trips

We regularly organise walks that everyone is welcome to come on. We also take trips out around the island. Again, these are another opportunity for us to spend good time together, getting to know each other and enjoying simple things.

 

Hospitality

Hospitality is the opening up of our homes, especially to those who are on the margins of our society. Some of the most transformative work we have been involved in has been when Christian households have opened their doors to those who are on the streets or in insecure accommodation. It is sacrificial and challenging but therein lies its power. We passionately believe that none of us are independent and are constantly seeking to encourage those who we see through our doors that they need not stand alone. We are made for family. This is the most challenging aspect of anything we have done and is not without its difficulties but we pray that God stirs the hearts of His people towards generosity, grace and love.