Charity in Focus: Humbercare

Published: Wednesday 3rd January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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This week’s Charity in Focus is Humbercare. We spoke with Manager, Danny Allman, to find out more about their fantastic work.

Can you tell us a bit about Humbercare?

Yes, of course. Humbercare builds links with partnership agencies, local communities and other charities to provide the highest standards of support.

Humbercare works in partnership with many voluntary and not-for-profit organisations as well as the following local authorities: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and other statutory agencies.

Our areas of focus include rehabilitation and resettlement, mentoring, peer mentoring and volunteer befriending services, advice, information and guidance, education, employment and training, housing-related support, client involvement, supported lodgings services, positive use of time and integration into the wider community.

What makes Humbercare different from other charities?

We believe that social inclusion is key to successful reintegration into society. We work to implement support centred on the individual needs of our service users by working in partnership with other relevant services, and facilitate drop-in sessions, training and advice with substance misuse services, sexual health, faith groups and resettlement groups.

We also organise many user involvement groups for different interests, including arts and crafts, cooking, music and film. We host regular resident meetings to ensure that their opinions are valued and suggestions acted upon. The service aims to work with its users on their personal challenges, eventually resulting in them being confident and capable of living independently in the community.

Are there any projects or campaigns you’re currently working on?

The Futures service is quite key at the moment. It is operated in two buildings with approximately 80 service users at any one time. Westbourne House provides temporary accommodation to 55 of these service users – the criteria for which is that the individual has been homeless immediately prior to arrival. Westbourne House is a direct access service, although referrals for a more coordinated approach can be taken from the local authority, mental health services, probation and prisons.

The Futures Centre of Assessment and Emergency Accommodation (CAEA) began in March 2014 as a six-month provision for rough sleepers in the city and was then funded for a further three and a half years. Still a reasonably new service, we have seen over 800 individuals pass through the centre, with positive outcomes for over 90% of them.

That’s brilliant. So who does Humbercare mostly benefit?

Our client group is classed as hard-to-house individuals who have led previously chaotic lives, including those with offending histories, domestic violence, substance and alcohol misuse and mental health issues, some of whom are street attached and have faced exclusion in many areas.

I think our service is unique because we work to remove the barriers faced by the client group and promote inclusion. For this reason, we do not have criteria for our service users. Many of them are excluded permanently from other support and accommodation providers. We do not exclude anyone from the service, which leads to us building important relationships with hard-to-reach clients.

How can people support Humbercare?

Individuals are able to volunteer their time, donations and resources and only have to contact the Head Office in Hull for further details.

We are an enabling organisation, dedicated to providing quality and innovative services to adults and young people. We believe that all people should have the opportunity to realise their full potential, improve skills, optimise their life chances and become responsible members of our communities.

Find out more about Humbercare and get involved today.

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Published: Wednesday 3rd January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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