Our target will be able to provide 100 nights accommodation in The Neuk for people who are really struggling with their Mental Health and need intensive support, away from their current situation. We will be able to provide food, toiletries, sensory items, a wellbeing box full of resources for use when they are feeling low/overwhelmed and our staff time which will be to provide intensive support during their stay with us. Our larger target will help us facilitate our peer-led support through activities run by volunteers, any materials they may need (arts and crafts items, digital equipment, cooking and baking items), alongside their expenses to get to the hub. We will also use this money to provide equipment in our sensory room (weighted blankets, noise cancelling headphones, fiddle toys, lighting) to help people to relax and de-escalate when they are overwhelmed.
Anchor House, Perth is known for it's accommodation for people experiencing homelessness and its outreach support but we have expanded and have teamed up with loads of local agencies and peer volunteers and have opened a hub called 'THE NEUK' , in Perth City Centre for people struggling with their mental health.
We are based in a building in the city centre of Perth and are supporting anyone who lives in the whole of the Perth and Kinross area. Caledonia Housing have done an amazing job of renovating the building for its new purpose. Gleneagles, have also contributed all of our furniture and soft furnishings, so the place is warm and inviting.
We are operational as a day service Monday-Friday at the moment, but with more funding, we will eventually be open 24 hours/7 day's a week. We have trained staff on-hand, along with peer volunteers with lived experience to provide emotional and constructive support.
We have partnered up with Andy's Mans Club, The Women's Wellbeing Group and The Lighthouse for Perth, along with interest from other agencies for future work together.
We have all either experienced or know someone that struggles with their mental health and unfortunately at the moment, in Perth and Kinross it can be difficult to access services, especially out of hours.
Through a mixed range of interventions and strategies including sensory-based treatment, talking, peer-support and group activities we hope to be able to support most people who feel the need to visit our service. We will be here to provide a safe, supportive environment when people feel overwhelmed and need a place to de-escalate, reflect and make a plan for the next steps.
We would like to bridge the space in-between doctors and inpatient treatment to hopefully give people the tools to help themselves out of crisis in the future and be able to manage their Mental Health and Wellbeing on a long-term basis.