Robert Branagh, Chair of Equinox Care: “Equinox Care exists to provide support, care and accommodation to people with multiple and complex needs, including mental ill health, drug dependence and alcohol dependence. We also work with people who have a history of homelessness or offending. In 2014, we worked with 1138 people across our services in […]
Gerdy Grafendorf, Equinox Brent service manager: “Equinox Brent has a 24-hour support service and a 9am-7pm service, to work with people who have been in long term treatment for their mental health. [...]
Gerdy Grafendorf, Equinox Brent service manager: “Equinox Brent is a service for people who have previously been in long term residential care or hospital due to mental ill health. Over a 2 year period, we work with our service users to help them move on to lesser supported accommodation or complete independence. “Over the last year, […]
“I’m Harvey Webb. I’m a housing support worker for Equinox Care, running the Stanley Road project in Brighton. It’s a 5 bed house for men with a history of homelessness and alcohol misuse. They stay here for 2 years and I help them to stabilise their alcohol use and then work to move on to independent living.
“We had a good outcome last year where one of my residents found a little studio flat in Hove in the private rented sector, which is very difficult in Brighton due to nobody wanting to take people on Housing Benefit. But I’ve made a few contacts in that area. He’s very happy – of course I give some aftercare – he’s very happy and settled there near his family.
“The rest of the residents are all in voluntary work, as well. They are positively contributing, which means they get a positive contribution status on Brighton’s home move scheme and then they can start to bid on affordable housing in the city. I help them tactically bid, so that the process is quicker than if they were doing it on their own.
“I’ve got 2 clients who are now working at the Woodstore, voluntary work. I’ve got another one who is working for the Brighton Food Partnership, up on the allotment up in Whitehawk. They all love it. I’ve got a fourth who is volunteering in the PDSA charity shop.
“One of the clients who’s actually gained positive contribution (he’s been bidding on properties for six months) recently viewed his first property in Hangleton. He’s nearing the top of the list, so he should be moving on pretty soon, which goes to show that it does work. It always motivates people in the house if somebody gets housed – so they think, ‘yeah this works, I can get myself a flat, I can get myself somewhere to live.’ Everybody now is working towards that end.
“We’ve been trying to create a culture of motivation, where people can see a way out of the cycle of homelessness and alcohol misuse. I’m very happy with what’s been happening over the last year.”
Wayne, Equinox Brighton: “I came to Equinox Brighton in June 2013. My marriage had broken up and where I was living in emergency housing, there were loads of people using drugs. I ended up sleeping in the park because I couldn’t take where I was living. “The rough sleepers team found me sleeping out and […]
Equinox Brighton senior business and partnerships manager, Jesse Wilde: “Equinox Brighton aims to reduce street presence, sustain tenancies and reduce harm caused by alcohol or drug dependency. [...]
Radomir Lazarevich, Equinox Ealing service manager: “Equinox Ealing is a supported housing service, which assists clients to stabilise and recover from alcohol and drug dependence. Two large houses [...]