What difference does Treasures make?
Our houses hold up to 9 women at any one time so we think the figures below (from financial year ended June 2017) are impressive. As well as statistics here we share words from the women themselves. We have kept these mainly in the words and grammar of the women themselves with just slight editing to shorten them to a convenient size for reading. Here we’ve picked out just a few of the changes that we’ve tracked and we are looking to track even more with our updated Theory of Change.
Change 1: Giving back to the community through increased numbers volunteering
Result: 5 women went into voluntary work.
In their own words: ‘When I arrived I would be in my room all the time because I didn’t like being seen, I didn’t want to talk to anyone and if someone spoke to me I’d give yes no I’m alright answers. I was unsure about everyone. Since I have been here, I can be around people for the first time in my life, I trust (the staff) 100% I have confidence now I can look people in the eye when I’m talking to them, being at Treasures is the best thing that happened to me, being here saves my life I have hope today, I have confidence I can stand up for myself. I now do voluntary work in a charity shop. I can be seen and not want to hide I couldn’t do any of this without the support, love and care Treasures gives me.’
Change 2: Improved ability to live in suitable accommodation
Result: 5 women moved into their own accommodation
In their own words: ‘I came to Treasures news year’s eve from Crisis at Christmas. I had been living on the streets for seven years and in and out of prison and a drug dependency of 26 years. The world I was living in was unsafe so when I come to Treasures to live it changed my unsafe world from danger to feeling safe that I was ok that I was not a bad person that I was priceless and worth it. It was a long and painful process that (staff) had the time to walk beside me with. I started to find room in my heart to love myself. I suffered a long time in life but today through Treasures I’m no longer a victim but turning out to be a beautiful lady. In 2013 I did not see any of my children. Through the help and support of Treasures I was reunited with my children and two of them live with me at the weekends, I have my own flat and the courage to live my life.’
Change 3: Increased ability to live addiction free
In their own words: 10 women referred to Steps2Recovery, 7 completed it successfully.
Case study: ‘Since I arrived I have felt hugely supported by staff. Not comfortable with venturing out on my own I was taken to Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings every day with (staff) and other residents. I have started the steps2recovery programme which Mandy referred me to and although I initially had mixed feelings about this, it is a great opportunity for which I’m now hugely grateful.’
Thank you for making these changes possible. Your support is changing lives.