Spring has sprung at our Health and Wellbeing Centre

It’s been all go here at the health and wellbeing centre in the last couple of months and we are at an exciting stage in our development. There has been lots of change afoot and lots of exciting new projects, it certainly feels like spring is in the air here at the centre.

We have recently launched the Purfleet Pantry, a food initiative that provides low cost, healthy grocery options for people on a tight budget. We are beginning this as a pilot for our current and former clients who pay a modest weekly membership fee to be part of the club. This gets them access to up to £15 worth of food and basic household items, a range of cooking skills sessions and other workshops relating to budgeting and wellbeing. The Pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we are always happy to take any food donations for this project.

There are also lots of activities going on daily here at the centre. We have our established breakfast club each morning where rough sleepers can come and have a meal to start the day, read the daily papers and prepare for their day ahead. We are constantly building on our existing programme to help people with life skills and to get work ready, all aiming to help that individual to have a more independent, sustainable lifestyle and break out of the cycle of homelessness.

Below it a quick overview of some of our daily activities:

Monday – we have fantastic local hairdresser Sara from Belle Femme Boutique who volunteers here time to cut hair for our homeless clients. We have a dedicated specialist, Vicki,  who provides  1-2-1 sessions covering many key issues such as budgeting, benefits, CVs, accessing healthcare, job search, form filling and  help with phone calls to other agencies.

Tuesday – is pampering day. Our very own Georgie runs sessions for clients doing hair styling, nails, make up tips and general sessions on personal hygiene and styling.

Wednesday – Fabulous volunteer Jan runs arts and crafts sessions in the morning which are really popular for clients and a great time to create and chat. Tuesday afternoons we have Alison from MCP come in to offer a solicitors surgery for a variety of legal queries clients may have. Kim our health and wellbeing coach runs 1-2-1 cooking skills sessions for clients.  

Thursday – Health trainer Jilly from Norfolk’s Living Well meets with clients to support and motivate them to lead a healthier lifestyle. Topics covered include healthier eating, reducing alcohol intake, getting more active and stopping smoking.  Each Thursday afternoon there are two workshops run in the centre and  we  cover topics such as smarter shopping, reducing waste, cleaning and personal hygiene. We also have Dawn from The Well Café come in once a month to do a hands on craft activity, previous sessions have included card making, making keyrings and decorating wooden boxes.

Friday – in the morning we have our ever popular bingo session and in the afternoon we are very pleased that CAP (Christians Against Poverty) are now with us weekly to talk to clients about debt issues.

As you can see we are always busy  but we are also always keen to expand what we can offer for clients.  We are always on the lookout for new activities so if you think you could volunteer to run a session or know someone who might like to, then please get in touch with . Examples might be yoga or fitness, music, creative writing, philosophy, support to help with cooking skills, sports, I.T, book club or film club. If you have a special interest that you think might work we’d always be pleased to have a chat.

We’ll look forward to updating you again very soon on what is happening here at Purfleet Trust and we’d like to thank you for your interest in our work and for all the amazing support we get locally.