Always pioneering, we pride ourselves in finding innovative ways to help vulnerable people discover hope and courage to face the future. This is particularly true in the work we do as lead partner of the National Lottery funded Golden Key programme.
Golden Key is a partnership of 19 organisations which work together across Bristol to improve services for people with the most complex needs. All Golden Key clients are experiencing a challenging mix of homelessness, long term mental health problems, dependency on drugs and alcohol and offending behaviour.
United Peers (UP) is a volunteer project looking specifically at how effective peer mentoring support is for someone facing homelessness. UP’s mentors are unique having experienced homelessness themselves or experienced the problems facing those who are homeless. Mentors and mentees were matched to work together on specific and achievable goals.
Working with the Rank Foundation, a grant-giving charitable trust, the Peer Employability Programme supports people who have experienced mental health problems to get ready to enter the job market once more. The programme is open to people who have used health and social care support services and have been unemployed for at least three months.