It's good to talk, right?
At York Road Project we encourage our clients and staff to sit down and have a chat over a hot drink. With many café / coffee shops in and around Woking we see the value of sitting down with each other in a neutral setting, away from distractions to openly talk about anything.
We meet with our clients on a daily basis and many have been affected by traumatic events, it can be hard to talk about the past or even the present and we encourage our clients to talk when they are ready.
We are happy to just sit and listen, it is amazing what can happen over a hot beverage.
It's good to talk as it creates trust, it allows our staff or clients to openly talk about anything that may be bothering them and/or share updates with one another. It is important that we listen and really hear what our clients’ needs and wants are, having a good relationship built on trust means we can adapt our services and the support we are providing to them.
We want to break down the stigma that comes with homelessness and that it can happen to anyone, it really can happen to anyone. Statistics show that many of those we support have a primary support need for mental health, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar and ADHD.
How can you help?
We’re asking the local community to help us by making a one off or monthly donation through our specific fundraising campaign.
Alternatively; If you are up for a challenge, join York Road Project as a fundraiser and host a coffee fundraiser within your local circles.
Coffee fundraisers have been a successful fundraising method of fundraising and engagement for over 28 years in the UK. They encourage communities of people to get together, share ideas and discuss the reasons they are there, plus fundraising effectively through additional games and activities such tombola’s, raffles or even bingo can be so much fun.
Cherisse Dealtry, Chief Executive of York Road Project confirms: "Often sitting down with our clients, many of which struggle with talking about personal and difficult issues, we find that a good cup of coffee or tea can help to break down some of those trust issues and allows our clients to open-up and feel safe when talking about their past and their feelings".
"By taking time to listen and understand we can see a positive change from that very first conversation. Additionally, grabbing a coffee somewhere in a less formal environment can make difficult conversations easier and it shows an invested time in the person".
Stephen Ireland, York Road Project’s Community Fundraiser confirms: "We’re always grateful for the support we receive from the local community and now, more than ever we’re exploring new ways to build effective relationships with those who are out there that we can potentially work with and educate about the work we do here in Woking".
"We enjoy doing talks at local schools, faith groups and evening clubs/workshops knowing that the value in attending these talks not only tells people about the work we do as a charity but it helps to break down the stigmas that may sometimes be attached to those who are experiencing homelessness”.