Latest Pathways News
12th November 2023 Update
Many thanks to the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK for their donation of £1,000 which funded these excellent bikes for Pathways residents.
5th October 2023 Update
The Hendy Foundation has kindly donated £2,000 for these six bikes to us:
Forme atlow 7 speed ladies City bike New
Forme atlow 7 speed gentleman city bike New
Vermont Dutch ladies bike
Carrera mountain bike
Python mountain bike
Specialised Mountain Bike
Our residents will be out in their helmets making the most of the last of the warm weather in no time! Thank you very much Hendy Foundation!
27th September Update
Many thanks to the Incorporated Bournemouth Free Church Council for their extremely kind donation of £5,000. We also need to sincerely thank the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK for their donation of £1,000. We have also now received the £3,000 donation from Help the Homeless which will help find soft furnishings. And a huge thank you to the Alice Ellen Cooper-Dean Charitable Foundation which has kindly donated £14,000 towards salaries.
7th August Update
Heartfelt thanks to Cherries Football Club which has donated £1,000 to pay for bedding, and to The Valentine Trust for donating £15,000 towards salaries – your help is very much appreciated.
19th May Update
Thanks to Help the Homeless for generously donating £3,000 – we’re very grateful for your support.
16th May Update
Many thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation for their generous grant of £5,000, which is is very much appreciated.
4th April Update
We need to thank National Lottery Community Funding for their extremely generous donation of £10,000 which will help towards cleaning and maintenance, essential household supplies, staff training and welfare, drug testing, and our charity marketing.
7th March 2023 Update
Our heartfelt thanks to The Edward Gostling Foundation, The Souter Charitable Trust, and The Albert Hunt Trust for their recent, and very generous donations. Without your help, many individuals desperately in need of our help would be left without anywhere to turn.
20th October 2023 Update
Our heartfelt thanks to the Valentine Charitable Trust and the Alice Ellen Cooper-Dean Charitable Foundation, both of which have kindly donated £15,000. Your help, as always, is greatly appreciated.
June 2022 Update
Having emerged from the stifling confines of quarantine to what is now a glorious, hot summer, we’re seeing a growing demand for our services.
Recent cases include a mother and her two sons, aged 12 and 25. With all three suffering with various degrees of mental health issues, we are doing our best to help and support them. Their new home brings the total number of Pathways houses to six, all offering accommodation and support to our 24 people who struggle with social exclusion resulting from addiction, criminality, mental health, and all types of abuse.
Just in the past year, Pathways has been able to support seven people who have found themselves homeless due to job losses or relationship breakdowns. We have also managed to house one young man with his mother, so they can be reunited and support one another on a day-to-day basis. Before that, the young man had been in care, supervised by Social Services.
We’ve also welcomed a man who has relocated from Scotland after completing a resettlement program in relation to mental health and drug use. The resettlement program was brought about by the tragic death of a lifelong friend from a drug overdose. We will be there to support him as he settles in Bournemouth, helping him to overcome with any struggles he may encounter with physical and mental health issues.
Pathways has also taken on the role of supporting a single parent and her 11-year daughter in the local area. Working with social services, we are helping her overcome addiction and mental health issues.
We’re very proud of our achievements over the past six months, which have all been achieved with the continued help of our sponsors:
- Nine residents moving into their own rented accommodation.
- A former resident moving back to Buckinghamshire and now working with his father, living much closer to his young son.
- A man has been reunited with his partner locally, moving in with her and his 16-month-old daughter.
- A former resident has moved back to Liverpool to be close to his family.
- Four people have found full-time employment.
- Another former resident has returned to Devon and has resumed her career as a primary school teacher.
- Another former resident has moved to Somerset, into a lovely two bed flat overlooking the sea. He has also found work with a company based in Minehead, working as a financial advisor.
Our work is, of course, always progressing. At present:
- Three people are looking for accommodation.
- Eight are engaged in voluntary employment.
- One 51-year-old has decided to embark on a career change, having worked as chef, he is now enjoying an online business study course.
Unfortunately, the nature of our work means it’s not always good news. Some residents have struggled with ongoing issues causing:
- One resident to be re-called back to prison.
- One former resident tragically losing his life, having overdosed on illicit drugs in a crack house.
- Sadly, four relapsing back to drugs, with all now having been found alternative move-on accommodation which can provide essential extra support.
But we want to end this update on a positive note! Please spare a few minutes to hear Gary’s story. Gary is a great friend of Pathways, and we’ll continue to give him all the support he needs.