Alleviating poverty, bringing hope

Health, wellbeing & recovery

Key to NOAH’s work is the wide range of services that are available at the Welfare Centre. Our holistic approach ensures that people have the best possible opportunities and that we can address in one place the wide range of issues that they are facing.

NOAH is a place of transformation and lunch can be the start of that journey away from poverty. Many of the people who come to us for help are not registered with a doctor and so their health is often poor. We have built up a close relationship with our local Nurse and GPs who run surgeries on site three times a week.

The mobile dentistry also visits alternate weeks to help improve people’s oral hygiene. Homelessness can have a devastating effect on people’s teeth and living with tooth decay and toothache every day can overshadow everything else you try to achieve.

We are a vital hub bringing external services into NOAH and facilitating access to health care to those who are often thought of as hard to reach. We host professional mental health workers and drug and alcohol workers who can carefully build trust and then help to link people into mainstream services. The professional assessments have enabled a number of people to access hospital services and rehabilitation places that they would not otherwise have done. The providers also train and coach our staff which has helped us provide a better initial service to people with mental health issues.

We encourage every visitor to get involved and participate in a wide range of activities and workshops, which take place from 1.30-3.30pm each afternoon. Support with debt and addiction issues are provided.

A recent donation has enabled us to transform our kitchen into a training area where our chef teaches people to cook tasty food from basic ingredients. It is all part of helping them toward independence.