The Basement wanted to get away from the Victorian soup kitchen idea of support services for rough sleepers and provide somewhere that the service users could get involved in and feel a sense of ownership. Clients were offered a range of supportive services as well as facilities where they could make themselves a meal & access showers and a laundry. The staff team could also start on confidence building to bring back some dignity and self respect to this much maligned and misunderstood group.
The doors finally opened in 2000 and we have gone from strength to strength ever since. The feedback we get shows us how much we have improved life for hundreds of homeless people and this huge success story has been enhanced by some of our staff team being ex service users who have experienced rough sleeping as well as drug & alcohol addiction. The team proves to be a source of inspiration and we as an organisation continue to move forward with the same desire and commitment that we had in 1997.
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