In August 2019, Parents and Children Together (PACT) received a grant of £5,000 from the Police Property Act Fund.
With this funding, PACT received support on the general running costs of Alana House.
After receiving the funding, Alana House opened its Community Café which was a significant achievement for both the team and the women involved. Eight women volunteered to take shifts either as a host, barista or to serve customers.
The project provided the opportunity for women to develop self-confidence, transferable skills and obtain qualifications in Food Hygiene. 12 women achieved Level One in Food Hygiene, with nine achieving Level Two.
Nicola (name changed for confidentiality) was referred to Alana House in December 2018 by the Elizabeth Fry charity. As part of Ministry of Justice funded work, Nicola received 1:1 support at Alana House.
Since Nicola started attending Alana House her pathway scores in terms of accommodation, mental health and education, training and employment have all improved. She overcame many hurdles to move into her own property, and has regularly volunteered at a local museum.
Her support worker commented: "Nicola has experienced many years of abuse and struggled for so long without any help or anyone to speak to. Seeing her now growing so much in confidence and having faith in herself has been very inspiring to witness."
Outcomes in areas of need most frequently identified by service users:
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing - 64% reported an improvement in this area, with 91% indicating they either sustained progress or an improvement in mental health (of 111 women)
- Education, training and employment - 91% reported sustaining or improving in this area. Seven women moved into employment and others moved into volunteering opportunities (of 102 women)
- Accommodation - 81% felt they sustained progress or made positive changes (of 52 women)
- Finance, debt and benefits - 53% reported positive change with a further 35% able to maintain their current status (of 49 women)
Created with images by Rod Long - "Young child looking out a window" • Jason Leung - "Colorful confetti falling down with a teal background" • Alisa Anton - "Coffee shop entrance in Leiden" • Jez Timms - "Woman looking out a window" • Levi Guzman - "Orange sunset celebration"