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Demand for BHT Services Greater than Ever

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BHT has reported a record high in the number of people accessing its services over the last year.

BHT worked with 11,434 men and women in 2011-2012 and prevented homelessness in 4,116 cases.

First Base, BHT’s day centre for insecurely housed and homeless men and women, has seen a large increase in demand. Following its refurbishment last year, the day centre expected to see 30 men and women rough sleeping on the streets, which in reality has more than doubled to 60 people each morning.

Threshold, BHT’s women’s counselling and crèche service, has also seen a dramatic rise in demand with a rise of 150 service users since 2010-2011.

The BHT services to see the largest increase in demand were Private Rented Sector Leasing and Solutions with an increase of 800 service users.

The service works with both tenants and landlords to provide successful and sustainable tenancies in the private rented sector.

The refurbishment included new training rooms to enable us to deliver a range of work and learning activities and a training kitchen where more clients are now able to join the Catering Training Project and learn all the skills they need to work in the catering industry.

Simon Hughes,
BHT First Base Day Centre Operational Manager

Mel Barnard, Threshold Clinical Manager, has seen a steady rise over 2011/12 in women suffering with complex mental health needs due to unemployment, work related stress and financial insecurity and is concerned that the numbers will rise as people struggle to cope with the on-going financial pressures on household finances.We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people accessing our services at First Base since we moved back to St Stephens Hall after a major refurbishment.

Times are tough at the moment and we are seeing more and more women with mental health needs related to stress and anxiety due to the economic downturn.

Mel Barnard, BHT Threshold Clinical Manager

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