Archway

archway-01The Archway Project consists of two 24 hour residential properties, a five and a nine bed house, for people with mental health support needs in Hove.

Both services have a recovery and person-centred focus, working collaboratively with residents in intensive short term placements. The aim is to enable people to move on to more independent living within two years.

The services are funded by Clinical Commissioning Group and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Our service focuses on:

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  1. Enabling people who have a history of being devalued, disempowered or denied opportunities to enjoy a range of activities and experiences.
  2. Empowering people through life skills development and goal-focused support planning to enable them to maintain their tenancies and to manage their mental health and wellbeing.
  3. We work collaboratively with clients in a person-centred way to enable them to shape and influence the service they receive. This enables them to feel empowered and able to lead on their own recovery with more self-awareness and confidence.
  4. We work within the Recovery Model, which focuses on the strengths of each individual, and enables clients to become fully integrated members of the community.
  5. We support people to find suitable move on accommodation, which is appropriate to their needs and of their choice.
Contact details
Telephone

For general enquiries and advice on referral routes, call David Bristowe on

01273 748031

Email

Click here to email BHT’s Archway project

Volunteering opportunities

Archway offers members of the community a range of volunteering opportunities. To find out more please contact Lorna Sharp or Paul Virgo on:

01273 822103

Real Life Story

I just want to take a couple of minutes to describe my time at the Archway and my journey through it.

My journey has been a physical one in that I have moved from high to low support. It has also been a personal journey of recovery from poor mental health, drug use and hospital admissions to a place where I am taking responsibility and control, making better choices and planning for and looking forward to the future.

Before I arrived at the project my life was a mess. My mental health was poor and the voices in my head made me drink and do drugs. To fund my habit I stole from people and from shops. I did not care about my health and abused my body with drink and drugs.

When I moved into the Archway care home I felt reassured by the term “care home” and with the idea that I would be cared for, helped, advised and supported throughout the day. Because of the intensive advice and support I received I gradually came to realise that I was making the wrong choices – choices that did not make things better. As well as support from the Archway staff, I also had support from the Assertive Outreach Team and began to take an active part in developing my support plan by taking part in key work sessions and CPA meetings with my care coordinator and psychiatrist. Through this work I developed the ability to accept that I had an illness that I needed to get the right treatment and accept help from support workers.

At the care home I was able to improve my mental health and my self-esteem. I felt stable, stronger in myself and ready to move on. I felt that others could trust me and I wanted to be more independent.

I moved from the care home to my own bedsit. I felt more comfortable being in my own place, creating my own routines and taking responsibility. I enjoyed the freedom. I could get support when I needed it from people I was used to working with. When I felt troubled, I could phone staff, get support and reassurance and feel better but I had my own space and was living on my own.

Since moving to low support I’ve continued my voluntary work. I’ve started permitted paid work and I’m bidding for council or housing association flats. I’m no longer on a community treatment order and I am looking forward to leaving supported housing to live independently.

In the last year I feel that I have made a lot of progress. I am making better choices about who I see and I’m building a network of friends who don’t drink or use drugs. I’m filling my time with things that make me feel good about myself and I’m risking doing new things.

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