Homelessness and alcohol: how we help

Alcohol Change UK has launched it’s Alcohol Awareness campaign. This year it’s highlighting the connection between alcohol and cost. Whether that’s financial, mental and emotional or physical, alcohol can take it’s toll.

CENS is a drug and alcohol free project, which means that residents are breathalysed before entering the building. They are also subject to random drug tests during their stay. This is to keep everyone safe. We also hope it encourages residents to make positive choices. However, we realise that for some people substance misuse and homelessness are correlated. It’s not as easy as saying ‘just don’t drink’ for those who have been relying on alcohol as a coping mechanism, without extra, targeted support.

Working together

That’s where our links at Phoenix Futures and Open Road are paramount. They are two local agencies who we refer people on to when we deem that residents need specialised support. We asked Tom Higgins from Phoenix Futures for his insight.

“Homelessness and substance misuse commonly go hand in hand. Often, people with substance misuse issues lose or are refused housing due to their substance misuse and related behaviours.” says Tom.

“Recovery is hard work and without basic needs such as food, shelter and warmth, motivation to change is sometimes very low. The only effective way to combat this issue is to approach it with the mindset of conjoined care. All issues need to be addressed simultaneously.”

Targeted support

“Phoenix Futures offers a number of different services to help people begin and maintain their recovery, get housed and keep their new accommodation. The new DASS team support people on the streets to begin their recovery journey and seek suitable accommodation. Full Circle advocate for those with criminal justice related needs and the ARC team support with alcohol recovery and psychosocial support.”

Help to move on

“Phoenix HOSTS offers supported accommodation for up to six residents at a time. Homelessness does not end when a roof is over someone’s head. Phoenix Futures understands this and are committed to not ending care until someone is stabilised in their new environment.”

CENS Essential Shopping List

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Hot chocolate
  • UHT milk
  • Squash
  • Vgetable oil
  • Gravy granules
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt & pepper
  • Stock cubes
  • Herbs and spices
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned/packet custard
  • Baked beans
  • Tinned tuna
  • Tinned vegetables & potatoes
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Kidney beans
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Men & women’s deodorant
  • Men’s razors
  • Shave gel
  • Shower gel
  • Toothpaste
  • Cloths
  • Scourers
  • Washing up liquid
  • Surface cleaners
  • Floor cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Bin bags
  • Food caddy liners
  • Loo roll
  • Washing tablets
  • AA batteries
  • NEW single duvets
  • Pillows/pillowcases
  • Single duvet covers/sheets
  • Clean/good condition towels

Please no soups!
Thank you