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New activities at centre for homeless women

New activities at centre for homeless women

Residents at a centre for single homeless women in Bolton are being kept occupied during coronavirus lockdown with activities including a baking competition and arts and crafts work to create decorative items for communal areas.

The women, who range in age from 18 to 65 and have low to medium support needs including with substance misuse, recovering from domestic violence, and with managing mental health, were consulted about ways in which they would like to pass the time.

Their ideas have resulted in more baking, purchase of a games table and of some gardening equipment for the centre, Fleet House, which is run by Adullam Homes Housing Association.

Commenting on the activities, Emily Mascarenhas, Senior Project Worker at Fleet House said: “The initial sessions were well attended and have been a great way to keep the clients engaged and busy as a household during the lockdown and isolation period.

“The games table has gone down really well, and the gardening club will be starting very soon. Keeping the ladies busy is really important at the moment, because none of the support services that usually visit are able to do so.”

Fleet House is a residential and life skills centre for single homeless women with priority given to applicants with a local connection apart from that escaping domestic violence. Referrals come through Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council’s Gateway scheme.

The property has 20 fully furnished rooms arranged into five suites with each suite containing a communal kitchen and separate shower room and bathroom. There are communal lounges, a games room, arts room and laundry. Residents also have access to free WI-FI and a fully furnished IT suite.

All residents have bespoke support and independence plans which enable them to work with their support worker and other agencies where appropriate, to address any issues that prevent them from achieving the targets and goal in the support plan, gain skills promoting their independence and build their resilience to maintain that independence within the community.


Alongside structured support sessions, in-house life skills training and educational programmes are in place, designed to complement the recovery process by rebuilding confidence and drawing on strengths in an asset-based way.

Fleet House empowers women to make better life choices and tackle the root cause of homelessness to ultimately move on to successfully manage their own home reducing future need to engage with statutory services living independently.