Over the last couple of months it’s been a hard slog with us all working hard to meet the needs that present themselves at the project. The number of food parcels we distribute has remained high at around 120 per month – this number has direct impact on the demand for one to one support we provide to help people with the issues that have led them to crisis point. It’s been a mixed bag with a sad number of people suffering at the hands of relatives and partners.
We’ve had bereavement and serious illness to contend with too; a reminder that none of us are invincible. Our University placement student was right as rain one minute and the next she was taken into hospital with appendicitis with complications and since then she’s been discharged and readmitted with sepsis. We wish her well and hope she can return to work soon as we miss her so much.
The recovery cafe is now open 2 days per week due to the level of demand so there is hot food available now on Tuesday’s and Friday’s starting at 10 am. The volunteers do a fantastic job, the cafe provides a relaxed and welcoming space with access to other support and activities.
We have been able to continue getting to popular locations in the Pensnett area whilst out on detached youth sessions and we have met with young people we have known for some time linked to our football sessions. It was really good to be able to see them, catch up and tell them when footy will be restarting. The work at the Dell stadium has taken longer than anticipated and throughout the last couple of months some connections have been brief due to the colder conditions. In our conversations we have been able to talk to young people about school and exams, relationships and other issues that are important to them. We have been in the area doing detached youth work for few years now, Jen has been there all in all for about 20 years! Inevitably there are times when we see the adults who were once the young people we supported and it’s always good to see them. One of the nights saw plenty of activity despite the chilling -1 degree temperature. Wow that’s dedication. Great job youth team! We are now looking forward to getting back in the swing of football and our new multi-sport sessions. Bring on the better weather too I say.