How we help
Almost all our clients have a history of crime and addiction which has severely affected them, their families and the wider community. We enable these men to break this cycle of addiction, crime and imprisonment, and provide the professional and life changing support required to secure a new future. The national average for remaining abstinent for a year is 30%; at Nehemiah 67% of residents remain abstinent. Nearly 50% of released prisoners reoffend within 12 months and for London prisons this figure increases to 60%. At Nehemiah, as far as we know, 5% of the men we have worked with in the last five years have reoffended.
Supported Housing Programme
'We are not just a hostel, we are a community'
When men come out of prison there are endless opportunities for them to slip back into previous patterns of drug-use and crime if they are not offered appropriate advice and support. 80% of men who join our Supported Housing Programme come directly from prison.
We have three houses in South London and are able to provide 17 men at a time with practical and emotional support, giving them an increased chance of staying free from drugs and crime. Men initially need help to manage day-to-day practical issues, while at the same time, coping with staying off drugs and away from crime.
Our Supported Housing Programme has two stages; ‘A New Future’ and ‘Move-on’.
Stage One: 'A New Future'
In 2013, we improved the first stage of our Supported Housing Programme by introducing a 12-week programme each weekday morning, focusing on recovery and resettlement through process groups and educational sessions. We encourage the participating cohort to work through issues together, sharing experiences, challenging one another and resolving conflict. This has helped build resilience to increase the men's ability to cope with the day-to-day social, emotional and practical pressures.
‘A New Future’ focuses on these areas of the individuals lives –
- Accommodation and support
- Education, training and employment
- Drugs and alcohol
- Finance, benefits and debt
- Family and children
- Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
Stage Two: 'Move-On'
At this stage the men receive support that mainly focuses around finding employment, education and training, rebuilding family relationships, dealing with life stressors while remaining abstinent and finding suitable and stable future accommodation.