Going underground to reach for the sky! St George’s Crypt supporting most vulnerable to get back on their feet
16 SEP 2019
People experiencing homelessness in Leeds will move into new, self-contained flats this week thanks to St George’s Crypt and funding from Allchurches Trust.
While living at Regent Lodge, the 14 new residents who all have problems with alcohol dependency, will be supported to reduce their alcohol intake in a phased approach that supports their health and should give them the best chance of overcoming their addiction. They will each engage in tailored training, volunteering opportunities and health and wellbeing to support them on their journey.
Regent Lodge will provide a safe and supportive environment for people who would generally be turned away by other accommodation/hostel providers places due to their alcohol addiction, often leaving them in crisis and with nowhere to live.
At the official opening of Regent Lodge, CEO Chris Fields, said: “We understand the needs of this particularly vulnerable client group. People with long term alcohol dependency issues need tailored support, love, care, compassion and chances. They need a stable foundation and to feel included.”
Allchurches Trust grants officer, Peter Mojsa, said: “It was inspirational to attend the official opening of Regent Lodge in Leeds and to see the facilities this new building will be able to offer to people experiencing homelessness who are struggling with alcohol dependency. We were keen to support this enhancement of services for people in need that St George’s Crypt was committed to offering.”
Allchurches gave a grant of £50,000 to St George’s Crypt in November 2017. As well as helping fund the Regent Lodge flats, the grant will be used towards the construction of Hedley Chase - a next stage house aimed at moving towards independent living for those who have been homeless.
Martin Patterson, Development Director at St George’s Crypt, said: “We are so grateful to Allchurches Trust for their financial support for Regent Lodge. The scheme is a pioneering social housing project designed to a high standard. It will provide the ideal environment for the 14 residents in self-contained studio flats to begin a journey towards recovery from addiction and a major stepping stone to independent living.”