Update from our teams
Hopefully, you are aware that we have 5 projects running under The Matthew Project banner, focusing on different areas of local support. All projects have continued to run during lockdown and face to face work is starting to resume in line with Covid19 safety measures. Read on to find out more about where they're at...
OUTSIDE THE WIRE currently supports 98 clients across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, plus a large number of veterans in custody in 4 prison establishments. They report that all current clients, including affected others, have been supported throughout the government imposed restrictions. Their telephone contact with clients has been so effective, that even after restrictions have been relaxed, some will continue working this way
YOUTH & FAMILIES continue to work effectively on the phone with a range of clients. They have supported 35 people by phone and zoom and are now doing social distance meetings with some of their more vulnerable young people. They've been doing mindfulness sessions that have been particularly successful
ON TRACK are working with 122 young people. In recent feedback 100% of them said that the Facebook group work helped them remain positive and supported their mental health. 95% said that Facebook groups provided them with opportunities to complete tasks and challenges. 90% said they felt less isolated and more connected with other people and 76% gained confidence by engaging and sharing in Facebook groups
UNITY made 3000 successful contacts with clients over the lockdown period which includes letters sent, messages left, and appointments completed.
They are immensely proud of all of the team during this time and have continued to receive very positive feedback:
“Before I engaged in the Matthew Project, I felt isolated and that I had no one to communicate with and no one understood me. I now feel that I can express the way I feel and my relationship with my family has improved massively... Emma*, You are definitely my favourite person I've been referred to as I felt as though you understood me and cared. I really appreciate all the help I have received and if I ever feel the way I did I will definitely get in contact. Thank you :)’’
NEXT STEPS RECOVERY SUPPORT PROGRAM have supported 40 members, including new referrals, making on average 27 outgoing calls a day, 5 days a week. They have put together and distributed 30 care packages with the support of financial donations. Staff from other projects and trustees were involved in delivering them. They also delivered 6 food parcels through the Norfolk Community Foundation Grant and have been able to provide supermarket vouchers and mobile phone credit plus activity packs to suit individual need
Well done to all the teams and our service users during this challenging time. Onwards and upwards!