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ECHO Open Day
Echo is one of Brighter Futures longest running services and offers mutual support for people who have experienced self-harm. The service which is available to people over the age of 18 and is based at the Dudson Centre in Hope Street, Hanley is holding an Open Day on Thursday 30th January between 11am and 3pm.
Self-harm can be defined as cutting yourself however there are many other ways people choose to inflict pain and injury on themselves including eating disorders, alcohol abuse, drug taking, burning and self-medicating. Many people who self-harm feel that self-harming helps them to release anger and tension, provide relief from painful feelings and cope with difficult situations.
Sharon Godwin, Manager of the service explains: ‘Echo offers customers a chance to talk and access alternative ways of coping with the root cause of their self-harm. The service provides awareness and understanding in a safe, confidential and supportive environment.’
At Echo customers can share their experiences with people who understand what they are going through. Regular workshops are run where customers can learn about new ways of coping and find out about other organisations which may be able to help. There is also an Echo helpline that can be used in time of crisis.
Sharon continued: ‘Echo can help in different ways depending on how the customer is feeling. This may be by discussing experiences in a group environment or in a one to one situation.’
If you or someone close to you is experiencing self-harm why not call into Echo House on Thursday 30th January between 11am-3pm to find out more about the service. Refreshments are provided and a warm welcome awaits! Echo House can be contacted on 01782 683192.
ENDS | Issued 23rd January 2014
***Thursday 30th January, between 11am – 3pm,
ECHO House, Dudson Centre, Hanley, ST1 5DD***
High winds and stormy weather is sweeping the country and plummeting temperatures are said to be on their way. In response to the forecast the Rough Sleeper Team at Brighter Futures are putting the finishing touches on ‘SWEP’ plans. SWEP stands for Severe Weather Emergency Protocol and exists to provide emergency support to rough sleepers in extreme weather conditions. The temperature must remain below zero for three consecutive nights for SWEP to be deployed.
Brighter Futures are providing four spaces in their direct access hostel 90 Hope Street in Hanley while SWEP is in operation. Camp beds sited in the public areas of the hostel are will be made available to rough sleepers to give them somewhere safe and warm to stay while the weather is at its very worst. A further three places will be available at the Salvation Army hostel in Stoke.
Jo Hall, Manager at Number 90 says: ‘We have been lucky with the weather so far this winter with temperatures staying unseasonably high. Now the temperatures are set to dip we need to make sure we are ready to support rough sleepers when they need us most.’
Jo will be assisted by a team of customers who live at Number 90 who will be meeting and greeting rough sleepers, helping them to book in and familiarise themselves with the hostel. Hot food, donated to Brighter Futures by local organisations will be served to provide warmth and nourishment.
Jo continued: ‘SWEP provision came about as a humanitarian response to stop people dying on the streets and is a short term remedy. Brighter Futures works all year round to help homeless people find housing solutions and we will continue to engage with customers who come to us via SWEP to find them longer term solutions.’
If you are rough sleeping or worried about someone who is please contact the Rough Sleeper Teams on
Stoke and Newcastle on FREEPHONE 0800 970 2304
Staffordshire and Shropshire 0800 015 1464
Warrington 0800 014 9344.
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