2019 has been a landmark year for Brighter Futures – as we celebrated their 45-year anniversary.
We have come a very long way in our 45 years of existence from our first service; a night shelter established in Stoke-on-Trent run by volunteers – before forming a small housing association called Potteries Housing Association. We then changed our name to Brighter Futures in 2006 to reflect the diversity of what we offer, and our ultimate aim to enable people to live fulfilled lives.
We are a very diverse company providing homes for people within Stoke-on Trent and areas of the West Midlands. We also support local communities to break down barriers and stigma that many people face.
We provide a range of services for adults who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of being homeless, a full spectrum of support services for adults with mental health issues and learning disabilities, people affected by self-harm and suicide related thoughts and the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline which operates 365 days-per-year.
Our Clubhouse Network model, which has in operation for nearly 20 years, provides both an open-door informal support approach and a networking opportunity to enable people to improve their mental wellbeing, learn new skills and meet new people.
We invited both residents and people working in Meir to celebrate the landmark with a free community lunch in November, with our hard-working staff and volunteers treated to a celebration and awards event on Wednesday 4 December.
Chief Executive, Helena Evans, says: “It’s incredible how much this organisation has grown in the last 45 years, and we’re all really proud to celebrate this landmark. What started as a volunteer-led project now stretches right across Stoke-on-Trent, parts of Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
“Every year, we support thousands of people to try to help make a positive difference to them. Many of our customers and tenants have described our service, as not only positively changing their lives, but in some cases believe that it has actually saved their lives and given them back hope for the future.
We employ more than 200 staff and volunteers each year and very much welcome applications from people with lived experience .
“For us now, the aim is to continue to do what we do well and make a difference, and to empower and champion our customers to have a voice, build on their strengths, thrive and we’ll see where we are after the next 45 years!”