Women who become homeless are often facing multiple challenges. Once a woman is admitted to Edel House, she is assigned a key worker who will get to understand the circumstances that caused her homelessness, and assess her needs before implementing a detailed personal care plan. If necessary, this worker will advocate and liaise with statutory and voluntary agencies on her behalf, to ensure the best outcomes are achieved for every woman and her children.
In addition, we offer a range of supports and resources working alongside women as they regain their independence. During their stay, residents are linked in with educational and social programmes to maintain self-esteem and build self- confidence and morale.
Our staff team, assisted by volunteers, provide a range of social activities and classes for residents throughout the year, including: Art & Crafts; Computers; DVD nights and cooking meals together. We have a play therapist based at Edel House and children spend time with her on a one to one and in a group basis. Children living at Edel House also take part in a homework club, organised play sessions, and visit other youth projects in the city to ensure they have a life beyond the shelter.
We have recently lodged an application for planning permission and hope to rebuild parts Edel House in order to improve our accommodation for homeless women and children.