Residents from our women's refuges and three supported schemes for people facing homelessness, were grateful to receive donations of arts and crafts materials through an Amazon Wish List to help them deal with the difficulties of being isolated during the lockdown.

Josh from Parker House said, “It’s been something else to focus on, which is good as there’s not much else to do at the moment.” Other tenants, such as Jasmine, have developed their artistic skills through drawing.

Jasmine explained that drawing sometimes helps her to work through and express her feelings, which can have a positive effect on her mental health and wellbeing. Nathan from The Bridge is trying his hand at sewing, having received a sock monkey kit through the Amazon Wish List.

Learning new things is good for wellbeing, and he jumped at the opportunity to give this a go, even though he’s not done anything like this before.

A donation from local cross stitch company, Kits and Giggles, donated kits for Bridge resident Aimee, to work on during lockdown; she is now working on a larger cross-stitch project, which is helping to fill her time and keep her busy.

Also at The Bridge, Dylan has been working on fixing up a second-hand motorbike using the lockdown time productively. He plans to gain his motorbike licence which will be enable him to no longer rely on public transport or lifts from others to get to work. Whilst Bradley has been tidying up the scheme’s garden.

As well as creative activities, the Group has installed free WiFi at the start of lockdown. Lewis from The Bridge told us that it was really good having internet access in his flat, enabling him to keep in contact with friends that he has not been able to see in person. He said, “the WiFi has had a huge impact on helping tenants.”