AGS News

So much more than pods (part 2)

This is the second or a two part series

What we do

We offer in-house counselling to each of the ladies at the accommodation. This service allows the ladies a safe confidential, non-judgmental space to work through and process their trauma, to stop and reflect issues in their life they are facing that would stop them moving forward. To explore feelings of negative thinking and explore coping mechanisms. An opportunity to share with a professional counsellor, is an important part of the lady’s in recovery ladies can suffer with mental health issues, abuse and trauma. The sessions are focused, and goal orientated allowing the ladies to set small achievable goals which build up their motivation, self-esteem, and confidence.

Training, Education and Volunteering Each lady is encouraged to complete 15 hours a week volunteering, working, or training. Ladies this year has completed over 2040 volunteering hours. One resident has been volunteering in 2 charity shops over the last two years. One Resident is completing a portfolio for open university working on coding and has designed websites.
One resident is training to be a mentor some of her hours is peer support at the house she has signed up to do a peer mentoring course with the local drug agency.
Each resident is encouraged to enjoy a social life. 3 of the residents attend church. One resident is in a dance team. One resident organises trips to car show with friends around the country throughout the year.

Volunteering at Amazing Grace Spaces is important. We currently have two ladies who support residents at the house. They do a variety of volunteering taking the ladies of a coffee and a catch up. Taking them shopping. Taking them for appointments we want to grow our volunteers in the future.

We provide 2 members of staff 5 days a week offering 30 hours of support. We provide out of hours support when staff are not available for maintenance or if there is a crisis Staff fill in forms, register ladies with doctor and dentist. Staff provide one to one sessions and group work with residents. Staff have house meetings once a month and carry out room checks. Staff arrange birthday treats for each resident. We take ladies out for breakfast once a month, arrange outings through the year. Staff are there to listen to residents treat them with respect stand with them and provide a good standard of care.

Funding in 2022 allowed us to declutter and landscape the garden at Grace house. We have a lady who comes to the house to look after the garden she encourages the ladies to get involved in working with her in the garden getting them involved in the planning, tidying and growing flowers and vegetables. We were able to purchase a shed and a BBQ. Extra funding from Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity has allowed us to have a new kitchen the beginning of 2023 to lay a decking area and a roof will be complete.

Grace to Grace housing project In January 2023 Green Pastures purchased a second house for AGS (Naomi house) We are waiting to receive the keys for the second property in Newport to house more ladies.
Grace to Grace housing project offers change by: Stability – ensuring an environment of safety and support. Dignity – demonstrating genuine respect. Friendship – creating a compassionate community. Purpose – setting goals and sharing life giving experiences. Plan – working towards new opportunities.
What we will provide:
2 fully furnished and equipped shared accommodation One 5 bedded HMO Two 2 bedded flats 1 to 1 support with a tailored support plan to address individual needs Peer Support In-house counselling In-house groups Support with benefits Support to register with GP and Dentist

Further information can be found here