What We Do
Bench Outreach helps people find and sustain accommodation and supports people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems to access treatment. We have four projects.
ACCESS TO HOUSING AND BENEFITS
Bench Homelessness Prevention provides signposting, advice, referral and advocacy to people who are homeless or vulnerably housed and people who have difficulty accessing treatment for drug and alcohol use or mental health problems.
Bench Housing First project places vulnerable, entrenched homeless people directly into self-contained independent housing and provides them with the support they need to maintain their tenancies.
THE EVENING SERVICE
The Evening Service is a partnership with The Bear Church in Deptford, running since 2005. On Sunday evenings, a team of Bench Outreach staff and volunteers, alongside members of the church, prepare and serve food to around 60 vulnerable and homeless people. Around 3,000 meals are served every year. The evening is an opportunity for people to talk to us about their housing and treatment needs and to receive signposting to appropriate services.
BENCH OUTREACH HOUSING (NYON GROVE)
Nyon Grove, our small supported accommodation project provides housing for people with low support needs and helps them access treatment, education, training and employment.