Participation in activities can offer many benefits to people recovering from homelessness. Activities can add structure to people's days, helping them to develop confidence, self-esteem and social skills, as well as skills that may increase their employability and readiness for work. Activities can be key in reducing feelings of boredom and loneliness, and can act as a catalyst, motivating people to make positive changes. Perhaps most importantly, activities can greatly improve well-being and quality of life for individuals who may have experienced extremely traumatic events or be facing a great deal of stress. Whether benefiting from physical activity on the sports pitch, or therapeutic activity in the art room, activities should not be underestimated in their positive impact on the lives of vulnerable people.
We have developed a five-step Planning Pathway to support staff looking to start, develop, improve and perfect their activities programme. In every phase of this pathway it is vital that clients be engaged and motivated to lead and take part.
The five areas are outlined in the sections below: Consulting, Scoping, Resourcing, Launching and Reviewing. We also cover some of the Key Principles that lead to successful activities projects and some case studies to inspire and inform your delivery. Homeless Link ran two webinars which give further training and information on using the Planning Activities Pathway in your service.