Halsall House

Sanctuary's Halsall House hostel is located in Rochdale town centre and was our first supported housing project. The hostel has room for 13 homeless men and provides a programme to help them gain independent living and take their place in society.

Whilst at the hostel, residents work closely with Key Workers who help them tackle the issues that have caused homelessness. These are often drug, alcohol and relationship based issues. Each circumstance is considered different and the emphasis is on finding the right solution for the individual.

Some of the key features that the hostel programme includes are:

  • Abstinence based recovery programme including drug and alcohol testing.
  • Personal action planning - the resident will create an action plan with the help of their key worker. The plan is written in the Management Console; software Sanctuary Trust have developed, which enables the resident and key worker to create, develop, print and review the plan and also gives a percentage indication on the front page of how the plan is progressing.
  • Personal development meetings - these meetings encourage goal setting and developing the resident's full potential.
  • Success Programme 10 units of training incorporating
    • Introduction
    • Emotional health
    • Relationships
    • Physical health
    • Healthy Eating
    • Independent living skills
    • Housing responsibilities
    • Housing options
    • Money management
    • Setting personal goals
  • Recreation - this facilitates outdoor pursuits, leisure and educational trips for the residents.

Each resident is treated with the utmost respect and dignity, and are encouraged to express their individuality.

Sanctuary's hostel intends to give residents all that is needed to attain a positive lifestyle, spiritually, mentally and physically.

The Sanctuary Trust is proud of the work that hostel achieves and the change in lives that the project has seen.

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Sanctuary Trust works with homelessness and homeless related poverty and emergency homeless issues. God's Sanctuary was the vision of Sheila Halsall after seeing the level of homelessness Rochdale and later the homelessness Conwy and the substance misuse such as Drugs and Alcohol. By Providing emergency shelter for the homeless in supported housing services funded mainly through Supporting People we assist other providers such as Shelter homelessness, Petrus and Stepping Stones who are also supporting people through women's and men's hostels and floating support. We also have a Nightstop (crash pad). With our work in Wales we partner with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as they provide financial help for homeless through emergency shelter and their Supporting People funds. There are different kinds of accommodation available but what is needed is good quality supported accommodation with a strong business and development plan. We have also provided consultancy service to help others move closer to an answer to homelessness. Our social enterprise company, Sanctuary Trust Enterprises runs Noah's Ark Play Centre, The Storehouse Charity Shop.