5 of our Rochdale Service participants joined our new Sanctuary Trust recreation Committee.

Tasked with coming up with activities to help introduce the homeless of the Borough to new healthy ways to have fun, this group organised a Raft building event at Halinworth lake.

14 local men benefitted from this activity, special thanks to Bardoc to agreeing to fund it!

'I've never done anything like that before, the water was so cold but I don't care it was a great laugh!' (ID628)

Success creates success; these 14 men successfully working together to build a raft and had some great fun in the process. We believe it is activities like this that will help our participants see the value in team working and offer an alternative way of approaching life that promotes health and wellbeing.

Many thanks for all our supports in this work, may we continue to offer new healthy experiences that will help transform hearts and minds.

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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 STEP Emergency overnight provision. 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.