From the Stratford Link Project

The following feedback and commentary has been provided by the Stratford Link Project:

“We have been very fortunate to have benefited from the professional services of Debbie Monk at our community based initiative, the Stratford Link Project, for over 12 months now.”

“The service Debbie provides is invaluable to our attendees who often neglect their foot health due to a number of internal/external challenges facing them.  She attends every 6 weeks to offer a drop in service where the attendees can access foot health care.”

“The service Debbie provides is totally free of charge which is essential as nearly all of the people accessing it are in receipt of state funded benefits, and therefore have minimal disposable income.  These services would most likely not be available to them through their GP’s and again some do not actually access statutory health services so it becomes another opportunity to promote good health with the aim of encouragement and support.”

“The Stratford Link Project’s core objectives are to provide vulnerable people in the community with choice and opportunity to enhance their lives, be active in the community and reduce negative behaviour.  It has been operating for nearly 3 years and continued to develop during this time to meet the needs of the attendees.”

“We have a flat which is open for people who are ‘socially isolated’ to drop in twice weekly where they can access a range of support services such as the Homeless Prevention Officer for Stratford District Council, Bromford Support worker (as we manage the project), ESH Works (who support people with addiction issues), Midland Heart & Coventry Cyrenians (rough sleeper support services).”

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“We have access to a vegetable patch for people to undertake positive diversionary activities, laptops for people to access the internet, song writing courses and the opportunity for bespoke activities based on what attendees want.”

“People can also access free breakfast style food, use the washing facilities and (it is) a neutral environment as opposed to statutory services.”

“The project is available to all but typically our attendees have suffered with significant challenges in their lives which have led to negative outcomes (such as homelessness, addiction issues, poor mental/ physical well-being, etc).  This in turn limits their opportunities and constricts them in to negative way of life.  We aim to help them access positive choices and opportunities to break out of this cycle.  Physical health is essential in this process, which is where the services provided by Debbie fit in perfectly.”