Chandos House seeks £11,700 to take just one vulnerable man off the streets

December 19 2017
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READERS of Bishopston Voice are being encouraged to help Bristol’s only residential addiction treatment centre to save a life.

READERS of Bishopston Voice are being encouraged to help Bristol’s only residential addiction treatment centre to save a life. 

Chandos House provides support to some of society’s most damaged men; however due to government cuts, it now relies on fundraising to pay for treatment costs. 

The charity has 15 beds and recently launched its first crowdfunding appeal, so far raising over £7,000 of the  £11,700 target. However, it still needs the support of the community to raise the final £4,000 to take just one drug dependent homeless man off the streets this winter.

According to statistics from Homeless Link, the number of homeless people in Bristol has increased by 128% over the past three years. In the study, 39% of homeless people reported having a drug problem and 80% reported having mental health issues. All of Chandos House residents have experienced homelessness, and many have also experienced war, imprisonment and sexual abuse and are receiving treatment for PTSD. The charity has been able to support over 50 men in 2017.

Treatment at Chandos House is given as part of a therapeutic community. During their time at Chandos House, residents take part in group psychotherapy, art, music and yoga therapies and also enjoy communal meals. The aim is to help reconnect the men with their family, friends and in turn lower anti-social and criminal behaviour in the community. 

Comments that have been received from former residents of Chandos House include: “I’d be dead if it weren’t for Chandos” and “It is difficult to put into words the excellence of this wonderful establishment. James, the staff and residents make such a difference to each other. I believe that all rehabs should be based on Chandos formula.”

Kate Guscott, art therapist and Fundraiser said: “Twenty-five percent of the UK’s rehabs have been forced to close their doors since 2008. This deeply valued local gem, which has survived for 35 years, is in a risky position in these financially precarious times and we need the community’s support.” 

If you would like to help Chandos House visit https://localgiving.org/appeal/chandoschristmas/