Community Support is a service that assists clients in a variety of ways. A client may be feeling that the issues they have are insurmountable.
Common issues for clients could be: Inadequate or no accommodation/ low income/ Work & Income debt/lack of resources/family disputes/domestic violence/sexual abuse/counselling/addictions/loneliness depression/suicide.
When one of our staff meet with the client for the first time and the client shares about their situation the Community Support Worker looks at the most serious or pressing of issues and discusses with the client how they can, together, address these problems.
During the first meeting an Action Plan is prepared to show the client what is necessary to move forward and to begin the process of change from what is not working in the person’s life.
At the next appointment, changes may need to be made or remain, depending on the progress the Community Worker and the client have made to that point.
Bread of Life provides a wrap-around support service for clients and the Community Worker may decide to refer the client on to one of the in-house team as appropriate. For example, counselling or for a Strengthening Families meeting. The client will continue to be supported by the Community Worker.
As Bread of Life staff work with many Social Service agencies etc the Community Worker may also use other agency resources and support to address the needs of the client.