Counselling Hours & Thank You For Supporting Us

Hi All,

For your information here’s the latest update on numbers of hours in the past month from each of the charity Counsellors is as follows.

Neil – 15 hours
Angie – 10 hours
Vicky – 35 hours

Thank you to all of those who donate to and raise money for the charity, your generosity and support makes a big difference to people’s lives.

The Somewhere House Somerset Team

New Charity Challenge!! Please sponsor Angie to jump out of a plane!!

Happy New Year All!

Angie has decided it’s a good idea to do a sky dive and raise money for the charity. Angie you are extremely brave (and some would say a little mad) for volunteering to do this but we salute your bravery!

The target to raise is £10000

Please give generously and if you’re a UK tax payer, don’t forget to select the Gift Aid box as the UK government will add donate an additional 25% of the donation.

To donate, here’s the link

http://www.everyclick.com/angietakestotheskies/info

Thank you for your support and good luck Angie

The Somewhere House Somerset Team xx

 

Drug Awareness Talk to Bridgwater College raises £150

We recently did a talk to Bridgwater College and they kindly donated £150 to the charity. The talk centred around drug awareness with real life experiences from people who have battled addiction…

This is what some of those who attended thought of the talk…thank you for your feedback….and for anyone who is looking at this for their school or college,  we hope this helps

“It was lovely to see that despite such a harrowing experience throughout her life, one of the ladies has still retained her personality and sense of humour. Her massive strength of spirit shone through.”

“This was the third presentation I have been privileged enough to attend. Each time I have felt humbled and impressed by their honesty, courage and strength of character.”

As a tutor, I was truly inspired by the strength and honesty of the guests. I will honestly never forget that session, and will use what I learnt when planning tutorials for other students. It was a privilege to meet people who have faced such huge challenges and overcome them. It was so very powerful. I had a brief chat with the students afterwards and they were all extremely moved by the session.

In 18 years of teaching I have never been to such a powerful, realistic and moving drug awareness session and during the session the whole group are re-living it and discussing the session.

 Some of the comments made by students were:

“It made it seem real instead of something that would never happen.”

“It was really sad but they have changed their lives.”

“I am never going to take drugs because I want a happy life.”

“It was a very educational talk and they helped us to learn more about drugs and to understand more about addiction.”

“The people talking were very truthful and honest about their own backgrounds.”

“The people were very brave to speak out and talk to people they don’t know.”

“They kept us well involved in the session.

“It was a very emotional, heartfelt and constructive talk. The people talking were very interactive with us and spoke admirably.”

“They helped me to understand how drugs/alcohol can destroy a life and not to be tempted to get involved with it.”

“They were very professional in the way they spoke and the way they controlled their emotions.”

“Very educational and explained the difference between legal highs and legal drugs”.

“Interesting, and a new way of learning about drugs and it was very effective”.

“Felt very humbled and how it is easy to get into drugs and hard to get out of them and also it was very real”.

“Very interesting and looking at the different drugs was very interesting”.

“Laying their soul on the line, lady only starting to live her life at the age of 42”.

“If they the speakers helped one person, they thought the day was worth doing”.

“Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them but it’s so easy that it can”.

“They have courage to come and speak to us in confidence”.

“Very touching of how they told their story, and shows how very quick it is to get on the drugs”.

“It was very sad. They have told us their stories to try to get people not to take drugs”.

“Interesting and intriguing. How it can affect them and their family and friends. Very personal stories of how people lose everything”.

“People take the drugs to block out everything but then they realise drugs can’t solve the problem”.

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Did you know?

Hi All,

We thought it might interest you to know that since launching just 5 years ago, Somewhere House Somerset has had over 5500 hours of face to face contact, be it on a 121 basis, with a family or at a school or college.

It’s quite staggering how many people have and continue to benefit from this worthwhile charity and a big thank you to all of you who have and continue to donate to us.

We really appreciate it and with your support, so many lives change as a result….for the better

Thank you

The Somewhere House Somerset Team x

Charity Jumble Sale – 12th November

We are putting on another epic jumble sale next Saturday, the 12th November from 10.30am-1pm at St Andrews Church Hall in Burnham on Sea!

We’d love to see as many of you there as possible and all jumble is available to purchase for just a donation to Somewhere House Somerset.

Likewise if you have any jumble to donate, please bring it with you and we’ll be happy to sell it on!

Please call us on 01278 780 769 if you need any more information

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Best Wishes

Somewhere House Somerset

Everest Base Camp Accomplished!!

We have exciting news!!

Dave and Kyle have returned safely from their epic adventure and we’re so proud to announce they successfully climbed to Everest Base Camp and the in the process, raised a huge amount of money for our charity.

Dave shared what an incredible experience it had been and that whilst gruelling and as you can see from the pictures at times, cold, it was a once in a  lifetime trip and hugely enjoyable and of course, rewarding.

From everyone at Somewhere House Somerset a MASSIVE thank you for all your donations and messages of luck and of course, to Dave and Kyle on this momentous achievement.

Here’s a few photos from the trip:

At the start of the climb

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A view of the summit of Everest

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Mission Accomplished – Somewhere House Somerset Boys at Everest Base Camp!

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Thank you again all for your support!!

Lorna’s running a half marathon!!

Our colleague and friend Lorna is running in the Bristol half marathon on the 25th September and raising money for the charity.

This is a tough ask and a gruelling race, Lorna you’re a heroine!! Please support her and raise money for the charity by donating on her Just Giving page link below:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lorna-kerins

Good luck Lorna!!

Charity Jumble Sale raises over £200

Over the bank holiday weekend we hosted our second jumble sale to raise money for the charity. The clients at Somewhere House worked so hard creating banners for the event at St Andrews Church Hall in Burnham and on the day, they raised over £200 for Somewhere House Somerset.

Well done to all who made it possible, all who attended, helped and donated and special thanks to St Andrews Church for accommodating us again.

A good day was had by all!

Table Eight Wedmore Fundraiser

Our friends at Table Eight Curry House in Wedmore recently hosted a curry night to raise money for the charity and Dave & Kyle’s upcoming trip to Everest Base Camp

It was a fantastic night, so well supported and of course, delicious food.

A staggering £800 was raised for the cause.

Thank you to all from us all and especially to Table Eight for their continued support and hospitality.

Recovery Service at St Andrews Church

On Fathers Day this year, with the support of St Andrew’s Church, we held our first recovery service at the church. This coinciding with the end of the recovery art exhibition which was displayed in the church throughout June.

The event was so well supported by everyone and special thanks to the clients of Somewhere House for their participation. One of the staff there, Rob, also spoke to the congregation about celebrating recovery and what it means to him. Our now legendary cake sale was also a huge success afterwards and a big thank you to everyone who attended, supported, donated and ate….cakes! We raised just under £200 for the charity. Amazing!

A big thank you must also go to St Andrews Church for their continued support. We really appreciate it.

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