Elijah’s rest – Supporting Men

Held at our Althorpe Street centre between 12.30pm and 2.30pm every Tuesday, the Elijah’s Rest: Men’s Support Group offers a safe space in which men can talk, share and rest in an atmosphere of total trust and no pressure. 

Led by a qualified men’s support worker, supported by volunteers, the group offers support around the cause and effects of homelessness, including mental health, addiction and isolation.

Men from all backgrounds and circumstances can find refuge and an opportunity to chat, make friends and acquire a new hobby or skill.

The project is about connection and cultivating a sense of belonging. All the men that join us are welcomed into our community and become a valued part of it. That sense of community brings collective strength and purpose, and we all share in the joy when an individual turns their life around.

"Helping Hands and Elijah's Rest has brought structure and friendship into my life. It’s given me a hand up out of a deep dark hole full of loneliness and addiction. My life looks brighter now and I'm looking forward to a happy life thanks to the volunteers and staff at Helping Hands for their kindness, support and for not judging me on my past."

Meetings often welcome a guest speaker or involve a trip out somewhere. Sometimes the emphasis is on education, sometimes it’s just about fun…either way, the Elijah’s Rest Support Group is never dull!

“A hand up, not a hand out,” is the ethos that underpins Helping Hands and that is absolutely the case with Elijah’s Rest. Every man that comes to us has skills and attributes – we love to rekindle and nurture those skills and attributes. We provide opportunities for training and to get involved in activities and learn new skills and volunteer work.

Above all, Elijah’s Rest is a place to feel welcome and included.

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