Opening doors to change lives
The Isaiah Project came into being in September 2008 to help those who find themselves in a cycle of circumstances they cannot change without help.
- To help those in the community who need a helping hand to move on in life to change the circumstances in which they find themselves.
- To provide support to vulnerable and disadvantaged people to enable them to gain the life and social skills necessary to obtain and maintain independence in the community.
- To provide ongoing support and friendship, help with benefits, life skills, volunteering opportunities and accommodation.
The Living Room (at the rear of the Plaza Centre) is the venue for the first contact point with the Isaiah Project. The open sessions are:
- “Isaiah @ 9” – Monday 9.00am to 10.30am
- “Isaiah Open House” – Tuesday 12.30pm to 1.30pm
- “Isaiah Coffee Morning” – Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am
These sessions provide a great opportunity to meet members of the team who are happy to chat in confidence, even if just to give a ‘listening ear’. Support can be provided for a wide range of needs including filling in benefit forms, money advice, making phone calls etc. If the team are unable to help they signpost onto other agencies.
Housing and Befriending
To achieve the objectives, we provide ongoing support, initially through the open sessions, in order to build up confidence and help people move their lives forward. This support sometimes leads to the provision of housing where every person has their own ‘befriender’. At present the Isaiah Project houses 40 adults and 25 children in 38 properties. Our ‘befrienders’ (currently a team of fourteen!) see our residents on a weekly basis, visiting everyone in their own home, giving lifts to appointments with the doctor, helping with shopping etc.
The Project Shops
To help raise funds The Isaiah Project opened its first shop, ‘The Project’, in July 2009 in Southchurch Road and one year later our second shop opened, ‘The Project Too’. We now have a further two shops in Westcliff-on-Sea in Anerley Road and Hamlet Court Road and one in Shoeburyness at the Renown. Our shops are well known in the community and have tremendous support from those living locally. Friendships are built within the shops and staff make every effort to make customers feel welcome and have a chat. As well as selling to private individuals we work alongside Southend Council with the Essential Living Fund (ELF) scheme. We can also process applications for ELF for those who are moving into housing with no access to furniture.
Furniture Delivery & Collection
We use our furniture van six days a week for collection and delivery of furniture plus house clearances. If you have any furniture that you wish to donate, please call us on 01702 436417.
The Isaiah Project provides numerous volunteering opportunities. Currently we have 30 volunteers helping in our shops.
Check out their website to find out more https://theprojectshops.wordpress.com/
The Isaiah Project is a Registered Charity No. 1156428