Eden House

About Eden House

Eden House provides Day and Outreach Services to women involved in the criminal justice system. While Eden House has previously run Residential Services, these ware closed in March 2010 and there are currently no plans in place for these to re-open.

Pathways Covered

Attitudes, thinking and behaviour

Overview

The whole ethos of Eden House is built upon upon challenging and supporting women to address the issues underpinning their offending behaviour. This is carried through our interactions with the women here every day.

Through supporting women to consider the impact of their offending on themselves, those they care about & their community, many women are able to break away from anti social habits and behaviours.

Specific ATB sessions focus on improving self confidence, self esteem and motivation as well as developing consequential thinking, and self-control.

What we do

Tribal run accredited certificated programmes throughout the year on-site at Eden House; including:

Victim Awareness (Considering Others) - City & Guilds (Level One
- Developing assertiveness skills to be able to make decisions using self-control.
- We will look at personal rights & responsibilities of others in given situations, & consider how people's actions can impact on others.
- Understanding of the range of concerns, values and positions held by other people.

Personal Development (Tomorrow's Another Day) - City & Guilds (Level One)
- Develop self awareness &  build self-confidence.
- Understand stress, our response to it, personal triggers and coping strategies.
- Look at behaviour, the impact on others & develop a personal SMART plan.

Healthy Living - City & Guilds (Level One)
Develop a plan towards a more positive lifestyle - with particular focus on chemicals and their effect on the body; develop a balanced diet and discoer activities to improve fitness.

Citizenship - City & Guilds (Level One)
This course is designed to help participants become more positive and active members of the community- it focuses on rights and responsibilities of citizens, and developing positive social engagement.

It took me a while to get to Eden House but once I got here it made a big improvement in my life. I will carry on coming after my (FOSAR) days are done (Service User)



Where we do it

Eden House is a women-only service on the border of Bristol & South Gloucestershire.

How to access

We work with:

  • Women supervised by probation who are residents of Bristol City & South Gloucestershire Local Authority areas.
  • Women referred by the voluntary & community section within Bristol, who have a medium-very high risk of reoffending.
  • Women shoud be willing to engage and meet our eligibilty criteria.

Referral Information can be found here.

To discuss a potential referral, or for further information, please contact us on 03000 492164.

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Children and families

Overview

We know that some women can find it difficult to manage a family and work on themselves; work with Children & Young People's Services (CYPS); or deal with the grief of having a child fostered or adopted. Whatever the situation, Eden House can be there to offer support.

On-site creche facilities are available. Booking is required to ensure the correct staff to child ratio. (Further details are under "What we Do" below).

What we do

On-site Creche
Eden House provides an on-site creche for three & a half days per week (subject to demand), enabling women to attend the service to work on making changes to their life, whilst removing the issue of need to find appropriate childcare.

Sessions covered by the creche:

  1. Time for Me (Mondays)
  2. The Freedom Programme (Tuesdays) 
  3. Tribal Accredited Programmes (Thursdays)
  4. Mental Wellbeing Group (Fridays)

On a weekly basis the service also holds:

Stay & Play
Aimed at encouraging Mums to stay and learn play which will build developmental skills in their children.

Time for Me
Offers women with children the opportunity to have two hours for themselves. Children can be left in the on-site creche (booking required). The mums can meet other women, share experiences and engage in a variety of activities which develop skills which they can use at home with the family, or which boost self esteem. They can also gain support/ advice if needed from Early Years Practitioner who facilitates the group. Previous activities include cooking, arts & crafts, hand massage, sensory play, yoga and money management.

Additional Information
The creche, Stay & Play and Time for Me sessions are all staffed by registered Early Years Practitioners, employed by Little Hayes Nursery School and Children’s Centre. The staff are also able to support women to find local nursery placements, assisting in community integration.

Where we do it

Eden House is a women-only service on the border of Bristol & South Gloucestershire.

How to access

We work with:

  • Women referred by the voluntary & community section within Bristol, who have a medium-very high risk of reoffending.
  • Women supervised by probation/ IMPACT who are residents of Bristol City & South Gloucestershire Local Authority areas.
  • Women shoud be willing to engage and meet our eligibilty criteria.

Referral Information can be found here.

To discuss a potential referral, or for further information, please contact us on 03000 492164.

Healthy Relationships, Sex Work and Females

Overview

Eden House provide structure and a non-judgemental environment, to all women who engage with our services.

We run an on-site Freedom Programme, and offer support to women who have experienced/ are experiencing Domestic Abuse relationships.

We also work closely with One25, a specialist service which supports women involved in Sex work.

What we do

General Support

  • Ongoing support for women seeking to manage risk within, or leaving a Domestic Abuse relationship
  • Support to access the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Freedom Programme
The Freedom Programme is a group work programme for women who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. The programme aims to:

  • help women to understand the beliefs held by abusive men
  • show the effects of domestic abuse on children
  • help women to recognise potential future abusers
  • help women to gain self-esteem and confidence
  • give women information about community resources.

The course is a 12 week rolling programme and a woman can join at any point.

Counselling
Eden House works with Kinergy counsellors to provide weekly onsite one to one sessions, for women who have experienced rape or sexual abuse. These are very popular and do have a waiting list. Sessions are 50 minutes and counsellors can work with clients for up to 48 weeks. 

Sex Working
Eden House maintain good links with Bristol's specialist service, One25. We have the option of running sessions (such as personal safety) on-site as required. Staff can also arrange outreach to support women to access health & sexual health care.


Where we do it

Eden House is a women-only service on the border of Bristol & South Gloucestershire.

How to access

Freedom Programme
Women can attend the Freedom Programme at Eden House even if they do not meet our Day Service eligibility criteria, if they decide that this is the group which would best suit them. We do however ask that the woman agrees to our rules, and confidentiality declaration, which are in place to maintain the safety and security of all the women using our service. Self Referrals can be made by calling us on 03000 492164.

Day Service Criteria

  • Women referred by the voluntary & community section within Bristol, who have a medium-very high risk of reoffending.
  • Women supervised by probation/ IMPACT who are residents of Bristol City & South Gloucestershire Local Authority areas.
  • Women shoud be willing to engage and meet our eligibilty criteria.

Referral Information can be found here.

To discuss a potential referral, or for further information, please contact us on 03000 492164.

Mental and physical health

Overview

Eden House promotes physical, mental and emotional well-being through a range of activities.

We know the importance of exercise to keep healthy. We offer various adhoc fitness sessions such as power walking and exercise DVDs. The small gym has a variety of exercise equipment that service users are able to access. This all helps to maintain abstinence, improve self esteem and support mental well-being.

Outreach appointments may be offered to women who need support to engage with initial medical or dental appointments.

In addition, Eden House has a Mental Health Team funded by the Department of Health, Diversion from Custody Scheme. The mental health team consists of a Mental Health Project Worker, two part-time on-site Registered Mental Health Nurses and a part-time Mental Health Engagement Worker.

What we do

General Wellbeing

  • Support to seek and engage with health appointments
  • Haircut & beauty treatments available at a reduced rate, by appointment only
  • One to one appointments with a Holistic Therapist from One25 to help those suffering with anxiety, stress and depression.
  • Skin Camouflage consultationsm are offered twice a year at Eden House. The Consultations are with experienced practitioners who can support clients who have scars/ marks that effect their confidence and self esteem, to cover them.
  • Lightbox Positive Psychology art sessions are run through periodically at Eden House throughout the year.

Mental Health Team

  • One to one and group work support to more complex females suffering with mental health problems and who are at risk of offending.
  • Regular keywork sessions to assist with practical, motivational and move-on support to enable the service user to engage with all that the day service has to offer.
  • A worker who can support more complex women who are struggling to access services due to their mental health concerns; to engage with the services on offer. This can happen pre or post initial appointment to support
  • On-site mental health assessments to enable clients to access the right services either through their GP, direct to Secondary Mental Health Services or any Third Sector services such as Counselling.

Groups are targeted at solution focused management of mental health, and include:

Anxiety Management
This group focuses on those of us who’s struggle with feelings of anxiety and panic.  It’s aim is for these feeling to be less overwhelming and for us to learn management strategies that will in time and with practice, improve our sense of wellbeing.

Emotional Management
This group aims at those of us that struggle to cope with emotions, and therefore, have in the past, used ways of dealing with their emotions in ways that have not always been helpful. This is an opportunity to learn new skills to manage how we feel a little better and therefore to gain more control of how we feel and be less overwhelmed, in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

From Anger to Reslience
We  all suffer from episodes of anger, but for some it can be problematic. In this group we explore some of the reasons that we get angry, how to stop it before it becomes a problem and how to proactively be more assertive in dealing with conflict situations. This group will be a relaxed open discussion group where we can share our experiences and learn from each other in a supportive environment.

Wellbeing for Me
This group is aimed at improving your general well-being through discussion based learning and practical sessions. We will focus on areas such as sleep, how food affects your mood and ways of managing stress. Practical learning sessions are aimed at being fun – with cookery classes, holistic therapy & fitness activities.


Where we do it

Eden House is a women-only service on the border of Bristol & South Gloucestershire.

How to access

We work with:

  • Women referred by the voluntary & community section within Bristol, who have a medium-very high risk of reoffending.
  • Women supervised by probation/ IMPACT who are residents of Bristol City & South Gloucestershire Local Authority areas.
  • Women shoud be willing to engage and meet our eligibilty criteria.


Referral Information can be found here.

To discuss a potential referral, or for further information, please contact us on 03000 492164.

Education, training and employment

Overview

What we do

Learn Direct
Learn Direct run courses based around computer use which can develop skills in numeracy, literacy and IT, from basics to accredited NVQs. Eden House provides access to computers for training and homework and can support women to access free computers in their community

ETE Officer
Avon & Somerset Probation Trust provide an ETE Officer, who work with clients at Eden House to link clients in with Education Training and Employment opportunities. ETE work closely with Tribal and will sign post women upon referral to relevant agencies.

Client Leadership
Clients who are progressing well within the service, and are ready to take on more responsibility can fill out a “Client Lead Application Form”. Client Leads are given a comprehensive on-site induction, as well as access to appropriate training in order to run soft engagement groups on-site. This supports them to develop skills which will be useful for future employment.

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