The Resident Recognition Scheme has been in the pipeline for several months. The addition of these extra funds is the ideal platform to kick start the initiative. The scheme rewards Gateway residents that make positive changes, engage with programmes and take steps towards move-on accommodation. The recent donation means that funds are available to reward the next seven residents as they move into supported accommodation.
Earlier this month, Gateway resident Nick Thompson became the first person to benefit from the new scheme. Having been homeless for two years and after overcoming addictions spanning 25 years, Nick was referred to Gateway last year. Following almost 10 months living at Gateway, Nick has made enormous progress. So, when a move-on apartment became available, the team were quick to offer the accommodation to Nick. After some initial hesitation, Nick seized the opportunity and continues to make huge strides towards securing his own tenancy. Nick’s next goal is to secure employment and, following his positive experience, he has set his sights on a mentor role with Gateway.
‘The resident recognition scheme is a great way of highlighting just how successful you’ve been and how far you’ve come. The scheme acts as a reward to recognise what residents, like myself, have achieved. I’m putting the money towards a TV, It’ll give me something to do and keep my mind active. I’m pleased to be the first recipient and hope I can inspire others to make positive changes.’ – Nick Thompson
Following his move, Nick has become incredibly house proud and admits an unexpected new obsession, Febreze!
‘Nick came on so far in his recovery while being at Gateway, the next positive step was the move on property where he could develop the skills to eventually live independently. While in the move on property, we will support Nick to set up, budget and pay his bills while also working on his personal development to eventually volunteer and then possibly into employment at Gateway. Nick has taken a lot of pride in his new property and is very grateful to Gateway for all the support and opportunities he has received.’ – Lisa Burke, Floating Support Officer