Welcome Change is a social enterprise, which means it trades with a primarily social rather than economic purpose. Of course, we do need to make a surplus to ensure that Welcome Change is a sustainable enterprise, able to carry on helping as many people as possible, but making money is not our main concern.
Welcome are a registered charity that offers a wide range of support services to individuals whose drug and alcohol use has become problematic, as well as to their families, friends and professionals who need to be drug and alcohol aware. Welcome Change offers the next stage in the recovery process, supporting people who have successfully overcome drug or alcohol dependency to rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society.
Changing Lives Through Enterprise
Welcome Change is all about making a difference – to individuals, groups and communities. We are planning to expand our activities and enterprises in the year ahead and reach out beyond the areas in which we currently operate.
Our aims are to:
• Support recovery in the community
• Help people into work – through work experience placements, volunteering opportunities and job creation
• Create a vibrant community focal point for the places in which we operate
• Build confidence and improve skills
• Provide high quality, safe, environments in which people can enjoy both work and leisure time
In 2009 Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS), a partnership of organisations in Solihull delivering all the drug and alcohol services in the Borough, applied for a capital grant from the National Treatment Agency (NTA) to invest in the development of a ‘recovery centre’ for people coming out of treatment, but still in need of support with re-building their lives.
SIAS is a partnership between Welcome charity, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT), Aquarius and Changes UK. Its application to NTA was successful and Welcome was tasked with leading on the project on behalf of SIAS.
Welcome set up Welcome Change CIC to deliver the project and sought the lease of a hall attached to All Saints Church in Shard End. The lease having been agreed, the hall was refurbished and opened in December 2013 as the new Welcome Change Community Centre and Cafe. The ground floor is now open to the public. The first floor of the building is a Hub where people from Solihull and Birmingham who are in recovery can meet, attend peer support groups, socialise and continue to receive the support they need from SIAS partners to sustain their recovery back in the community.
One of the most important aspects of remaining in recovery is having a job. Welcome Change CIC, which now also runs Welcome Charity Shops in Shard End and Lea Village, offers a range of volunteer positions and training opportunities to people in recovery to increase their employability. Volunteer positions are also available for people living in the local communities.
WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
If you have any feedback on our existing activities or ideas for additional activities email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.