Lotus Sanctuary is a community interest company with the pure and simple intention of housing and empowering vulnerable women suffering a range of complex issues; from rough sleepers to domestic violence victims, sexually exploited women and those seeking to get free from drug and alcohol addictions. We equip our residents with the skills that are vital to leading successful, independent lives. Our houses are small with no more than four residents per property in order to avoid a “hostel” like environment, to ensure individualised support and to aid in the resident’s path to independent living.
Each resident is assigned a dedicated support worker who is tasked with tailoring an empowerment plan, assisting them on their journey with us at Lotus Sanctuary and beyond. Our support thesis is based around a holistic approach which is person centred; offering the residents emotional and practical support to aid the healing process and to solve on-going issues. We walk hand in hand with our residents in developing the skills and confidence needed to lead purposeful, contributing and joyous lives.
We currently have three houses which we have leased on 15 year terms. That will give us the capacity to re house 9 women starting from October 2018. We plan to use the money raised to fund the support provided to the women. That will include hiring additional support workers, paying for counselling sessions and sourcing other forms of therapeutic support. We currently have one support worker in a paid capacity and a team of volunteer befrienders who will assist in our residents path to independent living. We also need to raise funds to lease more houses, to give more women the chance to find safety from domestic violence, recover from drug and alcohol addictions and escape homelessness.
Our aim is to have leased 12 properties by the summer of 2019, to be used for the same purpose. That will involve hiring a team of support workers and having an in house social worker to aid in the rehabilitation process.
Our vision is to build the confidence of our residents over time, with view to them moving into independent living. We aim to instill a sense of community throughout our organisation, eradicating any barriers between staff and residents. We believe there should be no "us" and "them" attitude and our organisation is built on an ethos of there being no difference between the "helped" and the "helper".