Clean Socks may have only been incorporated as a not for profit organisation with charitable objectives since March 2017, but its work previously has been running for approximately 7 years, when landlord Kim Moore was approached by Gateshead Council to help offer emergency accommodation to homeless people, – mainly care leaves. This work expanded to homeless people in general as Kim became more aware of how big the problem of homelessness is. Life stories and events with both residents and support workers, who themselves had also come from a past life of homelessness, addiction and crime to become people who had accessed recovery and made themselves a better future, and were now employed to support others into believing they also have a better future. It showed that whilst many had tragic life histories, their past should not equal their future. To this end the prospect of an organisation specifically organised to help people have a future evolved, culminating with Clean Socks being officially launched in 2017.
Whilst other larger charities already exist to provide support for homeless people, this small organisation fills the gaps, making it essential for those people it helps.
Everyone to have the opportunity to live in their own home and have a sense of belonging; if they choose to
What Does Clean Socks Do?
Clean Socks works with other agencies to provide accommodation for homeless and those who find themselves socially excluded whilst assisting people to access recovery for addiction.
The Ethos of Clean Socks is to ensure that all individuals are treated with respect and dignity in an atmosphere of trust. We ensure that all contact and work carried out is Anti-Discriminatory and Anti-Oppressive in practice. We support people to deal with inequality and overcome direct and indirect discrimination.
Clean Socks provides accommodation and support services to Gateshead’s homeless and most vulnerable people. Our services focus on:
• Provision of emergency accommodation for those who are excluded from other supported accommodation units and homeless people
• Support residents to minimise harm from substance misuse and helping them to access appropriate recovery treatment
• Working with the criminal justice system to break offending patterns and help offenders re-integrate into the community
• Supporting people with mental ill health who are leaving hospital or facing exclusion from other services
• Supporting people to develop the skills they need to manage their own tenancies
• Enabling all clients to grow in confidence and develop appropriate life skills to manage their own tenancies successfully
• Provide a range of floating support services to help clients maintain their own tenancies, promote independent living, social and economic wellbeing and greater inclusion in the wider community.