Inviting people in, helping people out…
Eden Gate exists in Newport for those who find themselves sinking, either because they have no home or because they are trapped by drugs or alcohol (or sometimes both). Nobody has to sink when there are hands willing to help.
The key to our programme is engaging those who can cope, to help those who can’t. We are well placed to do that, because our special relationship with Newport churches and their members provides a channel whereby anybody who wants to help is enabled to volunteer and engage with those who need help.
We are here to reach out to those people whose lives are held hostage by drugs and alcohol, and those who are homeless or not securely housed, for whatever reason. We partner with churches of all denominations to deliver our services as well as local front line services to reach those who are vulnerable and marginalised in society.
Recent statistics on drug deaths in England and Wales highlight the reality of the UK drug epidemic:
- There were 3,674 drug poisoning deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs registered in England and Wales in 2015, the highest since comparable records began in 1993.
- Of these, 2,479 (or 67%) were drug misuse deaths involving illegal drugs only.
- Males were almost 3 times more likely to die from drug misuse than females (65.5 and 22.4 deaths per million population for males and females respectively).
- Deaths involving heroin and/or morphine doubled in the last 3 years to 1,201 in 2015, and are now the highest on record.
Source: Office for National Statistics September 2016
Drug or alcohol abuse is often not the factor leading to homelessness, but it is frequently a factor making it more difficult to escape from homelessness. No two individuals are the same, but we do not see anyone as hopeless; we seek to help everyone back onto their feet.
Struggling with Addiction? We can help you break free:
We have experienced staff, some of whom have experienced and overcome addiction. Please contact us to arrange an informal discussion. Meetings are conducted in confidence, everything you tell us is confidential unless we feel there is immediate risk to the welfare of an individual. Our staff will support you every step of the way as you start a journey to break free from addiction.
Following an initial discussion with you, we will identify the best way for you to receive the support you need. We may signpost you to local agencies or we may talk to you about accessing help away from the local area. Please visit our Breaking Free section to find out more.
The rehabilitation programmes we use are between 9 & 12 months long however, once completed you will have found freedom from addiction and a new found passion for life. By completing and graduating the full programme you will give yourself the best chance of maintaining long term abstinence from drink & drugs and leading a happy fruitful life.
Don’t take our word for it, please see our testimonials page for real life success stories.
How we began:
Historically, Teen Challenge Newport had been reaching out to the Homeless/ Vulnerable/ Addicted of Newport for almost 20 years under the leadership and pioneering work of Stuart & Caroline Johnson. Through this work it was identified that Newport needed it’s own charity committed to address local problems. This was the birth of Eden Gate. Eden Gate was founded by Stuart & Caroline Johnson in November 2013 who were central to establishing the charity in Newport.
Eden Gate continues to carry out the work established by Teen Challenge Newport with dedication to address local needs.