Walk to Freedom

PARTNER

GP Bed Spaces
4

RESIDENTS 2020

Volunteering
Moved on into
independent living
60
%
20
%
"We love working with Green Pastures. This is the start of a beautiful future. We already have one house up and running and are currently looking to buy two one bed flats with Green Pastures."
Mark Clarke, CEO

Overview


The Walk to Freedom believes in its services and we challenge some of the more dated approaches to drug and/or alcohol dependency, training and adolescent antisocial behaviour in relation to serious youth violence, gang exploitation, knife crime and adolescent drug abuse. The Walk To Freedom is in a class of its own in delivering a quality service to the local community and nationwide based on the needs of its clients, not on what we think they need. Referrals are received from the youth offender and probation services, education authorities, corporate employers and self referrals. We were founded in 2011 and are run by a team of highly trained and qualified staff, many of whom are able to draw upon personal experience of conquering dependency. Indeed, our team's capacity to directly empathise with the complex challenges facing users provides our programmes with a unique. perspective. Our youth services work closely with referrals from the Children in Care Services, Education Authorities as well as the Youth Offending and Probation Services. Our operations centre is in central Luton and our services have nationwide coverage.

Achieved to date

We have also successfully seen young people returned to full time education, employment, a number of young people exit from antisocial behaviour, gang and knife crime and we have had  a very high success rate in young people who have stopped using recreational drugs or the abuse of them through our back door approach to substance misuse. Where there has been situations of  early pregnancy we have also supported young people through their drug use successfully that their babies were born healthy. Every single ex offender that we have supported has being reported to never have offended again thus far.  Being that we work with the social services and other council run youth services reports and updates are always updated on clients who leave our programme for up to or over a year. Over its 9 year history the Walk to Freedom has seen over 30 people find their total freedom from substance abuse as well.

Why we do this

By thinking differently with our newly designed and innovative programmes, workshops and mentoring, The Walk To Freedom  is in a class of its own delivering a quality service to the local community and nationwide based on the needs of its clients, not on what we think they need. From living in a domestically violent home to a life as a career criminal
Mark Clarke, founding CEO, finally ended up having to struggle with the challenges of drug  dependency for more than 20 years. He suffered in many ways, sometimes finding himself in prison or on a psychiatric ward. Finally, Mark found freedom during an intensive 16-month rehabilitation programme, which led to him discovering a passion to draw upon his experience to help others. Mark’s subsequent research and training led to him to working alongside drug and alcohol users to develop a pioneering approach to recovery that is focused on understanding the complexities of dependency from the user’s perspective. As a result, Mark and his team have been able to help hundreds of users by enabling them to explore the question: ‘Why do I use when I don’t want to use?’ Answering this question – with bravery and honesty – is often the first significant step in the walk to freedom.

Future plans

The Walk to Freedoms Kingdom Ethos is to think community and build globally where in our future plans we will continue to work with Green Pastures in providing homes for  those living homeless by setting up more supported accommodation. This is the vision of the Walk to Freedom to continue to follow God's plan by being obedient to His call and knowing that we serving his divine will.

green pastures review

We have a fantastic relationship with Walk to freedom who have worked very hard to fill the first property and are housing single men who receive a great deal of support throughout the week from Walk to Freedom’s Key Worker, Annie. Between Annie and Mark working with us on this property, they have been very punctual to sort out any housing benefit issues and ensure that care is been provided to the residents at each stage of the process. In Summer 2019, Rory from Green Pastures visited the property to have a barbecue with the residents and it was a fantastic time of fellowship to see the ways in which the residents are being supported and very much find the property to be their home and a place of great stability. Each of the residents talked about their aspirations for the future in terms of getting back into studies or work and this paid tribute to the great work that's been done by Walk to Freedom . Mark Clarke, the leader of Walk to Freedom and Rory are are currently looking at one bed properties to find move on accommodation for the residents from this house.

contact

Mark Clarke

T:

01582726039

A:

24-26 Rothesay Rd, Third Floor, Luton, LU1 1QX

location

GP BEDS

4

other beds

0

partnership est.

Feb 2017

CHURCHES INVOLVED

0