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Threshold NI, the Mental Health charity, is one of Ark Housing’s longest standing partners.

Threshold’s Mission is ‘to be at the threshold of developments in mental health for people at risk or recovering from mental illness so that they are enabled to live full and independent lives in the community’.

Through our development at Glendun House, Portrush, which opened in 2004, we provide 15 self contained apartments of supported housing provision for people recovering from mental illness. Referrals are made via the Causeway Trust and the Scheme is managed on a daily basis by Threshold on 5 yearly terms. Ark Housing and Threshold are now embarking on their third contract period which will take the Partnership through to 2019.

Threshold provides support services through the democratic therapeutic community model where the environment itself has a therapeutic function. With staff support provided 24 hours a day, residents of Glendun House can enjoy their independence in a secure environment and in full knowledge that support and assistance is always available. Participation and involvement is a central philosophy of the democratic therapeutic community model where the promotion of mutually dependent ‘healthy relationships’ empowers residents to be active participants in their own and others’ journey to independence.

Dr Raman Kapur, Chief Executive Officer and Consultant Clinical Psychologist of Threshold said: “The project at Glendun House, is for people with severe mental illness to leave hospital and live in the community in supported housing. It is one of Threshold’s most successful partnerships with Ark Housing.”

In 2004, the project was officially opened by Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Etta Campbell. Since then, the project has eased bed pressures at the local Ross Thompson Psychiatric Unit at Coleraine and provided a much needed service for homeless people with mental health needs in the North West area. Uptake on the self contained units has been strong with the project achieving between 90 and 100 per cent occupancy levels. Residents have also commented favourably on the quality of the accommodation provided by Ark Housing.

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