“SWITCH has worked with us to engage and support vulnerable women in our temporary accommodation services. By bringing a range of free activities to our service, SWITCH has made them accessible to women who would otherwise not have accessed them. The sessions have offered opportunities for our tenants to enjoy learning new skills, socialise, feel less isolated and build their self-confidence. This is an important stepping stone to participants being able to take the next step and develop support networks for the future. The most disadvantaged in our communities would lose a valuable service without SWITCH.”

Pauline Byrnes, Team Manager

North Star housing group

“Nacro has totally changed my life.”

“I fully endorse the ‘Save our SWITCH’ campaign. This service has to be saved. There needs to be a realisation as to the invaluable contribution SWITCH makes to the lives of residents in Middlesbrough, whilst also recognising the huge costs associated should SWITCH be forced to close.”

More quotes from Nacro SWITCH service users

“SWITCH has got me out the door. I have anxiety and depression and don’t even like coming out of my house. But I get in a taxi and I come straight here.”

“I’ve achieved more coming here than in all my years.”

“I’ve got kids but you don’t want to talk to your kids about everything. You don’t want them to know everything. This place is a lifeline for some people.”

“The fact that we’ve got somewhere to go, it brings us out of ourselves. It gives you a sense of camaraderie.”

“Nothing is too much trouble here. We’ve all got similar life experiences but different at the same time. Nobody is judged and nobody is left out.”


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Find out more about recent visits to the project by Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, and Simon Clarke MP, and listen to recent mentions and interviews on the BBC Tees Radio afternoon drivetime show.