Welcome to Ara, an organisation that has played a big part in my life since 2006. It is an honour and a privilege to head up such a fast moving and forward thinking organisation.
With a great team of volunteers, staff, and Board of Trustees, for over 30 years we have been providing much needed and respected services to the most vulnerable people in our communities. All of our focus is on helping people make life better for themselves, their families/friends, and the wider community. One comment we received about our services summed this up for me:
“Ara helped me to go from helpless to helpful”. We can honestly say that recovery is part of our DNA.
We passionately believe that people can change and recover, which means not acknowledging or accepting that this is “as good as it gets”. We will do everything we possibly can to help people improve their functioning, wellbeing and quality of life, from whatever the starting point. We have hope and ambition for all that use our myriad of Supported Housing, Gambling, or Mental Health services.
We also know that the day we believe that we have “cracked it” is the day we have completely got it wrong, and that’s why we listen to all of the folk that use our services, looking for constant and continual improvements.
At Ara we know that we cannot have these great ambitions and do it alone, which is why we work hard to be problem solvers for our funders and commissioners, build trustworthy and honest relationships with our stakeholders and partners, and are ambitious for the folk we serve.
If you are looking for help, or looking to help, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we would love to hear from you.