Our mission is to empower the people we support to set their own goals and vision, realise their full potential and live free from discrimination, equipped with the confidence and skills to contribute to the communities in which they live.
Established in 1992 as the Dudley HIV and AIDS Support Helpline; the charity incorporated as a private limited company and became Summit House Support Ltd in 2005.
At Summit we work with a number of diverse communities supporting people in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, people living with HIV and the LGBTQIA communities. All of the people we support suffer multiple disadvantages, many come from the most deprived communities and often face discrimination and social exclusion in their day to day lives.
Summit uses a recovery model approach; in practice this means that we focus on an individual’s potential and their journey rather than a standard or pre-set outcome. This journey focuses on developing acceptance and responsibility, security and safety, emotional well-being, supportive relationships, coping skills, empowerment and social inclusion.
Out of our building in the heart of Dudley and through regular outreach, our staff and volunteers provide practical 1:1 support and run group sessions/ workshops providing information on a range of topics including money management, living well, healthy relationships and returning to work/education.
As well as practical activities we organise social activities that have a therapeutic affect and help our groups to integrate, reducing isolation and improving their mental health. These include art groups, cook and eat sessions, gardening, yoga, zumba and mindfulness.
Currently we have over 700 registered customers who together with their families and friends access different levels of the service dependent on their needs at the time – everything from our regular monthly newsletter to focused 1:1 counselling.
During 2015/2016 Summit delivered 1345 individual interventions; and on average 40 people per month attend our peer support drop-in.