The Protected Community
For some clients, recovery is a very long term process. Many years on the streets and old age means that external support is often difficult to establish. Many cannot return home – they have often lost all memory of where home even is. The Protected Community is designed to provide around 60 clients with their own community facilities. A group of cottages, built around a central meeting space on the edge of The Banyan’s rural programme hub in Kovalam provides an opportunity for clients to be part of a community.
As with the Group Homes, residential healthcare workers help to ensure that recovery is maintained. The residents of the Protected Community have integrated into the Kovalam community. Several of them have started their own businesses (selling food in the village) and many attend The Banyan’s Day Care Centre, and work as part of the Vocational Training Unit, learning skills and producing a range of interesting articles for sale.