Our work Work areas WLM The Haven WLM The Haven - Aims and Objectives The service will offer long term care and accommodation to men who have a present alcohol addiction and who are unable or unwilling to stop drinking. The majority of clients will have experienced homelessness in the recent past. A philosophy of ‘harm reduction’ will inform practice in the home. Residents will be free to consume an agreed amount of alcohol on the premises. The primary aims of the service will be to address health, dietary and accommodation needs of residents. Residents are encouraged to participate in activities that are of interest to them. Many residents will have long histories of involvement with the criminal justice system, by providing long term stable accommodation such episodes can be significantly reduced. Similarly, many residents will be frequent visitors to accident and emergency departments, by providing a safe environment the occurrence of traumatic injuries is markedly reduced. For some residents a long term objective may be to re-establish contact with family members who they have lost contact with over a protracted period of time. Rehabilitation will not normally be a realistic goal for most residents, however, where such help is requested appropriate services will be identified and a referral made. It is expected that for most residents The Haven offers long term accommodation as they are unlikely to be able to sustain themselves in a community setting and will have tried to do so unsuccessfully in the past. Although individual referrals may be assessed accordingly to need in most cases, a minimum age limit of 40 will usually apply.