Our Model of Engagement

We engage people in community who haven't been engaged before. We help people access help for their wellbeing who have never accessed services before, and we help release the amazing potential for people who never thought they had any!

This is what it means to be a place where people become the best versions of themselves!

We work with some of the most disengaged people in our city, and so we recognise each person's journey to release their potential is unique. So, we give as many different ways as we can for people to ‘test the water’ of what it means to be in a healthy, supportive community, and what it looks like to grow in these different areas of their life. This is part of what it means to be truly person centred.

Our logo is a Star - representing the potential we want to see released in every person. But there are also many layers to our star: as we give many ways for people to gradually move closer to the centre of community, growing in all areas of their wellbeing.

People start from the outside and move towards the centre. It is not enough to just invite people in to community, you have to reach out and get them! You have to make it easy for people to ‘dip their toe in the water’ and get a feel for it. The biggest barrier for most people is trust, so building trust in community is the first and most important thing we do. So we run lots of non-threatening social activities for different groups: like Art Activities, Learning Disability Discos, and Coffee Mornings. We want people to feel safe in giving community a try. 

Over time people feel more confident, and we can help each individual go on a journey to grow in many different aspects of their life. Sometimes that is encouraging someone to try out a second social activity. It might also be connecting them with a course to look at: relationships, healthy lifestyles,  employmentconfidencehygiene or budgeting. As people do this they move from the outside star to the inside one: closer to becoming the best version of themselves.

We then see people become truly part of the Treasure Seekers family. Having got to know a community of people and gained lots of new skills and developed their talents, we offer a chance for people to contribute.

A key part of being a social enterprise, and not a charity, is that we want to give people the chance to give back too! We have hundreds of volunteering opportunities, where people continue to grow, but also become part of the team - working with us to make Treasure Seekers happen. We also help people to contribute in other ways, like sharing their talents at a performing arts show or moving in to employment elsewhere.

This is what it takes to reach out to the 'hardest to reach', and to be a place where people become the best versions of themselves!