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The Ferry Project 

Established in 1998, Ferry Project is an award-winning social enterprise and registered charity that helps homeless people in Fenland. 

The aim of Ferry Project is not simply to provide accommodation, but to give people the skills they need to enable them to live independently.  These include life skills such as cooking and cleaning, education courses, vocational training, volunteering and employment opportunities. The Ferry Project provides up to fifty bed spaces in Wisbech and engages with over three hundred clients per year.  They are the largest provider for homelessness-related issues in the district, engaging with an estimated eighty percent of those who find themselves homeless in Fenland. 

“Ferry Project provides a short-term interaction in an individual’s life when they have an immediate need. Once we carry them to their destination, they move on.” 

Keith Smith, Founder & Director of Ferry Project 

Clients include people with financial problems, people fleeing domestic violence, people recovering from a family breakdown or from drug and alcohol abuse, young people leaving the care system, those who have been sexually abused, ex-offenders and those with simply nowhere else to go. 

To end rough sleeping, it’s not a simple case of getting people into accommodation. It’s about providing an extensive portfolio of support and mobilising the correct resources to give rough sleepers and homeless people the tools and belief in themselves to achieve positive outcomes and long-term sustainable solutions. 

The first circadian lighting project 

The vision is to upgrade and update the accommodation and facilities at the Ferry Project, throughout all of the original 300 year-old building as well as later additions and annexes. 

The first stage of the vision is the building of an all-new accommodation unit to serve new needs before integration into the programme has been built with 9 purpose-built rooms with ensuite facilities. Destiny Haven is the name of this new unit, chosen to signify both a safe place and looking towards a future for those in need. The opening ceremony was held on 14th July and attended by Stephen Barclay, Secretary of State for Health and also the local MP. 

The design of the unit incorporates Circadacare’s circadian lighting with energy efficient lights that deliver natural circadian rhythm-supportive lighting 24 hours per day. The occupants will receive circadian stimulus through the lighting in the all-important morning times, whilst also eliminating the risk of circadian disruption in the evening and at night. 

The objective is to provide a naturally supportive lighting environment that is also a comfortable and relaxing ambience. People arriving at the unit are likely to be suffering from disrupted sleep patterns and irregular day/night cycles and the circadian lighting will help them begin to regularise their body clocks whilst starting their engagement with the Ferry Project.