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Circuit of Bath Launch

2020 June 16 by

Julian House has launched its annual Circuit of Bath Walk, happening on Sunday 27th September, and is calling on the public to join them in stepping out and standing up against homelessness.

The sponsored circular walk, now in its 19th year, will see participants walking around some of Bath’s most beautiful countryside and surrounding villages, with spectacular views across the historic city itself. While the charity is encouraging as many people as possible to take on the full 20-mile route in 2020, participants can choose their own distance and start point thanks to the five checkpoints along the route and a free shuttle bus service between each.

Due to Coronavirus, Julian House has had to cancel or postpone all its other fundraising events for the year and until recently close its charity shops and bike workshops, which will result in a massive hit of over £200,000 to its income. Income will helps fund its vital services.

Senior Community & Events Fundraiser, Jess Gay said: “The Circuit of Bath is a really important event in our fundraising calendar – especially this year. Everything our participants raise in sponsorship by taking on the walk will be used to help fund our vital services, including our hostel and domestic abuse refuge, which have been in high demand during the pandemic and will likely continue to be as lockdown eases.

We are very aware of the situation around COVID-19 and will continue to monitor and follow the advice being issued. The safety of the community, participants, staff and volunteers is and always will be our top priority and thanks to the staggered start points social distancing can be followed if still necessary by September. We would like to reassure anyone who purchases a ticket to the event that they will have the option of a refund if the event has to be cancelled for this reason.”

Early bird tickets are now on sale until 30th June. £10 Adult, £5 Child and additional group discount for 10 or more people. Dogs are always very welcome.

Jess Gay added: “While participant’s entry fee goes towards the cost of organising the walk, every pound and penny they raise through sponsorship goes towards helping us support vulnerable men, women and children in our care. There is no minimum sponsorship target, but we hope people will aim to raise as much as possible to help us through this extremely challenging time so we can support as many people as possible.”

Further details and tickets can be found online at www.circuitofbathwalk.co.uk.

For any other details please get in touch with Community and Events Fundraiser Jess Gay on 07939055432 or jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk

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Children’s book in aid of Julian House

2020 June 16 by

Local mental health worker Helen Brian has launched a GoFundMe Appeal to help publish her children’s book about homelessness in aid of charity Julian House. After suffering from anxiety and seeing the devastating effects of homelessness, her book entitled Elvis seeks to spread a positive message while raising money for a good cause.

As a support worker in Bath, Helen has seen first-hand the effects of homelessness. Many of her clients suffer with low self-esteem, confidence issues and mental health problems. Something which Helen herself suffered with at university:

“When I left school 20 years ago, I think it’s safe to say that I had a very bright future ahead of me. I was a reasonably accomplished classical singer, a creative writer and got a place at university to pursue both. My dream was to study children’s literature and become a published author. I enjoyed my course and was doing well until suddenly, at the end of the first year, I began to experience horrendous and uncontrollable anxiety. I finally withdrew from my studies six months later, when it became apparent that I could not even sit in a lecture theatre without becoming overwhelmed and suffering anxiety attacks.”

After leaving university, Helen went on to become a mental health support worker and a mother – another reason which encouraged her to get back to writing:

“Last year my three-year-old son asked me to tell him a story and it was then I realised that my passion for writing was still in me somewhere and with his help, I slowly began to create my children’s characters again… I wrote this book to highlight the message that homelessness and other difficult circumstances can happen to any of us unexpectedly and through no fault of our own. I feel that it is so important to instil that message in young children.”

With homelessness now being a common sight in towns and cities, she hopes the book, named after the main character who is an elephant, will help children understand that homelessness can happen to anyone. But equally how an act of kindness, however small, can help transform someone else’s life for the better. 

With all the book’s profits being donated to charity Julian House, who support men and women experiencing homelessness across the South West, Helen is asking the public for support in helping her bring Elvis’ message alive. She’s hoping to raise £3500 in financial support to cover illustration, book design, printing costs and distribution and hopes individuals, companies and sponsors will get behind her message.

“It’s taken a great deal of courage for me to finally put pen to paper and put my work out there. I would love for it to be used in such a positive way.”

To find out more and support the appeal please click here:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/elvis-book-launch-for-julian-house

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9 year old Phoebe’s 50km sponsored run

2020 June 5 by

Last week, during the half term holidays, local schoolgirl Phoebe Pudsey-Dawson challenged herself to run 50km to support people experiencing homelessness and raise money for Julian House. With an initial fundraising target of £200, Phoebe smashed it by raising an incredible £840 for the local charity.

After hearing a talk at her local primary school in Marksbury about homelessness and how Julian House helps vulnerable people, 9-year-old Phoebe wanted to do something to help the charity during this difficult time. So, she laced up her running shoes and ran every day for seven days to meet her 50km target. She also wrote and delivered a letter to her local neighbours in the village to rally support for her self-organised fundraiser.

Speaking about why she wanted to raise money for Julian House, she wrote: “Sadly, due to Covid-19, charities have lost a lot of money because many fundraising events have had to be cancelled. Their [Julian House’s] work is critical at the moment as they help the most vulnerable people in our society. Self-isolation, social distancing and maintaining safe levels of handwashing is difficult for those without a home living on the street.”

A regular at the Bath Skyline Parkrun, Phoebe wanted to combine her passion for running with helping others, writing: “I am going to run 50 km (31 miles) in seven days. I hope to run between 5 and 7km each day. It would be really nice if you could sponsor me so I can help raise money for the hardworking and caring charity Julian House.”

Her personal letter proved a hit with neighbours and donations came pouring in, meaning Phoebe smashed her initial target to raise £840.

Jess Gay, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser at Julian House said: “I’d like to say a big well done to Phoebe. Not only running everyday for 7 days to reach 50km, but her idea to send a letter to local neighbours was inspired. Her personal letter was beautifully written and her level of compassion for others is incredible heart-warming, especially during these difficult times.

Due to the Coronavirus, the cancellation/postponement of our fundraising events and the closure of all our charity shops has meant we’ve predicted an income loss of at least £200,000. The money Phoebe has raised will be used to help fund our services, like our hostel, domestic abuse refuge and outreach, so we can continue supporting very vulnerable people at this difficult time.”

You can support Phoebe by donating to her Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Phoebe-Pudsey-Dawson

Or donate to Julian House’s COVID-19 Appeal here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/JulianHouse-CoronavirusFund

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Homeless: What happens after lockdown?

2020 June 4 by

Last week local journalists spoke to us about the future of people experiencing homelessness currently within our care. Many were asking, what will happen after lock down?

Since lockdown

Since lock down, we’ve helped 40 additional men and women off the streets into safe and supported accommodation. After a Government mandate and additional essential funding to acquire suitable accommodation for rough sleepers, we worked with BANES Council and partners including DHI, to support these vulnerable adults into accommodation sites in Bath.

Since having these extra accommodation sites, we have seen huge changes and an improvement in people’s mental health, a reduction in drug use and in some cases complete abstinence.

Daily support

We’re now working to support these individuals, with regular checks and support from our support workers, mental and physical health care support and daily delivery of meals and essential supplies.

BBC Points West got in touch to speak with two of our residents, Derrick and Patrick, our outreach team leader Becci Miller and PR & Fundraising Director Cecil Weir about what we’re currently doing, how it’s made an impact and what we’re trying to do to ensure no one has to return to the streets.

Future of homelessness?

It’s clear that long term, sustainable accommodation is key to eradicating rough sleeping. We’ve seen huge improvement in the wellbeing of the men and women in our care and that’s just within a few weeks.

With additional Government financial support, and a collaborative effort with our partners, we hope this can be permanent.

The effect of sustainable accommodation is clear and has been seen in our Housing First partnership with Curo and DHI. This has made a demonstrable difference to some of the most vulnerable, entrenched rough sleepers in Bath and North East Somerset. Read more here.

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Roper Rhodes donates PPE supplies

2020 June 4 by

A big thank you to staff from leading bathroom fittings’ company, Roper Rhodes who donated PPE equipment and masks to our front line staff.

Members of the New Product Development team at Roper Rhodes wanted to use the lockdown time in a productive way and raised donations and utilised their network of global suppliers to bring in vital PPE.

CEO Helen Bedser with the donated goods.

This was a wonderfully imaginative use a company’s skills and contacts to help front line organisations during this very challenging time. Because of their huge experience in sourcing products from overseas the Roper Rhodes team got in touch and asked us exactly what we needed. They then raised some funding online and set about sourcing these items.⁠

A big thank you to the team for arranging and delivering the supplies during this very difficult lock down period in double quick time.⁠

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Celebrating our volunteers this #VolunteersWeek

2020 June 4 by

This #VolunteersWeek2020 we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who help and support us across the organisation.

Everyone single one of you brings something invaluable to the charity and we’re incredibly grateful for your dedication and support. ⁠ Our work is very different right now and we’re simply not the same organisation without our amazing volunteers – with our charity shops still closed and services adhering to social distancing.

We’re looking forward to welcoming all of volunteers back as soon as possible.⁠ Here’s a throw back to last year’s Volunteers Celebration Evening ❤️

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We’re in need of cooked meals

2020 May 14 by

Calling food suppliers in Bath & B&NES. We need your help!⁠

Every lunch time in Bath we are providing meals for 73 people within our care. This includes everyone at our hostel and new supported accommodation sites for men and women with a history of rough sleeping.⁠

At dinner time, we also cook and supply meals for 26 people. ⁠

Are you able to help us by cooking a meal and delivering it to our hostel, on Manvers Street?⁠

Lunchtime meals need to be at the hostel at midday. Evening meals need to be at the hostel at 6pm. The meals then get split up and given to volunteer drivers who arrive at 12.30 and 6.30 to deliver the food.⁠

Thanks to our fabulous volunteer delivery drivers, including Sue (pictured on the right with Jordan one of our hostel support workers) we’re able to safely cook, or collect, and dispatch these meals at lunchtime and dinner time. ⁠

This could be a one off event, once a month, once a fortnight or monthly. Also this can just be during the current crisis or continue when things become more normal.⁠

Email rebekah.lusher@julianhouse.org.uk if you’re able to support us.

Thank you.⁠

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Make a Garden of Hope

2020 May 5 by

Every day at Julian House we support and care for vulnerable men, women and children. Some have been forced to sleep rough, while others have been forced to flee their homes as a result of domestic abuse.

Life can be challenging for people in our care, especially during this uncertain time. But you can help us make a difference.

Help us by making a Garden of Hope and spread some positive messages to the men, women and children in our care. Take a picture and upload it on social media @JulianHouseUK so we can share them with people in our hostel and refuge.

Make a Garden of Hope

Task: Make a Garden of Hope and spread a message of hope to the men, women and children in our care.

You will need:


• Toilet rolls
• Cardboard (you can use an old cardboard box)
• Paints
• Coloured paper
• Pens
• Crayons
• Scissors
• Glue

1) Paint all your toilet rolls green and leave to dry.
2) Using your templates, draw around your flowers, leaves and flower label.
3) Cut out all your flowers and leaves (you may need to ask an adult to do this!)
4) Using all your lovely paint, pens and coloured paper start decorating your leaves and flowers! The brighter the better!
5) Once your flowers and leaves are dry, glue the leaves to the front and back of your toilet roll.
6) Next either glue your flowers to the front of your toilet roll or using your scissors cut a small slit on either side of the flowers and slot them into your toilet roll.
7) Finally write your message of hope on your flower label! Be strong! Be happy!

Download Your Flower Template here.

Enjoy!

Donate

After creating your flowers, please considering making a small donation to our Emergency Fund to help keep our life saving services open.

A big thank you to Kate Woods Crafts for helping us with this idea and developing and creating the flower template.

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Indoor Ironman Success

2020 May 1 by

A huge well done and thank you to Paul Mussert, Sales Director at Smith Nephew, who completed the distance of an Ironman, 140.6 miles, in just under 6hrs 25min on his in-door spin bike. By doing so, he raised an amazing £1905 for Julian House.⁠

Paul’s helping us support vulnerable people who are at real risk during this difficult time. Underlying health issues, the rigours of a street based lifestyle and simple impediments such as no access to washing facilities, all means that they are particularly at risk during the Coronavirus. Likewise the difficulty of not being able to safely self-isolate is another major threat.⁠

On top of this, the Coronavirus has been a big threat to our services and our ability to fund them. So much so, we’re predicting an income loss of at least £200,000 – vital income we use to fund our life saving services. ⁠

Despite this, thanks to his support and the public’s we are making good gains. Our hostel and domestic abuse refuge is still open and still taking referrals, we’ve doubled our outreach sessions so we’ve got teams on the ground supporting rough sleepers and we’re working with partners to get as many rough sleepers into safe accommodation. Since the start of April, we’ve support 40 additional men and women with a history of rough sleeping into safe accommodation across BANES. ⁠

By taking on this challenge and raising money, Paul’s made a real difference in helping us do this and continue to support them. Thank You!⁠

Find out more about his challenge and donate to support him here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ironmanin-doors

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