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Good luck to our Kilimanjaro Challengers

2020 January 24 by

In exactly two weeks times, 11 local men and women will be embarking on the trip to Tanzania to climb the tallest mountain in Africa all in aid of Julian House.

For months, they’ve been training and fundraising as hard as they could, all with full time jobs, families and Christmas in the middle.

The team, made up of two men and nine women, will be climbing the mountain across three and a half days, camping in tents on the way up. Their ascent will take them across Kilimanjaro’s rich montane forests filled with amazing flora and fauna, across its other-worldly high altitude desert, past Kilimanjaro’s cathedral high glaciers, before reaching the crater’s rocky rim and summiting the iconic Uhuru Peak, 5896 metres high.

They will descend over the course of one and a half days before reaching the bottom and returning home for a well deserved rest.

It’s a huge feat and the team have been working incredibly hard to get prepared. They’ve done amazingly well and we’re wishing them all the best for their trek.

If you’d like to register your interest for our next Kilimanjaro trek, please do so here: https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/support-us/fundraising-event/kilimanjaro-challenge.htm

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Prize for top fundraiser at Big Bath Sleep-Out

2020 January 24 by

In 2019, we saw some top-notch fundraising at the Big Bath Sleep-Out. 10-year old Will Back raised an amazing £2,500 with Maria Kestell being not far behind on £1,845.

Thanks to everyone who attends and everyone who raises funds we’re able to do so much more to support the vulnerable men and women within our care. It means we’re not only able to provide essential housing, clothes, food and care, but continue supporting them on their journey to education, volunteering and employment.

At this year’s Big Bath Sleep-Out, happening on Friday 6th March at Alice Park, we thought we’d celebrate our top fundraisers by awarding prizes to those best in category. 

There are three prizes up for grabs:

  • Top corporate/community group (Prize to be confirmed)
  • Top family (Prize to be confirmed)

You can sign up to the Big Bath Sleep-Out for free here and start your fundraising journey. It makes for an incredibly memorable experience with family, friends or colleagues and directly supports those forced to sleep out every night with no choice.

For any fundraising tips and ideas please contact Jess on jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk

Good luck everyone!

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Public urged to support Winter Appeal

2020 January 21 by

Organisers of the annual Julian House Christmas appeal are keen to remind the public that even though Christmas has gone, homelessness is still very much here.  The campaign total stands at just over £146,000 – well short of the £160,000 target. With only 10 days to go there is concern that people will think that the need for support is over. 

Traditionally the appeal has a flurry of gifts straight after the New Year as proceeds from events and carol services etc are sent to the charity but this year things have been a bit slower. 

Cecil Weir has been running the campaign for the last 19 years and has seen various patterns of giving over that time – “The weather can have an impact.  Media coverage too can be very influential.  People’s lives are busy and if superficially they think that homelessness is just a winter problem then you can understand why they might not dig out that appeal leaflet that they’ve picked up or follow a prompt to Just Giving. 

Julian House offers support for some of the most marginalised members of society – not just changing lives, but often saving them.  The Manvers St hostel, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is often the starting point in their journey off the streets.  From there we aim to place them in sustainable and appropriate accommodation as quickly as practical, either within our own resources or with a housing association or private landlord.  Sometimes that takes a few months – sometimes much longer. That’s why the public’s support is vital all year round.” 

Notwithstanding these challenging times, Cecil Weir is emphatic that Julian House will continue  to keep its clients’ wellbeing at the centre of all they do – “We are always trying to achieve swifter outcomes for them, developing new services/accommodation options and chipping away at the prejudice which still exists towards homelessness in many areas of society.” 

Donations to the campaign can be made on the Julian House Appeal page here or by posting a cheque to 55 New King St, Bath, BA1 2BN (payable to Julian House). 

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We are hiring!

2020 January 14 by

We are looking for a Senior Community & Events Fundraiser to join our small but growing team covering Bath and Wiltshire. Join us to build skills, deliver a successful fundraising events calendar, work on a range of fundraising initiatives and expand community fundraising.

This is a great opportunity for a fundraiser to broaden their experience and make their mark with a rapidly growing, highly respected charity.

Salary: £25,000 Per Annum
Hours: Full time – 40 hours per week
Contract: Permanent
Location: New King Street, Bath (covering the area of Bath and Wiltshire). 
Closing Date: Monday 27th January ’20 (12 noon)

Julian House is a forward thinking charity, committed to helping socially excluded people receive the help they need and deserve, to get back on their feet.

New services, successful contract bids and mergers with other organisations have contributed to significant growth over the past six years.  The geographical spread of our projects now extends across Basingstoke, Wiltshire, B&NES, South Glos, Somerset, Dorset and into Devon.Julian House already enjoys a good breadth support from most of the communities where it operates.  The post holder will work alongside existing donors in B&NES and adjacent counties – as well developing new strands of support and advocacy.

Benefits:

  • Cash health care plan
  • Up to 26 days annual leave (depending on length of service)
  • Employer pension contribution (up to 6% of your gross salary)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Staff Award Scheme
  • 20% Discount at Julian House Shops

Julian House has a supportive culture, providing regular supervision and line management alongside externally facilitated reflective practice which enables staff to look after their own health and well-being whilst giving their best in their roles.

To Apply:


Please apply via the job listing here.

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Richard’s Story

2020 January 8 by

Richard had spent a lot of time in and out of prison over the last 20 years. Although life outside has been challenging at times, he has now been out of prison for the longest period in years.

Richard was released in February following several drug and alcohol related offences. During his time in prison he made good progress in addressing his erratic behaviour. This stemmed from a childhood trauma – leaving him incredibly anxious, depressed and vulnerable. He also received support for his mental health issues. Following his release it wasn’t until May that he joined the Julian House Prison Resettlement Programme.

Over the past seven months he has engaged with a variety of support networks to improve his mental health and abstain from drugs and alcohol. For example, linking up with First Light, who provide support for people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. Also, Headspace, a drop-in service for people approaching a mental health crisis.

With this support Richard has managed to withdraw completely from his Methadone script and has not relapsed into his alcoholism. Thankfully the stability which Julian House supported accommodation offers, has allowed Richard to move on from a shared property to a one of our flats in Devon. In this way he has proved that he will be capable of independent living when he moves on from our service in a few months.

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Sam’s Story

2019 December 19 by

Until Sam was imprisoned, he had always been employed and worked hard.  He eventually set up his own business which he ran for many years before being convicted of a minor offence.

Towards the end of his sentence, Sam was identified as vulnerable to becoming homeless as he was unable to return to his hometown upon release. Sam was accepted onto the Julian House Prison Resettlement scheme, a service which supports those offenders deemed as high risk of becoming homeless upon release and re-offending.

Thanks to the work of the Prison Resettlement Team, on the day of his release Sam was able to move into a temporary home.  Now, after a relatively short period of time, Sam has moved on from supported accommodation and lives in a private rented flat. He has bought a car and is actively looking for employment. 

“I’m looking forward to Christmas in my new home and excited for what 2020 will bring.”
– Sam.

It is important to ensure individuals, who would ordinarily have been homeless on leaving prison, have somewhere to go and support set up when they arrive. This positive start to life on the outside means the move to longer term accommodation – without the need to offend – is as smooth as it can be, maximising the opportunity for clients to make positive life choices.

The Prison Resettlement team also help with necessities in the job application process, such as suitable interview clothes and transport.  Determined to find employment, Sam worked closely with his case support worker. He has been able to secure many interviews and the team are confident he will find employment soon.

Through the provision of accommodation and support we can reintegrate offenders back into mainstream society – which has a positive impact on reducing crime. Julian House helps to tackle the root causes of some crimes by reducing levels of rough sleeping, substance misuse and ensure clients have a chance to exit past, damaging lifestyles and make a positive contribution to society.

The determination Sam has for making a new life for himself means his supported accommodation is now available for another client to enter the scheme and benefit from all the Julian House Prison Resettlement Team offers.

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Our 2019 Christmas Appeal

2019 December 9 by

Julian House Christmas Appeal

You can help change a life this Christmas – please support our vital work and donate to our 2019 Christmas Appeal

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Bath restaurants join scheme to help homeless

2019 November 12 by

Bath restaurants and hotels including the Mint Room, The Art Bar, Dukes Hotel, The Pump Room, The Scallop Shell, Eight in Bath and Castle Farm, Midford have signed up to participate in the innovative StreetSmart initiative this winter to support homeless charity Julian House.

The national scheme has raised over £9.5 million for homeless charities since it launched 20 years ago.

The idea of the scheme is simple. During November and December, valuable funds will be raised for Julian House courtesy of a voluntary £1 donation added when diners request their bill, or stay, at participating restaurants or hotels. All StreetSmart’s running and operational costs are generously paid for by its sponsors, meaning every penny in every £1 raised goes directly to the people who need it. The scheme is endorsed by some of the country’s restauranteurs including Marcus Waring and Angela Hartnett, as well as Stephen Fry.

Funding Manager Cathy Adcock, with Moe and team from The Mint Rooms.

Moe Rahman, Managing Director of Mint Room in Bath & Clifton explains why they have been involved with StreetSmart for several years “While the period between now and Christmas will see huge numbers of diners heading out for meals, it will also see the temperatures drop to life threatening levels for rough sleepers. StreetSmart is a great initiative to come together and ask customers to add just £1 to their bill during the party season seems the least we can do. It’s a simple and easy initiative to operate and there is no pressure if diners do not want to donate”  

Castle Farm Midford is taking part in the scheme.

Julian House Fundraising Manager Cathy Adcock explains how the scheme works for diners, as well as benefiting Julian House. “I get asked a lot by members of the public about how they can help someone sleeping on the streets, without giving out cash directly. The StreetSmart scheme gives the public the choice of donating as little as £1 knowing that their donation will go to a local charity who is supporting homeless men and women right on their doorstop. The cumulative benefit of the StreetSmart Scheme could be huge, allowing Julian House to provide not just accommodation, but much needed support to some of the most marginalised members of society. Our thanks got to all the restaurants and hotels you have got behind this valuable scheme”

If your business would like to join, there is still time. Find out more by emailing jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk or calling 07939 055432

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Mint Rooms – @TheMintRoom

Art Bar at The Abbey Hotel – @artbarbath  

Dukes Hotel – @DukesBath

Castle Farm Midford – @castlefarmmidford

The Scallop Shell – @scallopshell

The Pump Rooms – @SearcysBath

Eight in Bath  – @eightinbath

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Homelessness & the Digital Age

2019 November 11 by

Homelessness is an extremely isolating and desperate situation. Whilst never chosen, it can be very difficult to escape. Just imagine feeling that isolation and vulnerability and then not being able to do anything about it.

Digital Skills and Social Inclusion

Digital skills are an increasingly key part of social inclusion. Being able to connect with friends and family, find information about services, pursue hobbies and interests, and use services like banking and job search all have significant benefits, practically and emotionally.

Helping to Change Lives

Digital literacy can help grow peoples’ confidence, independence and well being, giving them greater choice and control over their lives. That’s why we run a programme in Trowbridge in partnership with Wiltshire Family and Community Learning, helping vulnerable adults learn basic IT skills in a safe and friendly environment.

John’s story

John (name changed) was referred to our service by his supported accommodation key worker. After serving a prison sentence, he was keen to refresh his IT skills and improve his employability prospects. He met with the tutor and after an initial assessment, was offered a place on the course. After successfully completing several training sessions, he refreshed his knowledge of Word, Outlook and other Microsoft applications. John has now gone on to other training with a clear pathway towards self employment. The IT course, acted as a springboard, enabling John to regain some confidence and pursue his chosen career pathway.

Mary’s journey

Likewise, Mary (name changed), was referred to the service by her Work Coach. She was lacking IT skills and reported that this lack of knowledge was a barrier when looking and applying for employment. She met with the Tutor and was offered a place on the Introduction to IT course. She arrived for the first session and stated that she was very nervous and wasn’t sure how she would get on. Happily after a few sessions, the Tutor reported that she had settled in well and was making progress each week. Mary now hopes to use her new skills when completing on-line applications but also to keep in touch with family and friends that live some distance away. Arguably this will go some way to reducing isolation and help her to move forward positively.

Find out the many other ways we support people through skills development, volunteering and employment. HERE.

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