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Volunteer paints Manvers Street to raise funds

2019 April 17 by

Uniersity of Bath architecture student Thibault Quinn recently joined Julian House as a volunteer. During the short time he’s been here, he’s become an invaluable member of the team in our Manvers Hostel helping to prepare and cook nutritious meals for our residents.

After witnessing the extent of homelessness in Bath, Thibault wanted to do something more to help support our clients. Being a keen artist, he decided to paint a picture of the iconic steps above our Manvers Street Hostel. He now hopes the artwork will be displayed at the Bath Society of Artists open exhibition and plans to sell the piece and donate all funds to Julian House.

We spoke to him about his artwork and how he’s finding volunteering so far.

What inspired you to paint Manvers Street?

In Bath, a town which is easy to see as idyllic and scenic, rough-sleeping is an issue that is hard to ignore. Coming from London, it’s an issue that I have been exposed to before, but one that I had not known much about beyond the surface level. That’s why I have developed an interest in the work that Julian House does at the Manvers Street Hostel, as I want to learn more about the individuals that are affected by homelessness and about those who work to support them. 

What was particularly poignant about this image?

My intention with this painting was to convey the anonymity and invisibility of homelessness in Bath. Here, I have portrayed the individuals sitting on the steps of Manvers Street Baptist Church without features, evoking ghosts. There is a juxtaposition between the ecclesiastic church facade and the melancholic scene that it backdrops. The splatter effect and raw colour palette of the church create a gritty, damp and decrepit atmosphere. 

What materials did you use and how long did it take? 

I used acrylic paint on canvas. I enjoy painting at a large scale because I can be expressive with my brushstrokes, which I apply in several layers. I like to vary the way I apply paint, hence the drips and splatters. 

What’s your plan with the painting now you’ve finished it?

I have submitted the painting for the Bath Society of Artists open exhibition, so hopefully that gets accepted and will be included in the show! I am hoping to sell the painting and have all the funds raised from its sale donated to Julian House.

You also volunteer at Julian House. What inspired you to do so?

Volunteering has always been something I have tried to invest my time in, so volunteering at Julian House provided a great opportunity to really get involved in this in the Bath community. I have a burgeoning passion for cooking, so working in the Manvers Street kitchen was an ideal way for me to learn more about the homeless problem and develop new skills.

What have you been doing and how have you found the experience?

I have been preparing meals in the kitchen at the Manvers Street kitchen, which can be quite stressful as it involves cooking for up to 30 people! I am still picking up the ropes but I am getting used to it and find it very rewarding. I can also adjust the recipes, so I can still get creative!

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Employment support success

2019 April 15 by

Lee was referred to the project by his supported accommodation key worker, he had spent a brief spell in prison and was keen to rebuild his life. After a successful referral session with the Employment Support Lead, he was offered a place on the Build a Bike course and, because he had expressed a desire to develop his IT skills, was also signposted towards ECDL training. The European Computer Driving Licence sessions are delivered in-house, by our partners at Learning Curve, with sessions running every Thursday, at the Bike Workshop.

Lee successfully completed the Build a Bike course and is continuing to attend ECDL sessions and making very good progress. His Tutor refers to Lee as ‘a hard worker who is keen to progress’ and ‘he is already working towards a L2 qualification’. In discussion with the ES Lead, Lee stated that he ‘is now really keen to rebuild his life and re-enter the employment market in order to sustain himself financially’. Feedback from Workshop staff has been overwhelmingly positive, and as a result, Lee has been invited to carry on his association with the Bike Workshop, by undertaking non-paid work placement with us. This will offer an opportunity to further develop skills learnt during the Build a Bike training; Lee is currently considering the offer. Staff have described Lee as ‘good to be around, a hard worker who listens well and is able to carry out instructions independently’. Lee has certainly been a positive influence in the Workshop, developing reciprocal working relationships with staff and peers, we wish him all the best for the future.

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Yoga session in aid of Julian House

2019 April 15 by

Fancy a relaxing lunchtime yoga session overlooking the beautiful roof tops of Bath?

On Friday 17th May local yoga teacher, Ruth Preston, will be holding her first lunchtime yoga class on the beautiful roof terrace of Cambridge House in Bath. The session will not only enable participants to relax and de-stress after a busy working week, but it’ll all be for a good cause too. As the class will be held in aid of local charity Julian House.

Ruth has been practising yoga for nearly 20 years, exploring hatha, Scaravelli, yin, Bikram and Ashtanga. Whether it’s Ashtanga or Zen yoga Ruth encourages students to be mindful of their bodies, to practice with awareness of both body and breath and most importantly to love and find joy in their practice.

Ruth Preston said, “I’m hosting this lunchtime yoga class to give those working in this beautiful city a little time and space to stop and recharge. In exchange for the class I’m asking participants to make a £10 donation to Julian House. I’ve selected Julian House because they are a local charity who support those living in our community who are having a really hard time.

Cambridge House, based on Henry Street in Bath, also promises to offer stunning panoramic views of the city and the surrounding hills, making it the perfect location to unwind and relax.

The session will run from 1pm to 1:45pm. For more information and to book your spot please email ruth@ruthpreston.co.uk. Due to the space the session is limited to 12 people.

“We’re hoping that this will be the first a series of lunchtime yoga sessions, and I’ll be keeping everyone posted on more dates.

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Nationwide’s managers set to climb Kilimanjaro

2019 April 10 by

Senior Branch Manager Stephanie Pritchard and Assistant Branch Manager Amber Nutt from Nationwide Bath will climb the ‘tallest free-standing mountain in the world’ to raise vital funds for Julian House and its clients this September.

In September, friends and colleagues Amber Nutt and Steph Pritchard will be joining 10 other people taking on the challenge of a lifetime, climbing Kilimanjaro to support local charity Julian House.

The challenge, taking place 13 – 21 September will see the pair trek 40 miles across some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes on earth. From 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.

By taking on the challenge, the brave pair seek to raise thousands of pounds for the charity who supports social excluded people in Bath and across the South West. Everything the ladies raise will be going to support the charity’s vulnerable and marginalised clients, helping them build independent, sustainable and more fulfilled lives.

Of the challenge, Amber Nutt said: “We’re understandably nervous, as we’ve never taken on such a physical challenge before. But we both see it as a pinnacle in our personal achievements – something we can be proud of, to say that we’ve taken on such a big endeavour for such a good cause.

Plus, Steph is going to be reaching a milestone in her life (30th birthday) this year and she wanted a memorable way to commemorate the occasion. What a great way to embrace it for everything that it’s worth while raising vital funds and awareness for Julian House.”

Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay, added: We’re delighted that Steph and Amber will be joining us on the Kilimanjaro Challenge this year. The Nationwide Bath team are such fantastic supporters of ours, helping us in all aspects of fundraising and raising awareness about the importance of our services including during its very recent 1-year anniversary celebrations. So, it’s great we’re going to continue and celebrate this partnership up one of the greatest mountains on Earth.

For those keen to learn more and sign up to the challenge, there are still a few places available. Click here for more info.

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Local man running 100 miles for Julian House.

2019 April 9 by

Army veteran and local businessman Mark Hewett has set himself an ultimate challenge this year. If one marathon wasn’t enough, he’s also running a 20-mile hill circuit, a 10km race and three Half Marathons all to raise vital funds for local charity Julian House.

Having travelled all over the world with the British Army, Mark (now Head of Organisational Dexterity at Capgemini Invent) and his family finally settled in Bath nine years ago. After his children spotted a flyer for the Julian House’s Circuit of Bath walk last year, the whole family decided to take part enabling them to find out about the charity and its services.

“My 2019 Running Challenge is a continuation of this.” Mark said. “Julian House does incredible work looking after those far less fortunate than us, and importantly to us, in our community. It’s not just ‘giving out’ but providing a ‘hand up’, making the help they provide self-sustaining. I see this as a way of giving back to the city which has welcomed us and allowed us to make a home for the first time.”

After having already completed his 10K race and the Bath Half Marathon, Mark’s currently in training for his next two half marathons and the Two Tunnels Marathon in August.

“Marathon training starts in earnest next week and I want to continue to push myself to improve my times – but also to continue raising funds”, Mark added. “This is quite literally a marathon not a sprint and I have a JustGiving page open all year to encourage people to donate for any/all of the races. I’d love to get to 90 mins in my next two Half Marathons (I’m running the same course twice to try and set this), and I’m targeting 4 hours (3 1/2 in my wildest dreams) for the Two Tunnels Marathon in August. I’m rounding off the Challenge in September coming back to the Circuit of Bath – and running the 20 miles rather than walking it – which I did with my twin sons (then 11) last year.”

Since launching his challenge, Mark’s not only raised a fantastic £610 but also hit some personal bests along the way.

“I have set some targets along the way: Running every day in January (to shake off some cobwebs) which netted 261km; training hard for the first couple of races through February (despite the snow and a slight mishap with a manhole cover a week before my first race!) As at today, I’ve hit 651km this year; I’ve set 1km, 5km, 10km and Half Marathon PBs; and lost 12kg in weight (being dry New Years to St Patrick’s Day certainly helped there).”

Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay, added: We’re delighted that Mark has set himself this challenge to raise funds and awareness for Julian House. He proves what someone can achieve when they put their mind to it. Everything he raises will be going to support our vulnerable and marginalised clients and help them build independent, sustainable and more fulfilled lives. Thank you, Mark.”

To find out more about his challenge and to support Mark, head to his fundraising page: Hewett 2019 Challenge.

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A Nightstop Story

2019 April 8 by

First Contact

2017 was the most challenging year of my life so far. I was hit from all angles affecting each and every aspect of my life. Whilst it has been difficult for me to accept, I did have a difficult start to life, born into a complex whirlwind of drug addiction, crime and severe mental health issues. At 25 years old, it is quite miraculous that the challenges I have faced only truly hit me this late in life. Despite the disadvantages, I also had some luxuries throughout my life which I am eternally grateful for, this however is part of what made me struggle to accept help when I could not cope for the first time. I have always been a very strong minded and independent girl, I always forgave my mother for the hardships we faced together and often found myself defending her, some may say I have played the role of the parent for the vast majority of my life.

In 2017 I was back living at my mother’s house amongst a chaos of issues. I was exhausting myself trying to earn money, whilst in a toxic relationship which gave me an escape from the issues at home, and desperately trying to study a masters degree. I was struggling dramatically with mental health issues, I kept going back to the doctors to request talking therapies. Due to the lack of funding I was dismissed and told that “because I am not suicidal I am not a priority”… so the struggle continued. I was eventually referred to a psychiatrist and diagnosed with adult ADHD. Little did I know my life was soon to be turned upside down. I thought this would lead to talking therapies, but I was instead offered medication, amphetamines. I expressed my understanding that medications are only effective when used alongside talking therapies, to receive the answer “We will consider talking therapies when the drugs have an effect on you”. To cut a long story short, I was advised to travel to Egypt and up my dose of medication whilst there.

Due to the meds, I only slept for four or five hours each night which very quickly escalated into an extreme case of mania and paranoid psychosis. I was tied up with ropes, forced into an ambulance and taken to the local hospital, where they I was sedated up to my eye balls by strangers who did not speak English. I am very lucky to have many local friends who prevented the Egyptian authorities from sending me to an awful hospital to be sectioned, something I would have never recovered from. They contacted my mother and got her on a flight to rescue me within a few days. The reason for this trip was to conduct research for my dissertation, investigating the lives of Egyptian women in traditional farming communities, and the role working animals play in their daily livelihood. Luxor was my second home, my safe place where I lived, ate, slept and worked with the locals. I had dedicated the past four years of my life to this historical country…. And now I was no longer welcome. On return I was still unwell, both mentally and physically and this meant I could not continue with my masters. I had to reluctantly interrupt my studies. I had lost all sense of belonging and purpose in my life.

On my returned to the UK, the psychiatrist offered no help after all that had happened. I was living back at mums with severe paranoia and post-traumatic stress, which terrifyingly involved all aspects of my life. After a few weeks living amongst the difficult circumstances at mums, I called Exeter University as a last cry for help. One guild adviser who went on to support me over the next year, demanded that I came to see her in person. I jumped on a train to Exeter and found a friend I could stay with. Sarah brought me to realise that I needed to move to Exeter to access support, she made many phone calls declaring me homeless and fleeing domestic abuse. I was very resistant to all of this. I have always felt that there are others in more need than myself, that I should be grateful for all that I have, that I should work and am not worthy of benefits. Thankfully, Sarah had the courage to keep pushing me to seek help. We could not secure a property in time and I no longer had anywhere safe to stay, my only options involved drug abuse.

She sent me to the housing benefits office which led to me breaking down in tears, not knowing which direction to move with complications and questioning if I will be eligible or any benefits. This is where Nightstop came into the equation. I was given the address to meet a member of staff from Nightstop, I was greeted with a friendly reassuring smile from Pete, a night stop staff member. Scared and numb, but with a slight glimpse of faith that something was going to happen, within a couple of hours I was picked up and driven to my first host volunteer.

My experiences with Nightstop

Despite how lost and hopeless I felt something inside me knew I was on the right path as soon as I made eye contact with Pete. I have been told by many that I have a great ‘drive’ for life, so I kept this in mind that no matter what, I have to keep going. At the time I had no idea how Nightstop was about to dramatically impact and shine a positive new light in my life. Pete explained the process, the rules and how I would have a safe place each night but need to occupy myself during the day. I had three different host volunteers who had so kindly agreed to support me for the next few days. When I reached my first host I was shown my own bedroom, cooked a beautiful dinner, given a towel and a run a hot bath. She very kindly explained that this was my home for the evening and that I was welcome to join her on the sofa watching telly or if I preferred, I could stay alone in my room. I will never forget the moment I decided to join her on the sofa, we watched David Attenborough and chatted about life and my passion for working animals in North Africa and the Middle East. I had a safe place and a kind supportive heart who listened to me. I was so overwhelmed I simply wanted to cry due to relief. This was the best night sleep I had in months.

In the morning she had breakfast ready for me and some money to get me through the day and help travel to my next host the following evening. This day was tough as I was resisting contacting friends I knew I could meet with, but in my heart I knew that this would result in the use of drugs. I kept myself to myself walking around the beautiful city of Exeter, familiarising myself with what was going to be my new home. I went to the museum with my suit case as it was something free and out of the rain. When the evening came I knew the protocol with my new host, a very different home with lots of dogs! This was very welcoming to me with such a huge passion for animals. I felt at home! Again dinner on the table, a hot bath, some supportive chats and pocket money for the following day. I struggled to sleep this night with the feeling of what are my next steps, how can I push to secure a property and how will I support myself? Awake in bed I started scrolling on my phone through adverts for jobs I could apply for and rooms which I could view to rent. It was on this night that I experienced the return of my severe night terrors, but this time it was much easier to deal with, having woken up to a safe environment away from all worries, with breakfast on the table for me. I set out again for the day with my suitcase. I remember sitting around in the Nightstop building mainly to get out of the rain, but also to use the WIFI to make proactive forward movements. I wrote a CV and applied for lots of jobs, the same day I was offered a trial shift at a restaurant. I also found a property to rent, a beautiful, large en-suite room on the outskirts of the city. I arranged a viewing, secured the property with a deposit and first months’ rent through the housing benefits office.

After all of this I still had a safe place at night which took me back to my first host volunteer. This was incredibly reassuring when I met with a familiar face and after only two days I had some progress to share with her. I was experiencing a lot of chronic neck and back pain. I gained some fantastic advice from this host as she was a retired physiotherapist, she worked through some exercises and stretches with me, which to date I still practice on a daily basis. This generous lady had opened up her home just for me, treating me as her own family. I felt tears welling up in my eyes as we said goodbye, realising this was the last time I would see her. I desperately wanted to be able to give back to her, but this was the beginning of the process of me learning self-care, self-worth and self-compassion. I did deserve this support and I do not always need to give back in return.

3. How I got back on my feet.

It had been four days of being declared homeless. When I visited the Nightstop offices on this day I was beaming with excitement, I had a property secured and a trail shift at a restaurant. I could not wait to tell Pete and get out of their hands, allowing them to help other vulnerable young adults who needed a safe place. I remember the shocked look in his eyes when I blurted out this news, in a concerned manner he suggested that I took a little more time for myself. Me being the determined being I am, I explained how I needed a purpose and something to work towards. I immediately moved into my new home where 14 months later, I now find myself contently sat at my desk writing this reflective blog. The first time I have had my own safe place to call home. I remember Pete’s last words to me, expressing how impressed he was with my efforts in such a short period of time and to please keep in contact. He said that I am very articulate and asked if I was willing to write a blog piece on how Nightstop supported me!

So what happened between then and now? It has been quite a journey of ups and downs. The most important thing is that through those ups and downs, each day I woke up in a safe place that was my own space, free from others negative energy! Two month after this support from Nightstop I returned to my studies and completed the first year of my masters degree. I wrote the best essays I have ever produced. I proved to myself that the problem was not in my lack of ability, but in fact, it was the environment my present mind had been consumed by. Words cannot express my depth of gratitude for Nightstop in guiding me to understand this important aspect of my life, those four days were part of the most pivotal point in my life. Without Nightstop I could never imagine where I may have ended up, or how many opportunities I may have missed out on.

For the first six months in my new home I was in receipt of housing benefits, I was not eligible for any other benefits, due to being restricted to 16 hours of work each week. I was struggling to manage my health, mental state, bills, rent, university work load etc. Through support of food bank vouchers and my faith that this degree would bring me close to achieving my goals, I powered through. I discovered free yoga sessions at the university advertised through mental health awareness, this was another pivotal life changing development, that without, I could never imagine being where I am today.

Fast forward to September 2018, it had been a whole year since my breakdown, episode, spiritual awakening (whatever you may call it) in Egypt and it was time to enrol into my second and final year of my masters. The pressure was intense. I came to realise that I had neglected my own self-development, focusing so much on my education and supporting others. Working and studying became too much, I was extremely fatigued, with depression and a whole bunch of other stuff. Whilst working with a counsellor who helped me to eventually accept that I needed to have a break again, it arose to the surface that I needed a job role that gave me job satisfaction. Bar and catering work was not fulfilling enough for me. Friends and professionals suggested that supported housing would be a rewarding role that I would flourish in, so my first thought was NIGHTSTOP! I dropped in one day firstly to thank them for their support and how far I had come in a year, we chatted for over an hour about options available in supported housing and the industry itself from Pete’s experiences. I came away with three A4 pages of notes he so kindly advised me on.

From those notes I found the perfect organisation, initially I enquired about volunteering but it all worked in my favour and I now find myself with a job as a support worker for 16-25 year old’s. Alongside this I am plotting my return to the Middle East next year to carry out my dissertation research. Thank you Nightstop and all that you did to get me to this position!

If there is anything I could say to others out there going through similar struggles, it is that you may not know what opportunities are out there, but trust in your instinct and ask for help in places you have not asked before. There are some incredibly beautiful humans out there hiding amongst the fog, all it takes is one step in a different direction and you can find one of them to support you through finding yourself!!

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Sleep-Out 2019 raises £48,000

2019 April 8 by

This year’s Big Bath Sleep-Out has raised an amazing £48,000. That’s absolutely incredible and everyone at Julian House is thrilled with the result both in terms of the funds raised and the awareness of the cause. That’s thanks to all of you who took part!

The money you’ve raised really is life changing. All of clients that come into our care, whether that be through our Manvers Street Hostel, one of our supported housing projects, our refuge for domestic abuse victims, our skills training sessions at our bike workshops or another one of our services, benefits from you taking part in the Sleep-Out this year.

Just think, £50 could buy a wholesome meal for 30 service users staying at our emergency hostel. £250 could purchase a starter pack to help an abused mother and children into new accommodation and £5,000 could pay for 15 socially excluded people to attend a 6-week Build-a-Bike course in our Bath Bike Workshop. It’s here they gain the confidence, skills and work experience needed to progress towards employment.

By sleeping out for just one night this year, you’ve helped to transform a life for the better.

Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay said: “Alongside the money you’ve helped raise, you’ve also raised much needed awareness about homelessness and the hardships associated with it. It was a pleasure getting to chat to some of you on the night about raising awareness and I know many of you were really passionate about making a difference. We had fantastic support from across the community, including school groups, community groups, families and corporates.”

Energy company Pure Planet was one of the local corporates who took part. Of the challenge, Data Scientist Connor Goddard said: “Homelessness is massive problem in this country, and Bath – like every other major town and city in the UK – has its share of those who have no place to call home. As I commute to and from work, I see people everyday who have slept out in the cold, and whilst I can only imagine what it must be like to have no choice in this, I wanted to take part in the challenge in order to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of what this must be like, and to raise awareness that this is a real issue that we all have a part to play in solving.” 

Despite finding the experience “tiring, but enjoyable,” Connor added “I think most importantly, the experience really brought home to me that having a roof over my head every night is something I absolutely take for granted, and the thought of one day not having this is really quite scary. What surprised me, was the realisation that worries of being cold and wet came second to a more powerful feeling of being exposed – to the elements, to the noise and potentially to dangers that am protected from inside of my home.” 

Thank you again for everyone who took part in the challenge this year. For those who were asking what else you could do, here are some things which would really help:

  1. Chat to your friends, family and colleagues about the Sleep-Out experience and tell them about the work we are doing.
  2. Use the StreetLink app to inform our Outreach team about someone you see sleeping rough so we can get there and help them.  
  3. Become a regular donor.  Donate just £1 a day (£30 a month) and help us run our services and emergency hostel and support the homeless and vulnerable men and women who come into our care. Our care isn’t just food and clothing, but mental health support, addiction recovery services and medical.   
  4. Like us on Facebook and keep sharing our posts
  5. Become a volunteer at our hostel, in another of our services or at our events.
  6. Set up your own fundraiser in work, school, college or with your friends. We’re hoping to grow our community groups who would be keen to fundraise 3/4 times a year in their area. Please get in touch if this is of interest. 
  7. Above all, stay passionate, kind and keen to make a difference. Because at the Sleep-Out you certainly did!

See you all at next year’s event.

All images by Jon Tonks

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Over 300 braved the mud for Sleep-Out

2019 March 12 by

Despite the initial rain during the evening of Friday 8 March, this year’s Big Bath Sleep-Out saw over 300 people taking part– making it the charity’s most participated Sleep-Out to date.

The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, welcomed families, friends, colleagues and community groups to Alice Park and saw them ditching their beds for one night to help raise much needed funds and awareness for Julian House and its increasing number of homelessness projects. Equipped with just sleeping bags, cardboard and plastic sheeting, over 300 people braved the mud and cold to help those forced to do it every night.

Organiser Cathy Adcock is delighted that so many people took part in the event, despite the rain during the afternoon and early evening leading up to the event.

“We are so pleased that so many people were willing to forego their normal creature comforts and warm homes for the night. Obviously sleeping out for one night doesn’t come close to the realities of homelessness. It does however give people the chance to empathise with those who are forced to sleep rough every night and those that took part certainly did just that. It was very heart-warming to see so many children who had encouraged their families to take part with them! Primary school children from WASPS, St Nicholas, Saltford Primary, Midsomer Norton Primary, Paulton Infants and Junior School, Bathwick St Mary, Castle Primary, Winsley Primary, Hayesfield Girls and St Saviour’s took part alongside older children and students from Kingswood School, Norton Hill, John Bentley School, Twerton’s Youth Group and Bath Spa University.

We also had some great groups from local businesses including colleagues from Stone King, Nationwide Bath, Metro Bank, Actual Experience and Pure Planet to name a few.”

So far the online donations are running at £40,000 which is outstanding – and there will be more donations coming throughout March. It would be fantastic if the event could raise over £50,000 for the charity’s 10th event.

“Thank you to everyone who took part and raised sponsorship and to everyone who made it happen. The team at Alice Park Café continued their support of the event by serving hot drinks and snacks and then serving very welcomed bacon rolls for the participants in the early hours of the morning. Special thanks also go to all the volunteers who helped on the night as well as Bath Boules Charitable Trust, Mines Leisure and Kennet Sign & Display.”

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IKEA Exeter partners with Julian House

2019 March 4 by

IKEA Exeter co-workers have chosen to partner with Julian House for 2019, this partnership fits closely with IKEA’s values of creating a better everyday life for the many.

Julian House have a range of homeless services that provide real opportunity and support to people wanting to move away from rough sleeping. They ensure that rough sleepers have a pathway out of rough sleeping, providing a comprehensive holistic assessment leading to a tailored support package including; supported access into the private rented sector, hostels, reconnecting with family and social networks amongst other person centered solutions.

Throughout our year-long partnership IKEA co-workers will be donating time and products to help the vulnerable homeless population of Exeter. One of the many ways IKEA will support is by creating home start packs for those successfully resettled by Julian House. These will contain essentials such as kitchen crockery, towels and bedding. Home start packs will be put together by IKEA Exeter co-workers and donated to Julian House.

Nick Earle, IKEA Exeter Store Manager, commented, “We greatly admire the important work Julian House does, making a real difference to the lives of Exeter’s homeless. Our partnership with Julian House is part of our ongoing commitment to being a good neighbour and supporting our local community.”

Sarah Lakey, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, said, “Being able to partner with IKEA provides the charity with the resources we need to help create homes for the local homeless community. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to work closely with IKEA to help raise awareness of homelessness.”

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