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BPA Quality to sponsor Big Exeter Sleep-Out

2018 October 30 by

We are really please to announce that BPA Quality will be sponsoring The Big Exeter Sleep-Out on 23rd November and many of their team members will be there on the night taking part too.

A company that’s proud of its Devon roots and Exeter location, BPA’s multi-lingual team of 200+ people are passionate and involved members of their local communities. Since its inception in Devon 30 years ago, BPA Quality has worked in partnership with some of the world’s biggest organisations, helping to understand and enhance the quality of customer experience by offering multi-lingual quality monitoring services.

BPA Quality, are also supporting Julian House in many different ways, one of the most exciting for us is BPA colleagues have volunteered to act as a translation service for those in the local homeless community for whom English is not their first language! Breaking down barriers and making services more accessible to those who really need it.

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Extra Hostel Facility Opening

2018 October 24 by

On 1st November we will be adding another 20 bed spaces which street homeless people will be able to use over the winter months. This will have a significant impact on the level of visible rough sleeping in the city centre.

The Safesleep Hostel will operate next door to the existing Manvers St Hostel in the basement of the Baptist Church and will run until at least 28th February. There will also be extra specialist outreach staff encouraging rough sleepers to move off the streets.

In addition to providing a safe alternative to rough sleeping this facility will also allow Julian House staff to engage more effectively with clients and in turn provide better prospects for moving them on into sustainable accommodation.

Core funding for the service has been provided by central government.

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Client starts business

2018 October 16 by

In May this year the Dorset homeless outreach team met Dave, he was sleeping in a tent on Chesil beach and living off whatever he managed to fish. Supported by Julian House, Wise Ability and The Lantern, Dave has found himself in rented accommodation, and has just started up-cycling second hand furniture.

He creates beautiful, individual pieces to a very high standard and has managed to find space to use as a workshop. Over the next few months he hopes to turn his talent into a business and sell his bespoke furniture to the public.


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Bath Fireworks Display supports Julian House

2018 September 24 by

This years Bath Firework display, organised by the Rotary Club of Bath will be held at the recreation ground on Saturday 3rd November.

Julian House, alongside Bath City Farm, are this years chosen charities to benefit from the spectacular event. You can buy tickets here, or from one of the outlets listed below.

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New Chair of Trustees announced

2018 September 20 by

Julian House has announced the appointment of a new Chair of Trustees.

Joy Saunders was voted in at the charity’s recent AGM and takes over from the outgoing Chair, Ed Rowberry. 

Already a trustee at the charity Joy brings to her new role a wealth of not for profit sector experience particularly in the fields of international development, governance and capacity building.  Although her work has often taken her to some interesting overseas assignments, including Afghanistan, Joy is very much a Bathonian.

On her new appointment, Joy says: “I am thrilled to have been appointed as the next Chair of Julian House. It is a great honour to be chosen by my fellow board members to lead this impressive charity. I believe that Julian House plays a vital role in helping individuals deal with complex problems affecting their lives. Through the years I have seen the charity grow from an organisation focused on homelessness in Bath to a regional charity empowering others to build sustainable and independent lives. I am excited to take up this position as the organisation develops its services across the South West – supporting people dealing with extreme challenges such as addiction recovery, domestic violence or homelessness (to mention only a few). I know these services are not just changing lives but often saving them and I’m incredibly proud to be involved and support our teams who consistently exceed expectations while achieving incredible outcomes.

I’m really looking forward to representing the organisation throughout the South West in the role of Chair. I am also delighted to work with our visionary Chief Executive, Peter Denning, the wider staff team and board members to deliver our strategy. I am keen that we build on the success we have achieved to date, by increasing our connections in the region and provide the support our teams need to thrive whilst strengthening internal systems as we continue this period of growth to double our impact over the next few years.”

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Avon and Somerset PCC has Julian House tour

2018 September 17 by

We were delighted to welcome Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner to Julian House on Monday 10th September. Following a tour of our homeless hostel at Manvers Street; Sue then visited our Bath Bike Workshop and heard about the training, volunteering and employment support available to vulnerable people. Sue found out more about the accommodation and support we provide to victims of domestic abuse and their children and our work with ex-offenders and rough sleepers.

Sue said: “It was great to hear in more detail about the excellent support provided to people by Julian House. The charity offers hope where there is often none. They work with people with complex needs and help them move towards living on their own. The staff at Julian House are passionate about what they do and care for those they support.”

Roanne Wootten, Operations Director, said: “It was great to show Sue around some of our services and give a current picture of the challenges faced by our clients who often experience multiple and complex needs. Julian House work with a wide range of people who are often excluded from society following family breakdown, childhood trauma and homelessness. The charity offers the opportunity to recover and become part of the community”.

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Recruitment & Volunteering open evening

2018 August 28 by

Tuesday 11th September 4pm -7pm

Colab, Exeter.

Are you interested in opportunities to work or volunteer in supporting people who are experiencing homelessness or rough sleeping?

BCHA and Julian House are jointly developing exciting new projects and initiatives for people who are homeless in Exeter.

Experience of this type of work is not essential but a smile, enthusiasm and a willingness to be flexible are!A variety of opportunities are available from volunteering and mentoring to sessional and full time work.

Please telephone 01392 258899 for further information, to book on, or just pop along on the night!

Colab Exeter, Wat Tyler House King William Street, Exeter, EX4 6PD

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New Exeter Partnership

2018 August 20 by

We are please to announce our new partnership with CITY Community Trust, Exeter’s leading health and well being charity, alongside Age UK Exeter, Children’s Hospice South West and Force Cancer we have been selected to receive official partner status following an open application process.

CITY Community Trust organise a number of high profile events in Exeter from Family Fun runs to a full distance marathon which is held in May. We will be able to offer free places at selected events for those looking to fundraise for their chosen charity as well as encourage their supporters along the way and on the day, they will help with water stations, supporters’ areas and huge congratulations at the finish.

Pete Ferlie, who is CCT’s health and well being officer says: “It’s great to have the extended support for our community, working with these great charities will mean our reach into the community can go even wider.”

Sarah Lakey, our senior community and events fundraiser: “Julian House is delighted to have been chosen as a charity partner by CCT.  The major challenge for most good causes is raising funds. In our case we also have to raise awareness about the real issues which impact on homelessness which force men and women onto the streets. There is no doubt that once people are made aware then support follows.

Our new partnership also means that we will have charity spaces available for some of City Community Trusts brilliant running events throughout the year. Keep an eye on our events page for more information!

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Merger Ensures Important Services Continue

2018 July 10 by

Community Housing Aid (CHA) and Julian House have agreed to join forces in a move which will ensure that CHA’s extensive range of projects continue. This includes Nightstop Devon – a vital service that provides temporary accommodation for young people who are facing homelessness. CHA also provides a range of projects which help to support vulnerable individuals into long-term sustainable independent living.

CHA’s Director, Stuart Hooper, is delighted with the tie up:

“CHA has been doing fantastic work for 20 years. Everyone involved with the charity was desperately keen for that work to continue. Given that the medium term prospects for funding some of our services were looking quite challenging, the Trustee took the very considered decision that merging with a like-minded organisation was in the best interests of CHA, and more importantly, its beneficiaries.

Julian House is a perfect fit for us – an organisation we know very well. Both of us have teams based in the Exeter Co-Lab hub and jointly deliver a contract together; as well as numerous experiences as partner agencies. More importantly, the cultures of each charity are complimentary. We share a commitment to reducing homelessness, and to always placing the client at the centre of our activity.”

Both organisations have been working hard to ensure that there is a seamless transition and that services carry on without interruption. Both Board of Trustees have formally agreed the merger.

Peter Denning, Chief Executive of Julian House, is equally excited about the prospects for the future:

“All of CHA’s staff will be moving across with the merger which means that existing clients will see very little difference. The value of a project like Bay6 (homeless hospital discharge) cannot be overstated. Being very ill is a tough time for anyone – being ill with no home to go to when you leave hospital is desperate. In most cases, discharge from hospital assumes a period of recovery – something that is nigh on impossible on the streets. That is a great example of the value of what CHA have been doing.

The level of inter-agency working in Exeter is impressive to see. This, along with Exeter City Council’s commitment to addressing street homelessness means that an expanded service from Julian House can have a greater impact”.

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Spokes the Minerva Owl

2018 June 26 by

Julian House Bike Workshop is really pleased to welcome Spokes the Minerva Owl to their nest for the summer.

Unfortunately there is no room for Spokes outside the Bath Bike Workshop, so Therme Bath Spa have kindly let him roost with them (where we are sure he enjoying a relaxing dip now and again.)

Spokes is being sponsored by Deloitte, and has been hand-painted by Bath’s own artist Perry Harris.

Minerva Owls

Minerva’s Owls is a major public art sculpture trail featuring a giant flock of 85 individually decorated, super-sized owl sculptures displayed across the city and surrounding region from 25 June–10 September 2018.

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Open day success

2018 June 25 by

We held an open day for our services in Basingstoke to celebrate the opening of our new office and to make organisations and clients aware of it’s location.

The day not only showed off the new space but reminded other organisations and clients in the area the services we provide. It was a great success with many people in attendance including the Mayor, Cllr Keating.

There was a Dr Bike stall present as this is a new service that we hope to bring to Basingstoke for the clients to benefit from, there was also an opportunity for current clients to showcase some of their artwork completed in our art therapy sessions.

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New young persons services

2018 April 26 by

It is with huge sadness that Survive announces its closure on 30th April 2018 after 44 years of dedicated service in the domestic abuse field. We are however pleased to announce that their front line staff and vital services for children and young people will be transferring to Julian House on 1st May 2018.

Survive, established in 1974, by founder Brenda Bishop, has provided specialist services for thousands of women, children and families who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Since 2017, they have focused their specialist services to support children and young people.

We have over 30 years’ experience of providing empowering, quality services. Although our roots are in meeting the needs of homeless people, over the last twelve years, we have extended our service provision to include domestic violence and abuse. Julian House currently offer’s refuge accommodation and resettlement support; the Freedom Programme which supports women to understand abusive relationships; the Crush Programme which supports children and young people to understand healthy and unhealthy relationships; and domestic abuse awareness training.

Peter Denning, our Chief Executive said: “It is a privilege for Julian House to continue the work of Survive; an organisation we have huge respect for and a cause we strongly support. We are committed to the ongoing delivery of their specialist children and young people’s service in Bristol and South Gloucestershire and the transfer of their skilled and experienced staff will be a huge asset to Julian House.”

Find out more about the new Children’s and young persons domestic abuse and violence service here.

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Jo Bell Poem

2018 April 23 by

Jo Bell, the award winning poet, and face of the current Nationwide adverts wrote a poem for us when we met her earlier in the year:

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Small Steps To Big Change

2018 April 19 by

Our Supported Housing services work to not only provide accommodation, but also to support clients in all elements of their lives to help them gain confidence and skills to move on positively and independently. 

Recently the Somerset Positive Lives Service worked with a client who wouldn’t leave the house, wash or cook for himself, and felt suicidal on a daily basis. With learning difficulties and limited mobility, he felt unable to progress with his life.

Through determination and close partnership working, however, the client has improved significantly. His plans for this week, for example, include spending a day with his mentor, attending an appointment at MIND (part of a 6 week treatment plan he now has in place), visiting the opticians, catching the bus for a day trip to Wells and cooking himself a roast at the weekend. This is a really positive change for him towards a successful move-on in the future.

These positive steps in his life have also empowered him to feel confidant enough to make other changes; some as small as being able to have a conversation with an elderly lady on a bus, and feeling so positive that he was able to speak to a stranger.

Other bigger steps include feeling able to attend an interview to start volunteering at a Breakfast Club.

Supported housing services provide people with accommodation and this often then empowers them to start making changes in other areas of their lives.

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Driving Test Success

2018 April 18 by

Our Somerset Positive Lives Accommodation Service have recently been supporting a client who was keen to return to work; the only thing holding him back was a lack of a driving licence.

Our volunteer and peer mentor was able to find a grant from the Somerset Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders ‘SACRO’ that could support this. We applied for £300 to support the client to take lessons; the grant was to cover both his theory and practical test and a licence in the event he passed.

Well he put his heart and soul into this; he sat his theory test within a week of receiving the grant- and passed. He then took 2 driving lessons and was able to pass his practical test first time!

His driving licence allowed him to secure full time work with a vehicle as part of the employment, with this new found freedom he then felt more able to move onto independent accommodation. He continues to thrive in his new job and accomodation and to date has not re-offended for 4 months, which is a first for 12 years.

The staff working with this client also noted an improvement in his ability to listen and work ‘around’ what he considered were unfair restrictions imposed by other agencies and he certainly seemed to learn to react in a more constructive manner.

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Tea and Talk Concert

2018 February 22 by

Tea and Talk is a weekly session that invites clients to come and enjoy a drink and piece of cake in a relaxing atmosphere; this week participants where invited to bring something to share with the group. Poetry, art and music accompanied the usual tea and conversation as clients, staff and volunteers attended to see the showcased talents.

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Extra provisions for the homeless during winter

2018 February 22 by

When the weather turns really cold, there is an extra risk to anyone sleeping on the streets. We need to ensure that we are preventing as many winter deaths as possible, as unfortunately when the temperature drops and the wind and rain increases it poses a very real threat to the lives of those sleeping on the streets.

Throughout winter we monitor the weather and when we know it will present a threat, we implement SWEP, Severe Weather Emergency Provisions, at our night shelter on Manvers Street.

This mean we set up an additional 10 camp beds in the communal area of the shelter where people can come in and take rest bite from the cold during the night as well as having access to shower facilities and good meals.

Cecil Weir, the Julian House Fundraising Director, explains that the extra stretch on resources is nothing compared to the danger of sleeping out in such conditions –

“I spent a long times in the Army Reserves and know only too well what it’s like sleeping out in evil conditions. I had the benefit of great kit and it was still grim. For our clients surviving with a few blankets and maybe a damp ripped sleeping bag is life threatening. We therefore monitor the weather forecast carefully to see when things are going to get dangerous. It does make the building uncomfortably busy but that is infinitely preferable to our clients having to sleep outside. Likewise it is a bit of a stretch for the staff team but they have coped magnificently.”

We provide 30 beds as well as a drop-in centre and specialist joint outreach service in Bath for rough sleepers. SWEP means we are able to provide 40 bed places to street homeless individuals during the colder nights.

To find out more about how to access Manver’s Street click here.

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Nine year old boy donates Christmas money

2018 February 21 by

A nine-year-old boy who donated half his Christmas money to help pay the fine of a homeless man has presented a cheque to Julian House.

Freddie Aston, from Newbridge acted after hearing about the arrest of Eli John James, 51, on December 9 for refusing to leave the doorway of the Westgate Buildings Travelodge in Bath city centre. He was sentenced to three weeks in jail and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115.

When young Freddie Aston heard about the arrest through his yoga teacher mum he was determined to help. Lucy Aston, 39, contacted the Chronicle to explain that she had come to know James after seeing him around the community. She decided to set up a GoFundMe page to help pay the homeless man’s fine, and Freddie was quick to pledge half of his Christmas money. Just five hours later, the target of £115 was reached and the page went on to raise £225.

Freddie and his mum visited us on New King street to present us with a cheque for £225, we will now continue in our efforts to track down Mr James, who has not been heard of since his release, in order to present him with the cash.If we can’t locate him, the money will be kept to spend on their homelessness projects in and around Bath.

Freddie with his mum Lucy Aston

Freddie said: “I just feel really happy that we raised enough money to help that man. I just want to say thank you to lots of the people that gave money.

“It’s really cold outside so I hope the money will be able to help people without a home to find somewhere warm to sleep.”

Proud mum Lucy said: “The fine was £115 so Julian House will get at least £110 out of it, but they’re going to keep trying to find him [James].

“Of course we’re so incredibly proud of Freddie. He plays for Bath City juniors so we were able to get some of the other mothers, players and coaches to donate a little bit each.

“The reaction has been amazing really. We even had a barrister from London donate £50, and it started a good conversation around the issue of homelessness online.

“It was definitely a nice thing to do and we’re really proud of everything Freddie has done.”

Julian House’s community and events fundraiser, Stephen Chesworth, accepted the cheque from Freddie on behalf of the charity.

He said: “We’re very grateful to Freddie and his mum Lucy for giving is this amount of money.

“Every donation is very important so if the public would like to continue to support us that would be extremely grateful.

“We’ve been trying to find Mr James since his release, and we will continue to do so and hopefully pay any outstanding fine.

“The rest of it is for Julian House. It will go towards all our different projects in and around Bath.”

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From homelessness to running the Bath Half

2017 December 20 by

A man who was homeless has now managed to turn his life around with the help of Julian House, and is now running the Bath Half Marathon.

Picture courtesy of The Bath Chronicle

Jason Green’s life fell apart a year and a half ago when he lost his family and his home, but he was able to claw his way back thanks to the help he received from us; we were able to help him find first a bed, a home and finally a job.

To say thanks, Mr Green is now gearing up to run the Bath Half Marathon and wants to give any money he raises back to Julian house.

In an interview with the Bath Chronicle Mr Green, 41, said: “I was alcohol dependant at the time so my relationship broke down and in the end I lost my son and everything – I had nothing left. I had never lived in Bath, but I was born in RUH (the Royal United Hospital in Combe Park) so I thought it would be good to get back to my roots. I was sleeping in the streets for around a month, but it got to the point where I was going through bins to survive and eating food off the floor.”

Mr Green explained he was saved by the friendship of the homeless people he encountered in Bath, one of whom showed him how to register as homeless, once he was registered homeless, a number of services opened up for Mr Green and he was able to apply for a bed at Julian house.

Mr Green said: “I fell in with some homeless people who showed me where I could sleep safely at night with company. I put my name down for Julian House and about a month later I got given a single pod bed in the hostel. That’s when Julian House came into their own really – when I got inside the hostel and got a roof over my head. They helped me with my addiction and my dyslexia. They sorted out counselling sessions for me and even got me access to my 15-year-old son.”

“I wouldn’t be where I am without then. The truth is I would be dead without them. That’s just the truth – I would have died.”

“There’s such a bad reputation around homeless people in Bath. People just see them as alcoholics causing trouble in the streets, but Julian House just isn’t like that on the inside. They do a lot of work for a lot of people. There aren’t enough places like it in the world.”

Picture courtesy of The Bath Chronicle

A year later his support worker referred Mr Green to our support housing project, Mr Green explained: “It’s like Julian House (Manvers street hostel) but I have my own room, which is kind of like a bedsit. There’s ten others living there but they all have their own bedsits.

“I’ve been there for about four months now, if Julian House hadn’t moved me there I wouldn’t have found my part-time job- I’m working as a cleaner for two hours a day. I was able to sort that out because I had an address of my own. You can’t do it with the hostel as an address for example, you need your own address. I can stay here for two years and nine times out of ten people leave after a year. Then they help you find more permanent accommodation like a council home or something – you just have to work with them.”

Mr Green is now planning on running the Bath Half Marathon and raise money for Julian House.

He said: “I’m eager rather than confident to be honest, but I’ve just finished my treadmill training to build up stamina so now it’s time to get on with the outdoor running. I just want to raise as much money as possible for Julian House because they’ve done so much for me.”

When asked what advice Jason had for anyone who found themselves living on the streets in Bath, Mr Green said the key thing was to keep banging on the doors of the council and Julian House.

Mr Green said: “I would advise anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation in Bath to go to Julian House and the One Stop council service. You might have to keep going back if there are no beds, but I would tell anyone to go back there every day. The prioritise women first, because they are seen as more vulnerable, but if you keep going back every day they will help you. A lot of the people I met while I was homeless had addictions or were homeless because of circumstances beyond their control. People jump to conclusions about homeless people, but not everyone I met was as bad as you would think. They’re just people who have been unlucky in some way. It could happen to anyone. I never thought it would happen to me and I used to look at homeless people the same way as everyone else does.”

Cecil Weir, our fundraising director said he was delighted by both Mr Green’s gesture and the help the charity has been able to give him.

Mr Weir said: “What we do for clients is always what we perceive is the best help that’s going to improve their lives and reconnect them with the local community. We don’t do that expecting to get anything back, rather it’s absolutely what the organisation is about. However every now and again someone like Mr Green decides that they want to do something to support our work and acknowledge what we’ve been able to do for them.”

“It’s a fantastic gesture and I urge anyone who knows Mr Green to support him as he gets ready for the Bath Half Marathon.”

You can support Jason through his Just Giving page here.

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33 Miles for Julian House

2017 December 3 by

Josie, volunteered at our Charity Shop in Frome for 2 years before becoming the Manager of our Trowbridge Charity Shop, and now she is running 33 Miles to raise money for Julian House.

She said:

“While I was working in the shops I learned so much about the work Julian House do and it made me want to raise money for them, I decided to do the Imber Ultra Marathon and am hoping to raise between £300 and £500. I am coming back to running from a leg injury but it wont stop me.”

The Imber Ultra Marathon is a 33 mile trail race that challenges it runners to some tough off road terrain.

We want to wish Josie good luck with the run and all her fundraising!

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Get involved for Giving Tuesday

2017 November 23 by

On Tuesday the 28th November it is Giving Tuesday; a national day that encourages people to get involved with their favourite charities. Last year they broke the world record for the most money raised for charities in 24 hours! Continue reading »

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Domestic Abuse Service Christmas Party

2017 November 21 by

Julian House provides high quality refuge accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse; in 2017 Julian House became the sole provider of refuge accommodation across B&NES, we also provide the Freedom programme, which is for women who have experienced domestic abuse.

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Lockers to be installed for rough sleepers

2017 November 14 by

In Basingstoke Julian House currently run outreach and support services for people experiencing homelessness; through our work with clients in the area, we have found that there is a need for rough sleepers to be able to store their possessions securely.  Continue reading »

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Carrswood Community Day Success

2017 November 1 by

Last month the travelling communities support team held a community day at Carrswood View Gypsy Traveller site; with great success.

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Circuit of Bath Walk 2017

2017 September 27 by

Congratulations and thank you to the 500 walkers who took part in the Circuit of Bath Walk on Sun 24 Sep. It was a wonderful day and luckily the rain held off!


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Brain of Bath 2017 winners

2017 July 7 by

The temperature was very sultry inside Bath’s Historic Assembly Rooms but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 21 teams who took part the annual Brain of Bath competition in aid of Julian House.

In addition to an amazing range of subject matter covered the participants were also entertained by showbiz snippets from one of the nation’s favourite actresses, Stephanie Cole OBE. There was the famous smells round which had noses twitching and a ‘where were they born’ set which presented a few surprises.

After 120 questions the eventual winners were St James Wine Vaults, long time supporters of Julian House and regulars at the popular fundraising fixture. Just two points behind were former winners of the event, Thrings.

Cecil Weir, Fundraising Director at Julian House, has been organising the event for 16 years: “It is one of the most popular fixtures in the Julian House calendar. The atmosphere is terrific and although by its very nature it is competitive, it’s competitive in the right way. The banter is fantastic and participants get to show off snippets of knowledge.

Another great feature of the event is the quizmaster or in the case of this year, quizmistress. Everyone has been entertaining but Stephanie Cole was tremendous – very witty and she shared some great anecdotes from her day job.

The inaugural Brain of Bath quiz night in 1999 was the brainchild of a small group of Bath businessmen. They were concerned about the problem of homelessness. It had three main objectives: to raise funds for Bath’s main local homeless charity (Julian House), raise awareness of the difficult social issues surrounding homelessness and provide support for a dedicated research project at the University of Bath. Originally the event took place in the main sports hall at the University of Bath and teams competed for the title of Brain of Bath and the impressive Waterford Crystal trophy. Since then the venue has changed to the elegant surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.

Long time supporters of Julian House, Deloitte, were the main sponsors. The final amount raised from the event is likely to top £10,000.


Full results from the quiz can be found at

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30th anniversary year

2017 May 4 by

2017 is an important anniversary for Julian House.  Over this period the charity has not only changed lives – in many cases it has saved lives.  None of this would have been possible without the support of the community at large and many other key key stakeholders.  

During the year we will be celebrating the important work that has been done in support of a very vulnerable client group.  

If you think that you can give this milestone any extra impact for us please let us know – perhaps by nominating us the charity of the year for a club or organisation, or by taking part in one of our events;

  • Big Bath Sleep-Out, March 18th
  • Circuit of Bath Walk, Sept 24th
  • Brain of Bath, July 6th

Likewise, support in kind is always welcome.  

Please watch this space for further details.

Cecil Weir
Fundraising & PR Director
01225 354652

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Our new Aspire Business Manager, Jane

2017 January 19 by

JaneJane became Business Manager for Aspire in July 2016, after many years of coordinating the social enterprise.

Jane is tasked with using her excellent customer service skills to grow the social enterprise further.  Jane also provides essential support to the team leaders as well as managing the day to day running of the business.

Jane says “Aspire is a fantastic social enterprise, providing excellent services to the public as well as work experience for people trying to get back on the feet. We are very proud of what we achieve, from sparkling windows to transforming rooms and gardens”.

Jane is working closely with the Employment and Support team to explore new ways to engage people furthest from the job market, developing new and meaningful work experience and volunteering opportunities.

You may also see Jane out and about at various Julian House and community events face painting and operating the Smoothie Bike!

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Our new Employment Support Worker, Mai

2017 January 19 by

MaiMeet Mai Brillet, the new Employment Support Worker at Julian House Bristol.

Mai is based at the Aspire Property Maintenance and the Julian House Bike Workshop. Mai’s role is to develop the Build A Bike course, work experience and volunteer opportunities at the social enterprises, as well as providing one to one employment support to clients.

Mai’s previous role was in Brighton with Nightstop as a Project Support Worker. Brighton Nightstop provides emergency accommodation to 16-25 year olds through placements in the homes of voluntary hosts on a night by night basis.

Prior to working in the charity sector, Mai completed a Masters Degree in Literature and Philosophy. Mai is also a practicing visual and performance Artist.

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Our new Social Enterprise Area Manager

2017 January 19 by

Esther Passingham joined Julian House 6 months ago as the Social Enterprise Area Manager, responsible for the Julian House Bike Workshops and Aspire Property Maintenance.

She moved to Bristol to join Julian House from Worcestershire where she had managed and developed charities and social enterprises since 2000.

Helen Bedser, Business Development Director said “we are delighted that Esther has joined the team. She has a wealth of experience in developing organisations, which I am sure will help to make the social enterprises even more successful”.

Esther said, “The challenge is to consistently achieve strong social outcomes, excellent customer service and robust finances within each of the social enterprises. To achieve this, the hard work and commitment of every staff member and volunteer is vital. It is a fantastic organisation to be part of, and I feel extremely excited about what we can all achieve together”.

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Fun run makes a colourful splash

2016 October 5 by

750 people took part in our second Julian House Colour Fun Run, which was once again held in the beautiful Oldbury Court Estate.

We were blessed with glorious weather all day as the fun runners ran, walked and skipped around the 5km course whilst getting splashed with brightly coloured paint!

Lots of happy faces raising money for Julian House. Big thanks to all those who took part, cheered on the runners, volunteered to help make the day such a great success and fundraised for Julian House.

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Dom Joly Adds Extra Chuckles to Grand Quiz

2016 May 18 by

Dom Joly

TV personality, journalist and comedian, Dom Joly, is well known for his quirky humour and hidden camera show, Trigger Happy TV. However on the 30th June he will be adding another starring role to his long list of successful performances when he acts as quizmaster at the annual Julian House Brain of Bath quiz event.

Up to 25 company teams will compete for the coveted title of Brain of Bath champions for 2016. This is the 18th event and organisers are hoping that the traditional atmosphere of genial competition will carry on under the watchful eye of Dom Joly.

Cecil Weir has been organising the event since 2001 and is delighted that the busy comedian was able to support the event; “Although by their very nature quizzes are competitive one of the great things about the Brain Bath is that the teams participate in a fun and light hearted way.”

“The number one goal of the evening is to raise funds towards the work of Julian House but along the way there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy yourself at the same time.”

“I’m sure Dom will help us to achieve that and perhaps share some snippets of what happened behind the scenes when he was in the Australian jungle with Ant and Dec – or the out takes that didn’t get aired on Trigger Happy TV.”

“Such events are vital to an organisation like Julian House. Homelessness is not a fashionable cause and we have to work very hard for a disproportionate amount of our income. However once we have an opportunity to involve companies in our work and dispel some of the myths attached to homelessness, gaining further advocacy is not normally an issue.”

The event will once again be sponsored by long time Julian House supporter, Deloitte.

Companies wishing to join the fun on 30th June should contact Cecil Weir on 01225 354652 or email

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Join the Masato Homeless Beanie Campaign!

2015 October 8 by

Masato beanie

Julian House has been chosen as one of 6 charities and projects around the UK to work with London based, designers, Masato London in their Homeless Beanie Campaign.

Every time someone buys one of the special Beanies (retailing from £15-£18), Masato will donate either a Beanie or £5 (the net profit). At the end of the campaign the donated Beanies, or the accumulated £5’s, will be split between the 6 charities.

Visit the Masato shop

The social media campaign launched on World Homeless Day and ends on January 31st 2016. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, get behind the campaign and spread the word – these will make perfect Christmas gifts as well as helping some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in Bath.

For one day only, Masato will be having a stall at Bath Artisan market (Sunday 13th Dec) and Julian House will receive £5 profit from every Beanie sold on the day so come along and say hello.

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Exeter Assertive Homeless Outreach

2015 October 1 by

New contract for Julian House

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a contract to deliver an outreach service to rough sleepers and people leading street-based lifestyles across Exeter, East Devon and Teignbridge.

Starting today, the fully-funded 30 month contract, awarded by Exeter City Council, has the key aim of supporting rough sleepers off the streets and linking them in with homeless agencies across the area.

In line with national homeless policy, where an individual has no family or historical connection to the area, efforts will be made to reconnect them with their former place of residence.

We will transfer our wealth of experience of working with this very marginalised client group and make a positive impact on moving individuals from, sometimes, very chaotic lifestyles into settled accommodation where support at the right level is accessible.

Our Operations Director, John Isserlis, is excited at the prospect of the new service. “The value of an effective outreach service cannot be understated. As we know, living on the streets is a very dangerous existence. Many of those who are forced to do so are very vulnerable. Some have addiction issues, typically more than 60% will have mental health problems and they are at increased risk of violence. That’s on top of the risk from hypothermia.”

“Every client will be different. Some will be cautious about engaging with outreach staff. But, we know from experience if you get alongside them and understand their individual issues the prospects for getting them off the streets and reconnected with mainstream society are significantly improved.”

Based at the new Exeter CVS Hub and with satellite bases in East Devon and Teignbridge, Julian House outreach staff will work closely with local agencies and service providers, including church based projects, identifying individuals on the streets.

We will also respond promptly to alerts from the public and we encourage people to make reports using the Streetlink website.

Alongside providing support, Julian House has a key role to play in building local partnerships to address anti-social behaviour and nuisance that impacts on the whole community and can create a very negative impression of all rough sleepers.

John Isserlis was keen to emphasise the role of the public in assisting this very vulnerable group. “The outreach team will quite quickly build up a good picture of numbers and popular locations where rough sleepers are located but with the best will in the world they cannot cover every park bench or sea front quiet place. This is where the public can provide valuable information – that could literally save a life.”

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Julian House Super Sunday!

2015 September 30 by

Well done and thank you to the 1000+ supporters who took part in the Circuit of Bath Walk and The Colour Fun Run at Oldbury Court Estate.

Both events were always intended as fun ways to support the charity’s work, but with fantastic weather and a massive turn out in Bath and Bristol, a great time was definitely had by all.

Circuit of Bath Walk

The Colour Fun Run

Well done to everyone who participated and to all the volunteers who helped with the logistics.

Special thanks also to Sanlam for sponsoring the Circuit of Bath Walk.

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Upcycled Fashion Show

2015 March 31 by


The Mall, Cribbs Causeway was the setting for a  fantastic upcycled fashion show.  This glam event gave young students the opportunity to design and make a new outfit from second hand clothes or recycled materials, showcase their created fashions and highlight to both parents and the wider community the diverse nature of today’s curriculum.

The audience of several hundred spectators saw a highly polished cat walk show compered by Heart FM’s very own Paulina Gillespie.  Staged as part of Bristol Fashion week the event was a great opportunity to promote the valuable addiction treatment work done by St Vincent’s.

Well done to all the students who took part and a big thank to the Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

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Volunteers in ready steady cook style challenge

2015 March 12 by

This year the Volunteer Centre in Bath invited its members and guests to an AGM and review meeting with a nourishing and tasty difference.  After the formalities of the AGM, two teams from local food-related charities, Julian House and Bath Foodcycle, demonstrated their cooking skills in a ‘Ready Steady Cook – style’ event, guided by two local chefs – Michel Lemoine (Bistro La Barrique) and Vincent Castellano.

IMG_3396The challenge was for each team to prepare and cook two plates of food in an hour. The teams consisted of two volunteers from Foodcycle and two from Julian House. The Julian House team did a fantastic job cooking a vegetable tagine and cous cous with a carrot, orange and onion side salad and rice pudding and caramelised mango desert. The judges, John Callum and Councillor Martin Veal, the Chairman of BANES Council, were very impressed with both teams dishes. There is an article about the event on the Bath Chronicle website.

The afternoon also had a serious side to it. All the main ingredients had been given to Foodcycle by supermarkets that would otherwise have thrown it awayIMG_3417 as past its ‘best before’ date, although it was all still perfectly edible. There followed a presentation on how much food is thrown away each year, either by supermarkets or as domestic waste and how the number of food banks has grown over the last 10 years to provide food to people who cannot afford to buy it.

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Launch of pioneering offender housing project

2015 March 12 by

Julian House is delighted to announce the launch of a new inter agency managed offender supported housing project.

The new service is a direct referral, supported accommodation service within Bristol and South Gloucestershire. This has been developed as a partnership between homeless charity, Julian House, Avon and Somerset Police’s Integrated Offender Management Schemes (IMPACT and IRiS) and The Restore Trust.

The project will house up to 14 individuals, with a background of repeat offending, across 4 properties. The key objective will be to increase the provision of rehabilitation focused supported accommodation in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Although referrals will come from across South Gloucestershire and Bristol, individuals who are managed under supervision of the IMPACT and IRiS schemes will be accepted as a priority. This accelerated access element of the project is one of the key features.

Fynn Clarke is the Service Development Manager at Julian House responsible for service development of the project and overseeing its operation – “We are very excited about the prospects for the new service. Julian House has been running similar offender support partnerships in Bath & North East Somerset for several years. This new partnership in Avon and Somerset brings together a terrific combination of agencies; all of whom have valuable experience working with this client group. Close cooperation means that a seamless service can be provided and therefore the prospects for success are massively improved.”

One of the properties has been purchased by The Restore Trust through use of funding from the National Empty Homes Fund. The remaining three will be leased by Julian House, who will be responsible for the supported housing management for all the accommodation. All four properties will have 24 hour CCTV and on call support worker cover. The refurbishment of these properties was undertaken by Aspire, a building maintenance social enterprise run by Julian House that offers accredited training to ex-offenders in construction related skills.

The project will provide weekly key worker sessions, housing management, access to purposeful activity and have a clear focus on the development of a pro social lifestyle. The supported accommodation staff will work closely with Probation and Police offender managers to support tenants’ engagement in sentence plans and licence conditions.

The project is the result of months of planning and development which has included consultation with Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and local neighbourhood beat teams.

Funding to enable to project to be developed and operate for the first 12 months has also been provided by Avon and Somerset Police (IMPACT) and Police Crime Commissioners Community Action Fund, the Avon and Somerset Rough Sleeper Fund and IMPACT Northern Hub.

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Hardy souls sleep rough for Julian House

2015 March 9 by

While most of Bath was sleeping during Friday night, 160 brave members of the public gave up the comfort and warmth of their own bed as they spent the night in Alice Park with just sleeping bags and cardboard. They were taking part in the Big Bath Sleep-Out raising much needed funds and awareness for homeless charity Julian House.

girls in sleeping bagsThe idea around the event is to give participants some idea of what it is like to sleep out for just ONE cold night whilst supporting Julian House run its increasing number of various homeless projects.

Organiser Cathy Adcock is delighted that so many people took part in the event. “It was great to see so many people 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. What started out as a warm and, much appreciated, sunny day soon turned into a cool evening and then a much colder night. Whilst it didn’t rain, a lot of people were surprised at just how cold it got in the early hours. Obviously most rough sleepers have to endure much tougher conditions and not just for one night.”

The Mayor of Bath (Councillor Cherry Beath) attended the evening to show her support for those taking part and for Julian House, whose ages ranged from 8-80 years old! Corporate teams taking part included Curo and Wood For Trees who slept in the park alongside families, friends and organisations including Blaze Explorers, 51st Ascensions Scouts, Bath Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, Welton Baptist Church and Peasedown St John Methodists.

Julian House now operates 20 projects across Bath including which not only treat the symptoms of homelessness but also the underlying issues which drive men and women into this desperate situation. These include supported housing for men and women with specific needs ink mental health issues, older clients, ex-offenders and women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence. We are really grateful to everyone who took part and raised sponsorship to help fund these vital projects. Alice Park Café continued their support by taking apart and then cooking very welcomed bacon rolls for the participants in the early hours of the morning.

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Cold 2015 forces extra emergency beds

2015 February 9 by

2015 has certainly started with a chill. This has prompted Julian House to lay on more emergency beds, to prevent its clients dying in the city’s dark tucked away corners.
Emergency camp beds 

Ordinarily the charity has a maximum capacity of 29 hostel beds but during protracted cold spells where the overnight temperature is forecast to be below freezing, extra provision is provided. This allows men and women who cannot access the hostel to come in and avoid a miserable freezing night on the streets.

10 army surplus camp beds are being squeezed into the hostel’s day centre/dining area. This not only provides a warm bed but access to shower facilities and good meals.

Cecil Weir, the Julian House Fundraising Director, explains that the extra stretch on resources is nothing compared to the danger of sleeping out in such conditions – “I spent a long times in the Army Reserves and know only too well what it’s like sleeping out in evil conditions. I had the benefit of great kit and it was still grim. For our clients surviving with a few blankets and maybe a damp ripped sleeping bag is life threatening. We therefore monitor the weather forecast carefully to see when things are going to get dangerous. It does make the building uncomfortably busy but that is infinitely preferable to our clients having to sleep outside. Likewise it is a bit of a stretch for the staff team but they have coped magnificently.”

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Julian House Opens Refurbished Hostel

2011 December 21 by

Julian House has now completed work on the site at Manvers Street and have opened single bed units which have replaced the old dormitory style accommodation.  Now with 24 hour access, the hostel is able to contribute to meeting the needs of people who would otherwise sleep rough by offering privacy and respect to those needing shelter.  It is particularly beneficial to women as there is no longer a restriction on how many women can access the service.

Service Development Manager, Matt Hanna says:  “We are celebrating this great step away from the dormitory style accommodation which often prevented people from wanting to stay with us. We have seen the improvements make a difference to people’s lives already with some very complex clients coming in and receiving a wraparound service with successful resettlement as the outcome.  We are proud to be able to offer the enhanced provision at Manvers St, with growing need as the impact of Welfare Reform hits us we can only predict higher demand for our services”.







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