2019 July 10 by Kayleigh Reed
Our bike workshops, the social enterprise arm of the charity, continue to be a growing success. We now have shops in Bath, Bristol, Trowbridge and Exeter. Each offers affordable refurbished and new bikes, parts and accessories, professional service and excellent advice. Apart from generating income for Julian House, they also create opportunities for marginalised groups to train, gain confidence and progress towards independence and employment.
What’s been happening?
The last twelve months have been an incredible year with more bikes than ever donated, fixed and sold. We generated £350,000 in social value in employment and training outcomes (measured using HACT calculator) (Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust), 168 people accessed courses, work experience and specialist employment support through Julian House Bike Workshops. This has given them the opportunity to be active, try something new, gain a sense of achievement, build work-related skills and confidence and prepare for and secure paid work. Of these, 153 socially excluded clients attended our AQA Build-a-Bike courses.
“We’re in need of quality donations.”
Over 1500 donated bikes were refurbished, and of those, more than 1000 were sold to generate an income for the social enterprise, and another 500 bikes were also rescued from landfill. But still, more than ever, we need additional good quality bikes. Whilst all donated bike are truly appreciated, the fact remains that poor, or scrap, condition bikes cost the enterprise in both time and money.
“Professional mechanics deliver bike servicing.”
The servicing side of the enterprise is extremely busy with a two or three week waiting list currently, at most of the bike shops. Our bike mechanics have worked across various engineering and bike workshop backgrounds to bring a combined knowledge base of 400 years plus across our four stores. The enterprise invests in them with the highest industry standard Cytech and City & Guilds qualifications allowing them to work on classic bikes through to Di2 dream machines.
To donate your used bike, buy a new one or book in a service, head to www.jhbikeworkshop.org
2019 July 10 by Kayleigh Reed
Since November 2018, Julian House has been delivering an exciting project which ensures the most vulnerable rough sleepers have a permanent home to call their own, and are able to move off the streets for good.
Housing First is an innovative new service in Bath and North East Somerset that meets the accommodation and support needs of the most complex rough sleepers. A partnership between Julian House, DHI and Curo has so far seen five people successfully housed in their own tenancies with another eight on the way.
What is Housing First?
Housing First is an internationally evidence-based approach, which uses independent, stable housing as a platform to enable individuals with multiple and complex needs to begin recovery and move away from homelessness. (Ref: Homeless Link)
Why is it so important?
Rough sleepers have traditionally moved through a model of crisis accommodation into supported housing in to their own tenancy. This works for the majority but for the most complex, entrenched rough sleepers, a supported housing environment can prove too overwhelming due to a number of issues including their own mental health, addiction and offending background. Women, in particular, can find mixed hostels too challenging to sustain. So the cycle of sleeping rough continues as a person’s health deteriorates and their support needs increase – the streets become harder to escape from.
What does it mean for a rough sleeper?
Historically, rough sleepers have had to prove that they are ready to live independently; that they are engaging with services and able to meet a criteria. Whilst living on the streets or in and out of crisis accommodation – this is not always achievable. Many of the rough sleepers we work with have experienced trauma such as abuse and bereavement; which impacts on their resilience as adults. We embrace the fact that everyone is unique, and so we need to change the way we work in order to meet our clients’ needs.
Why in partnership?
Working in partnership with Curo and DHI means that the person moving into their new tenancy can receive good quality accommodation and services alongside specialist support. Sustaining the tenancy forever is the goal for everyone and each partner plays a unique and specialist part in ensuring the support needs of the person can be met and their tenancy is long lasting.
Find out more about our services and how we support people suffering from homelessness.
2019 July 8 by Kayleigh Reed
This year, we’ll be attending Valley Fest from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th August and running a series of bike workshops all designed to help festival-goers get to grips with important bike maintenance.
Valley Fest 2019
Now in its fifth year, Valley Fest is an annual music and food festival held on the grounds of Yeo Valley Farm in the Chew Valley area. It’s a celebration of everything local and this year will also see music performances from big names like Razorlight and Basement Jaxx.
In amongst it all, we’ll be running our “Brain Cycle Workshop – Beginners Guide to Bike Maintenance” workshops at our tent at 10am and 3pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August. Each workshop is limited to six places and is perfect for youngsters, families and bike enthusiasts.
Julian House Bike Workshop manager Mark and his skilled team of mechanics will be covering:
- How to safely check your bike, making sure it’s in a safe working order before riding etc.
- Basic home maintenance. Changing tubes, checking tyre pressures, basic gear/brake tuning, cleaning and lubing.
- Why it is important to have the correct size and type of bike for your journey.
Please email email@example.com to secure your place or for more information. Free to attend, but a suggested donation of £10. All of the money goes into Julian House to ensure we can help vulnerable and socially excluded people.
Talks at the festival
We’ll also be holding a “Brain Cycle Talk – Bike maintenance made easy + Q&A with the experts” in our tent at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Here you’ll discover how to care for your bike, more about Julian House and how we use bikes to help people suffering from homelessness and domestic abuse. Free to attend. Just turn up.
2019 July 8 by Kayleigh Reed
The 4th July 2019 saw the Brain of Bath celebrate its 20th anniversary event and what an event it was. Held in the stunning Bath Assembly Rooms, this year saw 17 local businesses batting it out to win the coveted Brain of Bath title.
While competition was tough, there could only be one winner and with only four points in it, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios were crowned victorious at the end of the night.
A huge congratulations to the team and all of the other teams who took part. After 10 rounds of some very tough quiz questions including a country and capitals round and a smells round (always a favourite,) the scores were incredible close. There were less than ten points between 1st and 5th place.
|1||Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios||224|
|5||City Financial Planning||215|
See the rest of the scores here.
We hope everyone enjoyed the night and a big thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who acted as our runners and markers on the night. We really couldn’t have done it with out you. Likewise a big thanks to Priority IT who adjudicated and totted up the scores and of course to Bel Mooney, our very own quiz mistress. She really lifted the room and helped ensure everyone had a fantastic time.
Of course, the aim of the event was to raise much needed funds for Julian House and its services. So thank you to everyone involved and to our sponsors Deloitte. The raffle also raised an additional £440 and our auction an additional £735. A special thanks to Bath Building Society, Bath Golf Club, Mulberry and Iford Arts for donating these auction prizes
So quiz fans, until next year!
2019 July 4 by Kayleigh Reed
After supporting Emma, age 20, for several weeks with Nightstop Devon, she is now settling into her room in a shared house. However, her journey to this point was far from easy and, unfortunately, something we have heard before.
Emma had to flee her home due to domestic violence. The timing couldn’t have been worse. She had already decided that she needed to move out, but her new home wasn’t available for several weeks.
In order to try and bridge the gap, Emma asked her biological family if they could help. Unfortunately, their small 2 bedroom flat wasn’t big enough. It was at this point she faced the option of sleeping on the streets or approaching Nightstop for support.
Emma is a remarkable young person who continues to hold down two jobs. She works long hours in order to pay off outstanding debts and to ensure she has enough money to pay rent and other basic living expenses.
The issues impacting on Emma are not of her own making, but she is working hard to address these. Emma also recognises the added stress of being homeless for several weeks and is hopeful that now life is more settled things will calm down for her.
Her dream job is to work in a care setting and the Nightstop Devon Young Persons Coach is continuing to support Emma – helping to fill out suitable job applications
*The young person’s name has been changed to protect their identity.
2019 June 10 by Kayleigh Reed
We’re pleased to announce we’ve recently teamed up with Hotels That Help. By booking your next holiday through our special link on HotelsThatHelp.co.uk/Julian-House, you will be giving money to Julian House at no extra cost to you! It’s that simple.
So how does it work?
At absolutely no added cost to you, you can book your next holiday through Hotels That Help and donate money to Julian House.
Hotels That Help earns money by sending you to leading booking websites like Booking.com/SkyScanner/ViaTor etc. (when you make a booking). Hotels that Help then passes these profits on to various charities seeking to tackle homelessness. This is all at no added cost to you whatsoever. Coming through HotelsThatHelp.co.uk does not increase the price at all and there are no added fees of any kind. You receive the same selection, booking process and customer support.
Hotels That Help is a non-profit social enterprise set up by Tom Nevitt and run by volunteers It’s a comprehensive accommodation and travel booking website, powered by big names like Booking.com, SkyScanner and LonelyPlanet. All profits are passed on to charities seeking to tackle homelessness and help people build independent, sustainable lives off the streets.
Speaking of the website, Tom Nevitt said: “There is a considerable lack of funding available for homelessness charities and initiatives. Homelessness is still on the rise and not enough is being done to help the 320,000+ people currently homeless in the UK. Many homeless charities struggle to raise funds themselves. Most do not receive any government funding and rely solely on donations. This is not an easy or sustainable way to operate – charities need funding. If government funding isn’t enough, or isn’t there at all, then it is up to businesses and non-profit organisations to make up for this lack of funding. That’s the main reason Hotels That Help was established.”
So next time you want to book a holiday, do so through HotelsThatHelp.co.uk/Julian-House. You’ll be able to book flights, accommodation, experiences and travel insurance through sites like Booking.com, G Adventures, SkyScanner and WorldNomads, AND support Julian House.
Tip: Bookmark the page to remind you next time you’re booking a holiday, or add it to your desktop.
2019 June 7 by Verity Jones
Many of the clients we support face daily struggles with their mental health. Our staff are well trained and experienced to ensure we are meeting clients’ immediate needs and working with other specialist services to ensure the client has access to as many support options as possible.
Julian House provides a high support housing project in Bath, with 10 beds for adults with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Autism and Asperger’s). The project has a dedicated support team whose work is backed by a small team of dedicated volunteers. We spoke to Abby, who has been volunteering at the project in Henrietta Street for many years about what an average session includes.
What does the average volunteering session at Henrietta Street involve?
When I get there I greet the residents, chat to the staff and find out what the meal is and how many people are eating. Then I cook the dinner, sometimes helped by one of the residents. A few examples of the meals I cook are: chicken korma, roast dinner and tuna pasta bake. During cooking I usually chat to a few of the more talkative residents which I really enjoy. After dishing up I wash and clear up.
How long have you volunteered at HS and how often?
I have volunteered at Henrietta Street for about 3 years, once a week on a Tuesday.
What motivated you to start volunteering specifically at Henrietta Street?
Growing up near London, I often saw people on the streets and felt incredibly sad. I wished I could do something to help. When I moved to Bath I heard a lot about the fantastic work that Julian house did and knew I wanted to be a part of that. I’ve worked in education for years and am passionate about supporting children with special needs. I sometimes worry about the children we support lacking that support in adulthood so the idea of volunteering at a place specifically supporting adults with autism really appealed to me.
What do you find most rewarding?
Chatting to the residents while I cook- they all have different passions and interests and I feel I learn something new every week whether it’s about football, politics, airsoft or film! I really enjoy getting to know them and it’s lovely when they get involved with the cooking.
How do you find the time whilst working full-time?
It’s definitely a challenge! I have to be very quick leaving work to not get stuck in traffic. The staff there are really supportive and know I run a little late sometimes but will get everything ready and sometimes pre cook anything that will take longer. Although it can be stressful, I love that one day a week I leave work early and go and do something completely different that helps other people and makes a difference.
If you are interested in volunteering we have loads of roles available, take a look here.
2019 May 22 by Verity Jones
The Tenancy Ready Scheme is a new and exciting Exeter based project. The team works with individuals who are living in supported accommodation who are ready to move into their own tenancies. All of these people have overcome a background of rough sleeping and are now ‘tenancy ready’.
The scheme works in partnership with a collection of Registered Social Landlords (housing associations) who are providing self-contained flats. We continue to support each person to maintain their tenancy by working with their strengths and believe that this opportunity of having a settled home will enable these individuals to continue to rebuild their lives.
The Tenancy Ready Scheme was commissioned by Exeter City Council with funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI), and is a collaboration between Julian House and BCHA.
The aim of the project is to reduce rough sleeping. This is achieved by assisting ‘tenancy ready’ individuals into social housing in order to ‘clear’ the housing pathway so that more individuals who are currently rough sleeping can access accommodation.
One Tenancy Ready client, Sarah said that the Outreach Team helped save her life whilst she was rough sleeping 2 years ago. She was in a very dark place and her physical health was deteriorating because of life on the streets.
The Team supported her into supported housing where she stopped using drugs and later moved into her own flat. She is still clean now and is looking to volunteer with the Outreach Team in order to give back to those who helped her through such a difficult time. She also wants to use her experience to reach out to others who are in the same situation that she was in 2 years ago.
2019 May 17 by Verity Jones
2019 April 17 by Verity Jones
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!
2019 March 4 by Verity Jones
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.”
2019 February 11 by Verity Jones
Last Thursday, Cathy Adcock and Jessica Gay, from Julian Houses’s fundraising team, were invited into Newbridge Primary School to watch a very special assembly. The assembly was led by a group of year 4 pupils who stood up in front of their fellow classmates to tell them all about the Julian House’s Big Bath Sleep-Out and why they should get involved .
Some of the pupils made some fantastic posters promoting the Sleep-Out event, while others read aloud speeches which they had written to persuade their friends to join.
One of the young pupils also made a fantastic video all about Julian House using just her iPad. The video explored the services that we run and also how we help vulnerable people. At the assembly, we presented her with a special certificate to thank her for her hard work and creativity.
Welling up at 8yo’s video she has made about the work of @JulianHouseUK she made it off her own bat entirely independently. All her own words. I didn’t even know she knew how to use iMovie and google image search! She is proper amazing. 😍 pic.twitter.com/638GU1C1tX
— Alice Hoyle (@AliceHoylePSHE) 21 December 2018
A huge thank you to Newbridge Primary for supporting us.
2019 February 11 by Verity Jones
Did you know we have a Benefits and financial capability adviser working in Exeter.
Financial capability and understanding benefit entitlements are integral parts of resolving homelessness. Many of the people we support are not in receipt of their full benefit entitlement, with many more struggling to budget their income, or knowing what sources of information are safe; especially online.
Sarah Dyton, who is based in Co-Lab in Exeter says:
“I look at income maximisation and whether there is any scope to increase someone’s income, whilst trying to reduce their outgoings. This entails a full review of the client’s circumstances including any health needs. I then undertake a benefit check and assist with making a claim if needed; completing the relevant application forms.
Clients often need support to then challenge a benefit application if it has been turned down, which I can also help with.
Most clients are struggling to manage their weekly or monthly budget and need support with this. One of the ways I do this is by helping to identify ways of reducing their outgoings.
For instance, those on water meters and means-tested benefits are eligible for a reduced water tariff. I look at any possible savings, consider with the clients how they may prioritise their expenditure to ensure priority outgoings are met.
A large number of clients I support have debts. My role is to help the client understand their choices, what impact any action might have and assist with whatever action, if any, they decide on. This might be applying for support from a Debt Relief Order Intermediary, or negotiating directly with non-priority creditors to agree an affordable repayment plan.
I’m am also able to access discreet grant funding, both locally and nationally. These aren’t always advertised, so I investigate and then apply with the permission of my client. These funds can help with things like deposits, furniture or utility bills. Lots of energy companies run their own schemes, which is a great way to support their customers on low incomes.
Debt and money problems cause a great deal of anxiety, so getting some help is an important first step in getting on top of personal finances and feeling in control”.
Our financial services are a collaborative project with Martin Lewis and Trailblazer working with clients suffering from any mental health condition and who are vulnerably housed with a view to homeless prevention. For more information please contact Sarah Dyton at firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 February 1 by Verity Jones
After 7 years as Chief Executive of Julian House, Peter Denning has stepped down from his role.
Peter has led the organisation through an exciting period of growth and development. This included a major refurbishment of the Manvers St hostel, increased supported housing provision and the development of new services. Underpinning this expansion there has been significant focus on keeping clients central to all that we seek to achieve.
We wish Peter every success for the future.Whilst it is always sad to say goodbye, the board and senior team are excited about the opportunities in front of us. The process of recruiting a new Chief Executive has now commenced. In the interim the charity’s Chair of Trustees, Joy Saunders (a former international development charity CEO) will be leading Julian House. Our focus remains to provide vital support to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society, through a suite of quality services across the region. Not just changing lives. Often saving lives.
2019 January 10 by Verity Jones
Are you seeking to challenge yourself this year? Are you looking for something you can get your friends involved in? Then sign up to Julian House’s 10th Big Bath Sleep-Out.
We’re challenging you, your family, friends and work colleagues to ditch the comfort of your bed and sleep out for just one night under the stars, on Friday 8 March 2019. In doing so, you’ll help raise vital funds and make an incredible difference to those forced to sleep out every night.
Giving up just one night really could transform the lives of others.
So get your family, friends and work colleagues together and join us and hundreds of others on Friday 8th March 2019 in Alice Park for the 10th Big Bath Sleep-Out.
Event organiser, Cathy Adcock, says: “Of course, no-one is under any illusion that spending one cold night in Alice Park could possibly come close to the stark reality of being homeless and sleeping on the streets. People taking part in the Big Bath Sleep-Out may be cold and a little wet – one year we even had snow! However, the next morning people taking part can go home, have a warm bath, a cooked breakfast, chat to family and friends about their experience or just catch up on lost sleep. The big difference for people who are forced to sleep rough is that they don’t have that option.
The event has proven popular with: families; groups of friends and work colleagues; and children as young as four taking part. We’ve also welcomed large teams from Scout and Guide groups, organisations and companies – who’ve rallied together to take on the challenge. Supporting the Sleep-Out gives members of the public the chance to empathise with those who are forced to sleep on the streets and raise sponsorship to help Julian House support them – not just changing lives – but often saving lives.”
Find out more about the event here.
2018 December 20 by Verity Jones
Barney was sleeping rough in West Dorset for 2 years and drinking heavily for much of this time. The outreach team in Dorset got to know him over this period and were able to build up some trust – Barney has had extremely traumatic incidents in his life and finds it difficult to put his scepticism to one side.
In March 2017 he moved into local authority temporary accommodation with the support of the outreach team and they have continued to go beyond their remit to provide support. Barney finds dealing with the ‘system’ – be that the local authority or DWP (department for work and pensions) – extremely stressful and starts to entertain thoughts of going back to his tent when he feels he can’t cope. When he is relaxed and happy, Barney has an incredibly extensive repertoire of slightly bad taste (and some very bad taste) jokes which he can deliver in the manner of a stand up routine – or just off the cuff to embarrass the team.
Barney relayed his own story through his outreach worker: “I was sleeping in a tent in Bridport for 2 years after splitting up with my wife. I was using alcohol to make life bearable on the street. It also helped me deal with losing my two sons – one in childhood and the other tortured and murdered as an adult. I finally realised that I didn’t want to drink anymore and managed to quit whilst still rough sleeping.
I became ill with bell’s palsy and went for respite at Pilsdon Manor. The Pilsdon Community helped me back on my feet, but I returned to the tent. The outreach team would come out first thing in the morning with coffee, they set up an assessment with the Housing Team at the local council and drove me over there. I was placed in temporary accommodation in Dorchester. I was referred to another organisation for support but didn’t build up the trust I had with the outreach team, so they continued to support me into my long term accommodation in sheltered housing. I wish I could say it has all been plain sailing, but I had to go on to Universal Credit when I moved and problems with that have caused me massive amounts of stress. On the plus side, I have been able to set up aquariums in my flat and I am a keen fisherman.
2018 December 11 by Verity Jones
Friday 14th December is Local Charities day, an initiative set up to encourage people to support the local charities that make a difference on their door steps.
Julian House has many life changing projects across the South West of the UK, supporting some of the most marginalised members of society. Click here to find out what we do in your area.
Supporting a local charity means you are making a difference to people right on your doorstep, you can see the difference your support is creating.
If your not sure the best way to get involved with Julian House we have put together a list here of how you can support:
If you see a homeless person in your area and are wondering what you can do to help, there are a number of things you can do.
- You can report the details via Streetlink. This will alert us and we can send an outreach worker to engage with them.
- You can contact your local council or look on their website for SWEP (severe weather emergency provision) details. You can then talk to the rough sleeper about this information so they have a choice.
- You can ask the rough sleeper what they need in terms of bedding/clothes/hot drinks.
If you want to know how you can help in general you might like to think about the following;
- Volunteering at one of our many projects, there is always lots going on including; catering at the emergency hostel, volunteering in our charity shops or bike workshops, helping at fundraising events or ad-hoc admin support. There are also mentoring and befriending opportunities. Find which opportunities are available here.
- Alternatively, you might like to join us at one of our fundraising events that do a great deal to raise our profile, as well as much needed funds.
- You may like to make a one off or regular donation so that Julian House can support more homeless and vulnerable people.
- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Like and share our posts so that we can raise more awareness.
2018 November 27 by Verity Jones
An amber weather warning didn’t stop 83 hardy souls from sleeping out on Friday night as they took part in the Big Exeter Sleep-Out.
The event, which took place at St James’ Park, was organised to raise awareness and funds for Julian House. Although the participants were only sleeping out for one night one of the important the goals of the event was to raise awareness of what some people have to do every night. Those taking part were also asked to raise sponsorship to support the charity’s projects in the area. These include – Nightstop Devon, Assertive Homeless Outreach, Criminal Justice, Exeter Bike Workshop and Supported Housing. Another recently launched service is Exeter Safesleep, in conjunction with BCHA, on behalf of Exeter City Council with funding from Government.
Event organiser, Sarah Lakey from Julian House, was delighted with the turn out – “The weather forecast was pretty grim so for 78 people, including 11 children, to leave behind the comfort of their homes was tremendous. Several people did comment that it wouldn’t have felt right allowing the weather to put them off coming. After all homeless people often don’t have any other option but the street.
During the night we had spare blankets and sleeping bags for those whose own kit wasn’t enough for the conditions, which we were happy to provide. For many it was a long night but whilst they were munching their well-earned bacon sandwich the next morning they were quick to acknowledge the powerful lesson the experience had taught them.”
Exeter City Community Trust provided valuable support – both in terms of the venue and other important logistics. Sarah Lakey was also keen to acknowledge their help – “Without them it wouldn’t have happened. The team at ECCT were amazing. Likewise we are indebted to our main event sponsor, BPA Quality, who not only provided financial support but also volunteers and a team who slept out. Rapid Relief Team provided the breakfast – a well earned reward for everyone.”
Sponsorship from the event is still coming in but we hope that the final figure will be in excess of £10,000.
2018 November 26 by Verity Jones
The following was written by a client from one of our supported housing projects.
My whole life has been based around alcohol, drugs and violence, I never knew what emotions were like or experienced any in my drinking days. I knew if I carried on living like this, I would end up in prison or dead, prison got to me first.
Going to prison was the start to changing my life and making me the man I am today. While my time in prison was horrible not knowing when my cell door would open and when it did, was it a prison officer or another prisoner come to beat me up. I decided to look for opportunities to better myself. I completed all the courses I could and became a classroom helper in the health and wellbeing course, Naomi the teacher taught me that it’s OK to talk about things rather than let them overload your mind with bad thoughts. I also completed all the alcohol and drug groups which taught me to relax without having to use alcohol and the best way of dealing with situations and emotions.
When I was released from prison, I moved into a Julian house project which is a dry house, I was nervous to start with, then I met Sarah my key worker and felt at ease. Sarah is always there to listen to you and help you with any situations. Julian house has kept me sober, I still think about alcohol but knowing I am in a dry house helps to keep me sober. My target every day is not to drink.
I now have a loving partner, stepdaughter, daughter and granddaughter who are in my life, I know I am not alone, I can jump on a bus to see my family when I like which is a good feeling. My thinking is changing to how I see my life in the future.
I use my time wisely and like to keep myself busy. There is a gym in the dry house that I can use 24/7. I have decorated rooms in the house and have been keeping the garden and house clean and tidy.
My main targets are setting goals to better myself, I am volunteering at the Julian house bike workshop which I love and have met some good friends there. I have also completed a first aid course with Julian house and met some of the other residents from other houses while at the course who were friendly.
I have realised in the past I made every day hard work and thought things were impossible to change. Now I write a daily plan, set achievable goals. I’ve learnt how to compromise so everyone is happy, I find a balance in every situation an example of this is the windows in the house, when I was in prison, I was in a box 8ft by 10ft with no option to open a window I didn’t realise how good fresh air feels until it was taken away, I would like the window always open but know that others in the house don’t, I compromised using times when and when not, to have them open while I am living in a shared house.
Thank you to everybody that has helped me to come this far, I will continue to make my daily plans and set achievable goals.
2018 October 30 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 October 24 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 October 16 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 September 24 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 September 20 by Verity Jones
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.”
2018 September 17 by Verity Jones
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”.
2018 August 28 by Verity Jones
Tuesday 11th September 4pm -7pm
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
2018 August 20 by Verity Jones
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!
2018 July 10 by Verity Jones
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”.
2018 June 26 by Verity Jones
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’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.
2018 June 25 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 April 26 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 April 23 by Verity Jones
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:
2018 April 19 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 April 18 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 February 22 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 February 22 by Verity Jones
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.
2018 February 21 by Verity Jones
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 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.”
2017 December 20 by Verity Jones
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.
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.”
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.
2017 December 3 by Verity Jones
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.
“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!
2017 November 23 by Verity Jones
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 »
2017 November 21 by Verity Jones
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.
2017 November 14 by Verity Jones
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 »
2017 November 1 by Verity Jones
Last month the travelling communities support team held a community day at Carrswood View Gypsy Traveller site; with great success.
2017 September 27 by Verity Jones
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!
2017 July 7 by Matthew Roberts
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 http://www.priority-it.co.uk/brain-bath-2017-results/
2017 May 4 by Matthew Roberts
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.
Fundraising & PR Director
2017 January 19 by Matthew Roberts
Jane 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!
2017 January 19 by Matthew Roberts
Meet 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.
2017 January 19 by Matthew Roberts
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”.
2016 October 5 by Matthew Roberts
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.
2016 May 18 by Matthew Roberts
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 email@example.com.
Kindly supported by
2015 October 8 by Matthew Roberts
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.
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.
2015 October 1 by Matthew Roberts
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.”
2015 September 30 by Matthew Roberts
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.
2015 March 31 by Matthew Roberts
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.
2015 March 12 by Matthew Roberts
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.
The 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 away 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.
2015 March 12 by Matthew Roberts
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.
2015 March 9 by Matthew Roberts
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.
The 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.
2015 February 9 by Matthew Roberts
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.
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.”
2011 December 21 by admin
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”.