2020 September 15 by Verity Jones
Help women and children escaping domestic abuse at one of the most difficult and scary times in their life.
The Coronavirus outbreak has been difficult for everyone. But imagine having to choose between self isolating with your abusive partner, or escaping with young children at the height of a pandemic.
“More than 40,000 calls and contacts were made to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, almost 80% higher than usual, during the first three months of lockdown.”
For women and children in our refuge, life is challenging. Many have left with nothing to their name, no clothes, no possessions. Many have been forced to leave family pets at home. Children have been taken out of schools, to prevent the perpetrator from finding them, and have been taken to a place where everything is unfamiliar.
When women and their families first come to our refuge, they are greeted by one of our support workers who is there to care and help the family settle in. While there is some relief in finding shelter after such a trauma, moving into a unknown place is daunting. Everything in unknown and uncertain, nothing you used to know.
Due to financial constraints and high demand, the rooms in our refuge have become worn. Things are over-used and tired and they don’t provide the homely feel our families so desperately need at this scary time. That un-explainable feeling that provides comfort and reassurance.
But you can help change that. Our refuges desperately need to purchase new essential items, decor and new mattresses to re-vamp their rooms and help our families settle in.
Our refuges need 12 new mattresses at a cost of £160 each. On top of this, we would love to purchase new toys for every child in our refuge. A toy not only provides much needed comfort, but also provides a feeling of ownership a child so desperately needs at this time. We hope to purchase toys and books suitable for all genders, ages and cultures.
Please donate today and help support vulnerable families moving into refuge. Help provide that ‘feeling of home.’
2020 September 15 by Verity Jones
On 16th September, Jenny John and her colleagues at the Bath Job Centre began their virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge to support Julian House and the vulnerable men and women experiencing homelessness within their care.
The virtual challenge will see Jenny and her team collectively travelling the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats – a whopping 603 miles. They can choose which ever activity they wish to complete their miles including walking, running, jogging, swimming or cycling.
Along their virtual journey, the team will also be ‘calling in’ on the other Job Centres. Jenny said “We hope everyone will get behind us as we raise a bit of money for Julian House and improve our fitness along the way we pass along the way. On 23rd September we will be ‘dropping in’ on our colleagues in Bodmin and Launceston who are planning their own event on this date.”
She added: “Every year we choose a charity to support. We raise funds by having cake sales, dress down days, raffles etc. Our charity for this year is Julian House. The nomination was made by a member of our team who provides a link between the Jobcentre and the local organisations working with the homeless. We have worked closely with Julian House for many years, so it was a popular nomination. The rest of the team voted overwhelmingly for Julian House to be our chosen charity.
As traditional fundraising methods aren’t practical now, I asked the team for ideas of how we could support Julian House. A colleague suggested we walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, virtually of course. The team loved the idea and it has now evolved into a much bigger event. I have planned the route and contacted the Jobcentres we will pass along the way. Many of them have arranged their own local event to coincide with our virtual visit, we’re starting in Penzance on 16th September and the staff there will be joining in with our launch.”
Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay, added: “I love this idea. As Jenny mentioned, most traditional fundraising events aren’t possible at this time, but this virtual challenge is genius and proves that fundraising is still possible, especially at a time where charities desperately need the public’s support. We work with very similar clientele and the Job Centre do a brilliant job of supporting people back into work and back on to their feet. I’d like to say a big thank you for their support.”
Find out more about their virtual challenge and donate to support the Job Centre Staff here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jennifer-John5
2020 September 2 by Kayleigh Reed
Julian House has announced the appointment of Dr Phil Hammond as its new patron.
For most good causes the role of the patron is to add profile to the organisation’s work and be a powerful advocate to a much wider audience than might otherwise be the case. In both respects he is expected to help enormously.
Dr Hammond works in a highly regarded NHS team for young people with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. In addition, he is also a writer, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian. He regularly appears on a number of TV shows including The One Show, Have I Got News For You and Countdown.
Helen Bedser is the Julian House Chief Executive: “We are absolutely delighted that Dr Hammond has agreed to support our work. His lengthy clinical experience and passion for social issues means that he can help us to give a louder voice to socially excluded and often vulnerable individuals – particularly in the areas of homelessness, domestic abuse and prison resettlement.
There is no doubt that over the past ten years or so attitudes have changed and there is a much greater understanding of the real issues which impact on homelessness. Likewise domestic abuse is much more out in the open and victims are more empowered to seek help – rather than suffer in silence. We would like this process of change to accelerate and our new patron will be a huge help in achieving this.”
Dr Hammond’s first day in the role for Julian House included a tour of some of the charity’s key projects, meeting staff and gaining a better understanding of the breadth of the charity’s work. He was impressed by what he saw: “What is so impressive about Julian House is not just the enthusiasm, compassion and expertise of its staff, but the sheer range of projects they oversee and people they help. They support people struggling with homelessness, domestic abuse, addiction, unemployment, prison resettlement, family break up and mental health issues, those living with autism and Asperger’s, and those in the travelling community. If we want to achieve the goal of ‘health for all’ we need ‘help for all’, particularly when we are at our most vulnerable. Julian House is not just the embodiment of this, but the team’s success in turning lives around is inspiring and profoundly moving. I am proud to be patron.”
2020 June 30 by Verity Jones
Our charity shops are opening
A huge thank you to everyone who donated items to our charity shops. We have been inundated, which is fantastic. Now we start the task of sorting, ready to get the stock out on the shelves.
This is great news for the charity because these popular retail outlets generate much needed funds for our various projects and services.
At the moment just three shops are open – Walcot St in Bath, Market Place, Frome and in the Shires in Trowbridge. Opening hours will be slightly reduced (10-4) and social distancing measures will be introduced but otherwise it is business as usual.
Because of the need to quarantine stock there is extra space pressure in our stock rooms. For this reason we are only accepting donations during pre- booked slots at the shops (no more than two bags or boxes). In this way we can manage the volume and keep staff and customers safe.
Women’s & Men’s Clothing – Clean and no obvious flaws or marks
Bric a brac – Items which you know others might buy
CDs & DVDs
Good quality duvet sets (no duvets please)
Small electrical items (must be in working order)
No furniture or large electrical items
Thank you in advance for your support.
The shop phone numbers are –
Walcot St 01225 331114,
Chatham Row 01225 311615,
Frome 01373 467940,
Trowbridge 01225 753648
2020 June 16 by Kayleigh Reed
Julian House has launched its annual Circuit of Bath Walk, happening on Sunday 27th September, and is calling on the public to join them in stepping out and standing up against homelessness.
The sponsored circular walk, now in its 19th year, will see participants walking around some of Bath’s most beautiful countryside and surrounding villages, with spectacular views across the historic city itself. While the charity is encouraging as many people as possible to take on the full 20-mile route in 2020, participants can choose their own distance and start point thanks to the five checkpoints along the route and a free shuttle bus service between each.
Due to Coronavirus, Julian House has had to cancel or postpone all its other fundraising events for the year and until recently close its charity shops and bike workshops, which will result in a massive hit of over £200,000 to its income. Income will helps fund its vital services.
Senior Community & Events Fundraiser, Jess Gay said: “The Circuit of Bath is a really important event in our fundraising calendar – especially this year. Everything our participants raise in sponsorship by taking on the walk will be used to help fund our vital services, including our hostel and domestic abuse refuge, which have been in high demand during the pandemic and will likely continue to be as lockdown eases.
We are very aware of the situation around COVID-19 and will continue to monitor and follow the advice being issued. The safety of the community, participants, staff and volunteers is and always will be our top priority and thanks to the staggered start points social distancing can be followed if still necessary by September. We would like to reassure anyone who purchases a ticket to the event that they will have the option of a refund if the event has to be cancelled for this reason.”
Early bird tickets are now on sale until 30th June. £10 Adult, £5 Child and additional group discount for 10 or more people. Dogs are always very welcome.
Jess Gay added: “While participant’s entry fee goes towards the cost of organising the walk, every pound and penny they raise through sponsorship goes towards helping us support vulnerable men, women and children in our care. There is no minimum sponsorship target, but we hope people will aim to raise as much as possible to help us through this extremely challenging time so we can support as many people as possible.”
Further details and tickets can be found online at www.circuitofbathwalk.co.uk.
For any other details please get in touch with Community and Events Fundraiser Jess Gay on 07939055432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 June 16 by Kayleigh Reed
Local mental health worker Helen Brian has launched a GoFundMe Appeal to help publish her children’s book about homelessness in aid of charity Julian House. After suffering from anxiety and seeing the devastating effects of homelessness, her book entitled Elvis seeks to spread a positive message while raising money for a good cause.
As a support worker in Bath, Helen has seen first-hand the effects of homelessness. Many of her clients suffer with low self-esteem, confidence issues and mental health problems. Something which Helen herself suffered with at university:
“When I left school 20 years ago, I think it’s safe to say that I had a very bright future ahead of me. I was a reasonably accomplished classical singer, a creative writer and got a place at university to pursue both. My dream was to study children’s literature and become a published author. I enjoyed my course and was doing well until suddenly, at the end of the first year, I began to experience horrendous and uncontrollable anxiety. I finally withdrew from my studies six months later, when it became apparent that I could not even sit in a lecture theatre without becoming overwhelmed and suffering anxiety attacks.”
After leaving university, Helen went on to become a mental health support worker and a mother – another reason which encouraged her to get back to writing:
“Last year my three-year-old son asked me to tell him a story and it was then I realised that my passion for writing was still in me somewhere and with his help, I slowly began to create my children’s characters again… I wrote this book to highlight the message that homelessness and other difficult circumstances can happen to any of us unexpectedly and through no fault of our own. I feel that it is so important to instil that message in young children.”
With homelessness now being a common sight in towns and cities, she hopes the book, named after the main character who is an elephant, will help children understand that homelessness can happen to anyone. But equally how an act of kindness, however small, can help transform someone else’s life for the better.
With all the book’s profits being donated to charity Julian House, who support men and women experiencing homelessness across the South West, Helen is asking the public for support in helping her bring Elvis’ message alive. She’s hoping to raise £3500 in financial support to cover illustration, book design, printing costs and distribution and hopes individuals, companies and sponsors will get behind her message.
“It’s taken a great deal of courage for me to finally put pen to paper and put my work out there. I would love for it to be used in such a positive way.”
To find out more and support the appeal please click here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/elvis-book-launch-for-julian-house
2020 June 9 by Verity Jones
A huge thank you to everyone who donated items to our charity shops. We have been inundated, which has been incredible. We unfortunately don’t have the storage space to take any more donations until further notice. Thank you again and now we start the task of sorting, ready to get the stock out on the shelves.
Julian House is starting to open its charity shops. This is great news for the charity because these popular retail outlets generate much needed funds for our various projects and services.
Initially just three outlets will be opening from Monday 15th June – Walcot St in Bath, Market Place, Frome and in the Shires in Trowbridge. Opening hours will be slightly reduced (10-4) and social distancing measures will be introduced but otherwise we are hoping for business as usual.
For the first few weeks of opening we are asking that stock donations are not dropped off at the shops and instead delivered to our offices at 55 New King, Bath, BA1 2BN* on the following Fridays – 12th, 19th & 26th June (10:00-16:00). All donations will be quarantined for 3 days and then pre-sorted for the shops. This will help us to manage the huge influx of stock that is expected after the lock down and allow the shops a bit of breathing space whilst they get used to the new ways of working in their cramped stock rooms.
Women’s & Men’s Clothing – Clean and no obvious flaws or marks
Bric a brac – Items which you know others might buy
CDs & DVDs
Good quality duvet sets (no duvets please)
Small electrical items (must be in working order)
No furniture or large electrical items
Thank you in advance for your support.
*For Frome and Trowbridge donations, if delivering to Bath is difficult please telephone the shop and book a drop-off slot – 01373 467940 01225 753648 respectively.
2020 June 5 by Kayleigh Reed
Last week, during the half term holidays, local schoolgirl Phoebe Pudsey-Dawson challenged herself to run 50km to support people experiencing homelessness and raise money for Julian House. With an initial fundraising target of £200, Phoebe smashed it by raising an incredible £840 for the local charity.
After hearing a talk at her local primary school in Marksbury about homelessness and how Julian House helps vulnerable people, 9-year-old Phoebe wanted to do something to help the charity during this difficult time. So, she laced up her running shoes and ran every day for seven days to meet her 50km target. She also wrote and delivered a letter to her local neighbours in the village to rally support for her self-organised fundraiser.
Speaking about why she wanted to raise money for Julian House, she wrote: “Sadly, due to Covid-19, charities have lost a lot of money because many fundraising events have had to be cancelled. Their [Julian House’s] work is critical at the moment as they help the most vulnerable people in our society. Self-isolation, social distancing and maintaining safe levels of handwashing is difficult for those without a home living on the street.”
A regular at the Bath Skyline Parkrun, Phoebe wanted to combine her passion for running with helping others, writing: “I am going to run 50 km (31 miles) in seven days. I hope to run between 5 and 7km each day. It would be really nice if you could sponsor me so I can help raise money for the hardworking and caring charity Julian House.”
Her personal letter proved a hit with neighbours and donations came pouring in, meaning Phoebe smashed her initial target to raise £840.
Jess Gay, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser at Julian House said: “I’d like to say a big well done to Phoebe. Not only running everyday for 7 days to reach 50km, but her idea to send a letter to local neighbours was inspired. Her personal letter was beautifully written and her level of compassion for others is incredible heart-warming, especially during these difficult times.
Due to the Coronavirus, the cancellation/postponement of our fundraising events and the closure of all our charity shops has meant we’ve predicted an income loss of at least £200,000. The money Phoebe has raised will be used to help fund our services, like our hostel, domestic abuse refuge and outreach, so we can continue supporting very vulnerable people at this difficult time.”
You can support Phoebe by donating to her Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Phoebe-Pudsey-Dawson
Or donate to Julian House’s COVID-19 Appeal here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/JulianHouse-CoronavirusFund
2020 June 4 by Kayleigh Reed
Last week local journalists spoke to us about the future of people experiencing homelessness currently within our care. Many were asking, what will happen after lock down?
Since lock down, we’ve helped 40 additional men and women off the streets into safe and supported accommodation. After a Government mandate and additional essential funding to acquire suitable accommodation for rough sleepers, we worked with BANES Council and partners including DHI, to support these vulnerable adults into accommodation sites in Bath.
Since having these extra accommodation sites, we have seen huge changes and an improvement in people’s mental health, a reduction in drug use and in some cases complete abstinence.
We’re now working to support these individuals, with regular checks and support from our support workers, mental and physical health care support and daily delivery of meals and essential supplies.
BBC Points West got in touch to speak with two of our residents, Derrick and Patrick, our outreach team leader Becci Miller and PR & Fundraising Director Cecil Weir about what we’re currently doing, how it’s made an impact and what we’re trying to do to ensure no one has to return to the streets.
Future of homelessness?
It’s clear that long term, sustainable accommodation is key to eradicating rough sleeping. We’ve seen huge improvement in the wellbeing of the men and women in our care and that’s just within a few weeks.
With additional Government financial support, and a collaborative effort with our partners, we hope this can be permanent.
The effect of sustainable accommodation is clear and has been seen in our Housing First partnership with Curo and DHI. This has made a demonstrable difference to some of the most vulnerable, entrenched rough sleepers in Bath and North East Somerset. Read more here.
2020 June 4 by Kayleigh Reed
A big thank you to staff from leading bathroom fittings’ company, Roper Rhodes who donated PPE equipment and masks to our front line staff.
Members of the New Product Development team at Roper Rhodes wanted to use the lockdown time in a productive way and raised donations and utilised their network of global suppliers to bring in vital PPE.
This was a wonderfully imaginative use a company’s skills and contacts to help front line organisations during this very challenging time. Because of their huge experience in sourcing products from overseas the Roper Rhodes team got in touch and asked us exactly what we needed. They then raised some funding online and set about sourcing these items.
A big thank you to the team for arranging and delivering the supplies during this very difficult lock down period in double quick time.
2020 June 4 by Kayleigh Reed
This #VolunteersWeek2020 we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who help and support us across the organisation.
Everyone single one of you brings something invaluable to the charity and we’re incredibly grateful for your dedication and support. Our work is very different right now and we’re simply not the same organisation without our amazing volunteers – with our charity shops still closed and services adhering to social distancing.
We’re looking forward to welcoming all of volunteers back as soon as possible. Here’s a throw back to last year’s Volunteers Celebration Evening ❤️
2020 May 14 by Kayleigh Reed
Calling food suppliers in Bath & B&NES. We need your help!
Every lunch time in Bath we are providing meals for 73 people within our care. This includes everyone at our hostel and new supported accommodation sites for men and women with a history of rough sleeping.
At dinner time, we also cook and supply meals for 26 people.
Are you able to help us by cooking a meal and delivering it to our hostel, on Manvers Street?
Lunchtime meals need to be at the hostel at midday. Evening meals need to be at the hostel at 6pm. The meals then get split up and given to volunteer drivers who arrive at 12.30 and 6.30 to deliver the food.
This could be a one off event, once a month, once a fortnight or monthly. Also this can just be during the current crisis or continue when things become more normal.
Email email@example.com if you’re able to support us.
2020 May 11 by Verity Jones
Andrew (44) is currently in lockdown in a Julian House emergency accommodate site in Bath. Prior to this he had been trying to stay safe in the cramped environment of the charity’s 20 bed emergency hostel on Manvers Street.
Although Julian House staff had been doing their best to make the hostel building as safe as possible – including staggered meal times and hand sanitiser available for everyone, it was very apparent that what worked in normal times wouldn’t work now. It was for this reason that ten clients, including Andrew, were moved out to a temporary facility.
Looking back on how the pandemic has impacted his life, Andrew recalls when the seriousness of it all hit home – “We heard about it all on the news but it seemed very far away. We didn’t take it too seriously. When the shops closed, the streets became empty and people started to die, that’s when it became scary. Then the sanitiser arrived in the hostel. At that stage I was worried about the crowding there.”
Andrew has been in Bath for 15 years. Prior to this he grew up in another part of the country. In many respects he had a very conventional upbringing and early life. Working in the family business for a good many years. He remembers well how things started to go wrong. A family row and starting to move in different circles was the backdrop to his introduction to heroin. Prior to this his only relationship with drugs was a bit of cannabis now and again.
He fully acknowledges that the bad choices that were made were his. “It was a way of fitting in with others. But the trouble is you have to take more heroin to get the hit you had last time – until it takes over your life.”
Moving to Bath with a friend was a very deliberate effort by Andrew to break free from drug addiction and the destructive world that he was living in. Initially he had accommodation in the YMCA and then eventually he moved into a housing association flat. Life started to look good again. He got himself clean of drugs. He married and had two children.
But he and heroin and hadn’t quite finished with each other. Things started to unravel and once again he found himself on the streets. Not having a settled home put a strain on his marriage. During this time he was a frequent client at Julian House. Thankfully his family stepped in to look after his children which meant that they were safe and had continuity in their lives.
There have been some false dawns for Andrew. Moving out of the Manvers Street hostel in 2019 and sharing a place with a mate was a bad move. It didn’t work out.
He thinks he moved too soon. Looking back it would have been much better to go into a supported housing unit but this seemed like the best option for him at the time. “The support that I have had from Julian House and DHI has been brilliant. Now nearly a year on it’s probably a good time for me to make that move but Coronavirus has got in the way. I have been clean for 7 months and I’m feeling good. I’m on a methadone script but even now when they’ve bent the rules so that you get a week’s worth in one go, rather than the normal daily dose, I am not even tempted to gorge on it.”
The lock down has been hard on Andrew and the other clients. Like most people across society it is restrictive, and boredom is an issue but he acknowledges that things could be much worse. And the future?
“I look forward to having my own place again. Leaving Methadone behind. Getting a job and going fishing again. I have stayed in touch with my kids through all of my troubles and it will be great to see more of them too.”
2020 May 6 by Verity Jones
We are very pleased to announce that we are re-opening our Bath Bike Workshop this coming Saturday, the 9th May at 9am.
The Bike Workshop will then be open Tues – Sat from 9am to 5pm.
The safety of our customers, colleagues and the communities we serve is our primary consideration, so we will be strictly following social distancing guidelines.
We will make further announcements regarding the re-opening of our Bristol, Exeter and Trowbridge workshops soon.
We are able to provide the full range of services – new and used bikes, parts, accessories, repairs and servicing. We have good stock of new and used bikes, parts and accessories and our suppliers are operational for any hard to get parts or new bikes that we don’t have in stock.
We have only a skeleton staff, so for now we will only be able to take pre booked service and repair (call 01225 463350 Tuesday – Saturday 9-5), with priority given to key workers and NHS staff, and as always, we will always be as helpful and flexible as we are can.
We look forward to seeing you soon, to servicing our community, and in turn supporting the incredible work of Julian House – the homeless charity, that, right now, is facing tremendous challenges providing lifesaving services to vulnerable and homeless people.
For more information about how you can help directly, please click here.
2020 May 5 by Kayleigh Reed
Every day at Julian House we support and care for vulnerable men, women and children. Some have been forced to sleep rough, while others have been forced to flee their homes as a result of domestic abuse.
Life can be challenging for people in our care, especially during this uncertain time. But you can help us make a difference.
Help us by making a Garden of Hope and spread some positive messages to the men, women and children in our care. Take a picture and upload it on social media @JulianHouseUK so we can share them with people in our hostel and refuge.
Make a Garden of Hope
Task: Make a Garden of Hope and spread a message of hope to the men, women and children in our care.
You will need:
• Toilet rolls
• Cardboard (you can use an old cardboard box)
• Coloured paper
1) Paint all your toilet rolls green and leave to dry.
2) Using your templates, draw around your flowers, leaves and flower label.
3) Cut out all your flowers and leaves (you may need to ask an adult to do this!)
4) Using all your lovely paint, pens and coloured paper start decorating your leaves and flowers! The brighter the better!
5) Once your flowers and leaves are dry, glue the leaves to the front and back of your toilet roll.
6) Next either glue your flowers to the front of your toilet roll or using your scissors cut a small slit on either side of the flowers and slot them into your toilet roll.
7) Finally write your message of hope on your flower label! Be strong! Be happy!
Download Your Flower Template here.
After creating your flowers, please considering making a small donation to our Emergency Fund to help keep our life saving services open.
A big thank you to Kate Woods Crafts for helping us with this idea and developing and creating the flower template.
2020 May 1 by Kayleigh Reed
A huge well done and thank you to Paul Mussert, Sales Director at Smith Nephew, who completed the distance of an Ironman, 140.6 miles, in just under 6hrs 25min on his in-door spin bike. By doing so, he raised an amazing £1905 for Julian House.
Paul’s helping us support vulnerable people who are at real risk during this difficult time. Underlying health issues, the rigours of a street based lifestyle and simple impediments such as no access to washing facilities, all means that they are particularly at risk during the Coronavirus. Likewise the difficulty of not being able to safely self-isolate is another major threat.
On top of this, the Coronavirus has been a big threat to our services and our ability to fund them. So much so, we’re predicting an income loss of at least £200,000 – vital income we use to fund our life saving services.
Despite this, thanks to his support and the public’s we are making good gains. Our hostel and domestic abuse refuge is still open and still taking referrals, we’ve doubled our outreach sessions so we’ve got teams on the ground supporting rough sleepers and we’re working with partners to get as many rough sleepers into safe accommodation. Since the start of April, we’ve support 40 additional men and women with a history of rough sleeping into safe accommodation across BANES.
By taking on this challenge and raising money, Paul’s made a real difference in helping us do this and continue to support them. Thank You!
Find out more about his challenge and donate to support him here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ironmanin-doors
2020 April 28 by Kayleigh Reed
Join us for our next virtual quiz happening Friday 1st May at 1pm.
Join us for our lunch quiz, test your knowledge, have fun and help us raise much needed funds to keep our life saving services open during this crisis. With questions suitable for all ages and topics ranging from nature, literature, music, science and more, it’s the perfect excuse for 45 minute break for a good cause.
How to enter:
Make a minimum £2.50 donation here and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter the quiz.
How will it work:
Once you have made a donation and emailed me, I’ll be in touch to confirm your place. I’ll also send you instructions on how to join us for the live streamed quiz on our Facebook group.
By making a donation, rather than registering on Eventbrite, we’re able to reduce costs and can claim Gift Aid on your behalf, making your donation go even further.
During the Coronavirus crisis, your contribution helps us to support and save the lives of some of the most vulnerable men and women in society. In a time where all of our fundraising and community events have been cancelled or postponed, your helping to keep our life saving services open.
2020 April 28 by Kayleigh Reed
The 2.6 Challenge is a national challenge organised by London Marathon Events, The Great Run Company, Human Race and parkrun. It launched on 26 April, the original date of the 40th London Marathon.
The aim of the challenge is to encourage members of the public to get involved and raising money for their local charities during this really difficult time.
Supporters can sign up anytime after the 26th April and start a challenge based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to help to save the UK’s charities.
So far, our supporters have taken on some brilliant challenges to help us raise vital funds. From hula-hooping and star jumps, to treasure maps and assault courses, they’ve helped us raise over £4,500 and counting.
Supporter’s Challenge Videos
You can take on the 2.6 Challenge at any time. Just Sign Up Here
For extra inspiration, see our: 20 Unique 2.6 Challenge Ideas
Need extra help or ideas?
Email Jess on email@example.com or call on 07939055432
2020 April 21 by Kayleigh Reed
We’re calling on local families and schools to take part and support us in the 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April.
The national challenge, organised by mass participant event organisers, will see thousands of people taking part across the country and raising money for their charity of choice. Participants come up with an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to a charity of choice on or from the 26th April.
As such, we’ve created a 26-day challenge activity calendar aimed at encouraging school children to explore local wildlife, get creative and try out some sporty challenges, all for a good cause.
Children can follow along, choose one challenge to repeat every day, or complete a challenge then tag and challenge a friend or family member to do it after. Families can set up their own online fundraising pages to get sponsored or choose to donate to help us.
The challenge, which hopes to raise millions for charities nationwide, has been devised in response to the thousands of fundraising events that have been cancelled due to Covid-19. As a result of the pandemic, The National Council for Voluntary Organisations CEO Karl Wilding estimates that the UK charity sector will lose £4 billion in income.
The situation for Julian House is no different. Due to the Coronavirus, the cancellation/postponement of our fundraising events and the closure of all our charity shops and bike shops, we’ve predicted an income loss of at least £200,000. This is vital income needed to fund our life saving services including our hostel and domestic abuse refuge. Demand for our services is incredibly high, and we need to keep them open to support vulnerable men and women and save lives.
We hope this activity pack will inspire children to get involved and have some fun while supporting a good local cause.
To support our work and sign up to the challenge, click here.
For more information on The 2.6 Challenge, visit twopointsixchallenge.co.uk
2020 April 17 by Kayleigh Reed
The 2.6 Challenge is a national challenge organised by London Marathon Events, The Great Run Company, Human Race and parkrun to help raise money and support UK charities during the Coronavirus crisis. It launches on 26 April, the original date of the 40th London Marathon.
The idea is simple: come up with an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to help to support your charity of choice.
This is a challenge for all ages and abilities. Just get thinking of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday 26th April.
Running maybe the obvious choice, but your challenge ideas don’t have to stop there. We’ve created a list of 20 unique challenges to inspire anyone and everyone to get involved. Tag us on social media @JulianHouseUK to share your ideas.
20 Unique Challenge Ideas
For the sporty
- Complete 26 press ups/sit ups everyday for 26 days
- Walk 26,000 steps around your house and garden in one day
- Use a skipping rope to skip for 2.6 miles
- Create an assault course in your garden with 26 obstacles. Challenge your family to take part
- Climb 26,000 ft on your staircase, that’s 10,400 steps!
- If you have a football net try and score 26 goals in a row
For the creatives
- Write a 4 line poem everyday for 26 days
- Create a time lapse with your camera over the course of 26 days
- Draw/paint a picture everyday for 26 days
- Build a den/shelter in your garden in 26 minutes
- Learn and create 26 new origami shapes
- Find and take a photograph of 26 different natural things in your garden (i.e leaves, animals and flowers)
For the kids
- Do a sponsored silence for 2.6 mins everyday for 26 days
- Juggle for 2.6 minutes
- Build 26 different lego structures
- Wear a hat all day for 26 days
- Record yourself doing a daily dance for 2.6 minutes
- Give up your favourite food for 26 days
- Concoct and eat new sandwich fillings everyday for 26 days
- Create a YouTube channel, and post a new video everyday for 26 days. It could be about facts, how to videos, or just a vlog.
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2020 April 17 by Kayleigh Reed
Join us for The 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April 2020 and help us raise much needed funds to keep our services running.
What is it?
The 2.6 Challenge is a national challenge organised by London Marathon Events, The Great Run Company, Human Race and parkrun. It launches on 26 April, the original date of the 40th London Marathon.
The idea is simple: come up with an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to help to save the UK’s charities.
This is a challenge for all ages and abilities. Just get thinking of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday 26th April.
It could be something as simple as running 2.6 miles, 26 minutes of yoga, or juggling for 26 minutes – or on second thoughts, maybe just 2.6 minutes!
With so many fundraising events being cancelled or postponed, the national challenge aims to help charities raise vital funds during this really difficult time.
At Julian House, we’ve had to cancel or postpone all of our pre-existing fundraising events. All of our charity shops and bike workshops have closed, and we’re expecting a loss of £200,000 in income because of the virus. This has a massive effect on how and if we can keep our life saving services running.
Help us keep them open. Take part in the challenge, choose us as your charity, raise funds and feel good knowing you’re helping us support the vulnerable men, women and children experiencing homelessness and escaping domestic abuse during the Coronavirus crisis.
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2020 April 15 by Kayleigh Reed
Coronavirus has caused massive upheaval and anxiety across the full spectrum of society, including the homeless and other vulnerable groups. However, in spite of these challenges, Julian House has worked incredibly hard to maintain as many of its services as is practical and, in some areas, expand them. One example of this is the provision of over 40 extra bed spaces in Bath & North East Somerset for those living on the streets – something which was achieved in double quick time.
Very early on in the Coronavirus crisis rough sleepers were identified as a very vulnerable group. Underlying health issues, the rigours of a street based lifestyle and simple impediments such as no access to washing facilities, all meant that they were particularly at risk. Likewise the difficulty of not being able to safely self-isolate was another major threat.
Led by B&NES Council and supported by Julian House and DHI, sufficient accommodation was identified which could provide respite from the street. Then in just a few days these properties were made ready to receive their first occupants. This required a huge effort from the two charities’ staff teams and some amazing support from the wider community, to provide some of the essentials to make empty properties become homes.
Since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak the B&NES Homeless Partnership has helped to ensure that resources are directed to the most vulnerable and gaps in services addressed. Examples of this include Genesis Trust increased its day centre hours and Curo helping to source some of the extra accommodation.
Roanne Wootten is the Operations Director for Julian House – “In ordinary times you would have to say that bringing three properties and 40 bed spaces into use within a matter of days was simply impossible. The leases alone would take weeks and the other logistics would be equally challenging.
The considerable support of the Council and a massive effort from already stretched staff made the impossible possible. Likewise it has been touching to see the community responding so rapidly when we asked for bed linen, towels and food.”
During the crisis these clients will be supported by outreach staff and in the event that Coronavirus symptoms become apparent those affected will be helped though their isolation period – keeping them safe and reducing the general risk of transmission.
Because some of the properties have no catering facilities meals are having to be distributed. This is another area where Julian House is hoping that the community can help. Roanne Wootten is hoping that they’ll receive a similar response – “We already have chefs lined up to help. We need food donations, ideally in commercial quantities so that we can prepare bulk meals. Perhaps from restaurants that have supplies in freezers or from wholesalers. Monetary donations are vital at this time and will allow us to use cash and carries.”
Click here to donate to our Coronavirus appeal and please direct all other offers of support be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 01225 354650
Elsewhere across Julian House’s services:
- The Manvers St Hostel in Bath has moved 10 clients to alternative accommodation so that conditions are less cramped and social distancing can be better observed.
- The outreach teams are ensuring the few people who are sleeping out are fully aware of the Coronavirus threat and are being supported to improve their wellbeing, including the distribution of personal hand sanitiser dispensers.
- All of the charity’s supported housing projects are functioning with staff support being delivered mostly by telephone and visits limited to emergencies.
- Likewise the domestic abuse refuge is being well supported and referrals still being accepted, with appropriate screening.
Elsewhere in the organisation the back-office support functions have been transferring, where practical, to home working. This means that the Head Office in New King St, Bath is operating on skeleton staff.
In amongst all of this we have been greatly heartened by acts of kindness and support but in view of the extra stretch we are suffering right now we are asking everyone to look out on our social media for any particular needs that we have.
Click on the links on the right to find out what we urgently need in the projects near you.
The other major need that we have is financial support. A conservative estimate of the likely impact of the virus on Julian House is well into 6 figures. All of the charity’s forthcoming fundraising events have been postponed and some, almost certainly, will not happen at all. Likewise all of our amazing charity shops have had to close – normally a major source of revenue for our work. A dedicated appeal has been set up at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/JulianHouse-CoronavirusFund and we would welcome any regular gifts to help us plan for the future. (We’d love to thank you for your donation. As such, please ‘sign in’ to JustGiving, rather than as a guest, upon donation. We can’t thank / update you if you sign in anonymously).
As ever we are indebted to all our supporters for helping us to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society. When so many people are closing their doors, we remain open and right now they need our support more than ever before.
2020 April 1 by Kayleigh Reed
Julian House is calling on property owners who are sitting with empty rooms and even whole buildings to consider allowing homeless and other vulnerable individuals to make use of this accommodation.
Up to now the charity has been able to maintain all of its key services for clients, including its 29 hostel beds, the extra winter accommodation (Safesleep) and all its supported housing projects. So far cases of precautionary self-isolation have been few but it is expected that this will increase significantly over the next few weeks. When this happens there will be almost no capacity to put clients in single occupancy accommodation.
Cecil Weir is the charity’s Fundraising Director – “These are unprecedented times for everyone. Everything has been turned on its head and the new normal is very challenging. Although we all hope that things will get better soon the reality is that it is likely to become more difficult. We are at full stretch at the minute and we can foresee a need for extra single occupancy accommodation for clients with low support needs and others needing precautionary self-isolation. This in turn will free up our other existing supported housing.
One of the consequences of Covid – 19’s arrival is tourism falling off a cliff and empty properties. We are hoping that owners will get in touch and we can come to a suitable arrangement – with Julian House managing any clients who are place there.”
If you have any queries or can help please contact Roanne on email@example.com
In addition to extra accommodation Julian House is also asking for financial support from the wider community. The likely impact of the virus is estimated to be over £200,000 on the charity’s income – with cancelled events and the closure of its charity shops.
“It is very hard to credit, that something we hadn’t heard of 10 weeks ago should have such a dramatic impact on all our lives. Ordinarily this soon after Christmas we would not be asking supporters to get their cheque books out and for online banking transfers but our need is significant.
A dedicated appeal has been set up at www.justgiving.com/campaign/JulianHouse-CoronavirusFund
As ever we are indebted to all our supporters for helping us to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society. Right now they need our support even more.”
2020 April 1 by Kayleigh Reed
Whilst we’re being told that staying at home is our safest option, for many this isn’t the case. For people with an abusive partner, lockdown means captivity. Two women are killed every week by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone. For the estimated 1.6 million women and 786,000 men who experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales last year, the Coronavirus isn’t the biggest threat they are facing.
Increase in domestic abuse reports
Over the last two weeks, Avon and Somerset police force have already reported a 20.9% increase in domestic violence incidents, with other regional police reporting similar findings. Now, more than ever, is a time to look out for your neighbour. If you hear or see anything please report it and in an emergency call 999.
For further information and help call Women’s Aid on 0808 2000 247 or email our domestic abuse team on firstname.lastname@example.org. Other local services are Southside – 01225 331243 and Voices – 01225 420249
Julian House domestic abuse refuge and female supported housing
Despite the Coronavirus, which has affected all of our services, we have been working hard to keep the Julian House domestic abuse refuge open in BANES and our women’s house in Exeter fully supported. These are a lifeline for the 15 women and the 14 children currently staying there at this time. (This figure will increase this week with new families needing support).
While they may be away from their abusive partner, life in refuge is difficult enough at the best of times but social distancing and self-isolation have made it nigh on impossible.
Amanda Movsesian in the Julian House domestic abuse team, said:
“Families live in one bedroom (an adult and up to 4 children). They have communal kitchens and bathrooms so social distancing is a challenge; only two of the Julian House refuges in BANES have gardens.
The families are unable to have friends or family deliver food or essential items to their door as, obviously, the addresses are kept strictly confidential.
All of these complications ensure that vulnerable women, men and children living in refuge feel even more isolated than normal. The families are already coping with PTSD, anxiety and depression all of which are hugely heightened by the everyday stress and trauma of the current climate.”
The small team are working hard to ensure we can support our families as best as possible, and are facing an increase in referrals.
Please help us by donating to our Corornavirus Appeal. Help us keep our life saving services open during these difficult times.
2020 March 17 by Kayleigh Reed
Imagine living on the streets, already vulnerable, with little access to washing facilities and without a safe space to go. On top of this, hearing the threat of the Coronavirus and the need to keep clean and self-isolate seems an almost impossible task for the many individuals we support.
The impact of the Coronavirus outbreak is starting to have a real impact on the services we provide. Whilst we continue to work hard delivering our projects, the reality of staff shortages, getting hold of certain supplies and access to other key services is a real threat.
We are determined to do all that we can so that our clients and volunteers, particularly the most vulnerable are supported. With the worsening of the Coronavirus pandemic, this is becoming more and more difficult and we need your help.
We have had to postpone or cancel many of our forthcoming fundraising events, and many of our supporters have had to do the same. This will have a drastic impact on the voluntary income we use to support our projects.
How can you help?
- Please support our Coronavirus support fund so that we can undertake deep cleaning where necessary, hardship payments for those who have difficulties with their benefits and purchasing extra supplies of towels, sanitiser and bulk cleaning products. Phone credits so that we can help clients to stay in touch with support workers and health professionals. Plus anything else that will ease the impact on clients including food for clients who have to self-isolate.
- Consider setting up a regular gift via our Standing Order form so that we can plan for the long term future in these times of uncertainty.
- During this crisis we currently have volunteering opportunities at the Manvers St Hostel, preparing and serving meals. All volunteering enquiries are being dealt with The Community Hub at 3SG at present using the link here.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support for the work we do. We couldn’t do it without you.
2020 March 13 by Kayleigh Reed
The Bath & North East Somerset Homeless Partnership met yesterday (12 March) to discuss mitigations should Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and affect rough sleepers and others in housing need.
There is work still to be done, but good progress was made towards ensuring local charities and public services will be able to help people with a housing need if they are affected by coronavirus. This includes making sure everyone has their most basic needs met if they are in self-isolation, particularly ensuring they have food. Also discussed were contingency arrangements for alternative provision for rough sleepers if current provision is not available or is overloaded.
The Homeless Partnership will continue to meet weekly, where possible, and have put in place arrangements to ensure full and open communication between all the agencies involved, including a dedicated WhatsApp group.
If you have any questions about this, please direct them in the first instance to Roanne Wootten, Chair of the Homelessness Partnership on email@example.com
Additionally one of the unfortunate consequences of the panic buying which has gone on is that agencies dealing with some of the most vulnerable members of society cannot access supplies of hand sanitizer – vital for those who haven’t got the luxury of a home bathroom to wash.
If you have any spare, please consider donating a bottle to our services. Please drop off donations to our office at 55 New King Street, Bath.
2020 March 4 by Kayleigh Reed
We’re delighted that Julian House has been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund.
We’re raising funds for our Build a Bike Courses that take place in our Bike Workshops in Bath, Bristol, Trowbridge and Exeter. These six week workshops help our clients learn new skills, gain confidence, and improve their well being.
During the course, our clients learn how to build a bike and obtain new transferable skills (including teamwork and time management), confidence, work experience and qualifications. Many then go on to volunteering opportunities and employment.
How you can help
To help us raise vital funds, we’ll be relying on Co-op members. When a member buys selected products or services from the Co-op they earn a 5% reward for themselves, with a further 1% for local causes like ours.
You can select us as your local cause by visiting our page: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/33100
If you’re not a member and would like to support us, you can join at your local store or online at www.coop.co.uk.
We really hope that people will visit the website and donate their 1% to us.
2020 February 28 by Kayleigh Reed
9-year-old Chloe Smart from Westbury has organized her own sponsored cycle challenge from Westbury to Bath to raise money for local men and women suffering from homelessness.
The challenge, which is taking place on Tuesday 7th April, will see Chloe and her dad getting sponsored to cycle 25 miles from Westbury White Horse to Julian House’s Bike Workshop in Bath. Along the way, she’s also bringing a bundle of Easter egg donations to give to Julian House and to put a smile on the faces of men and women staying in the charity’s emergency access hostel on Manvers Street.
By growing up around Bath, Chloe has noticed the increase in men and women sleeping rough and wanted to do something to help. After hearing about Jamie Theakston’s Bike Britain Charity Challenge on Heart FM, Chloe wanted to do something similar to help those less fortunate in her local community.
In preparation for the challenge, she said: “I’ve never cycled that far before, so I’ve been practicing cycling along different routes and increasing my distances. I’ve also been finding out about Julian House and what they do so I can do a presentation at school to raise awareness. I hope to raise around £200 as I would like to provide a warm meal for 30 people, and a bed for the night for someone.”
Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay said: It’s brilliant to see Chloe organising her own event to raise awareness and funds to help local men and women suffering from homelessness. Everything she raises will help us support people off the streets, into a safe home and back into education, volunteering and employment. One of the best ways we do this is through our Bike Workshop and our Build a Bike course, so it’s pertinent that Chloe’s cycle challenge ends there. We wish her the best of luck on her challenge.”
To find out more about her challenge and to sponsor Chloe visit her Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chloes-cycle-to-bath
2020 February 25 by Kayleigh Reed
On the morning of Wednesday 12th February, a team of local supporters from Julian House reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Along the way, raising a significant donation towards the charity’s work.
The challenge, which took five days in total, saw the group ascending the equivalent of 4.4 times the height of Ben Nevis and trekking across some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes on Earth. From Kilimanjaro’s rich montane forests filled with amazing flora and fauna, across its other-worldly high-altitude desert, past Kilimanjaro’s cathedral high glaciers, before reaching the crater’s rocky rim and summiting the iconic snowy Uhuru Peak, 5896 metres high.
Jessica Gay from Julian House led the group: “The team did amazingly well. It was tough. Although we had great weather, the cold on the way up and on the summit was bitter. However, our stormy practice weekend in Brecon helped, plus sharing all the experience that we’ve gained from previous treks on the mountain. An unforgettable experience for everyone and a great boost to Julian House from the sponsorship raised. Well done all.
A big thank you also to Executive Jet Support for sponsoring the challenge and to Nationwide Bath, Royds Withy King and other local businesses for supporting their colleagues on this epic trek.”
Julian House has been organising the event for 20 years and has built up an impressive track record of getting its teams to the summit. Preparations normally include a training weekend in the Brecon Beacons and thorough briefings about what to expect from the extreme altitude and how to cope with the inevitable effects.
However even with the best preparations in the world the vagaries of altitude and how it affects each individual means that it is by no means guaranteed that everyone will cope. The fact that all 11 of the group made it to the crater rim of the dormant volcano was quite an achievement – with 10 making the extra two-hour traverse around the rim to the absolute summit at Uhuru Peak.
Because access to the mountain is strictly managed, plans are already in hand for the next trek which is likely to take place in the autumn of 2021. Register your interest early here, or by contacting Jessica on firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 February 19 by Kayleigh Reed
We hosted our 2nd annual Big Exeter Sleep-Out on Friday 31st January at the home of Exeter City FC, St James Park.
Event organiser, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser for Julian House, Sarah Lakey, said:
“We are under no illusions that sleeping out for just one night can replicate what it is like to be homeless. Whilst we can provide an environment where participants can experience the discomfort and hardship of sleeping rough on concrete flooring, what we can’t replicate is the loneliness, isolation, anxiety and sometimes the chaos that comes with being homeless.”
We had 80 people ‘bed down’ for the night with cardboard and a sleeping bag to keep them warm. The youngest was 10 years old Ava who said, “no one deserves to be homeless”. Our eldest sleeper, Sue aged 76yrs old, often helps the homeless community in Exeter through various volunteering roles. Sue wanted to experience what it felt like to sleep outside during the winter months.
It was a privilege to have The Lord Mayor of Exeter visit the event to find out more about the services and projects we deliver in Exeter.
Sarah went on to say; “With the event generously being sponsored by The Exeter, every penny raised by the event will go back into supporting the work we do in the local homeless community. I must say a big thank you to Exeter City Football Club and Exeter City Community Trust for supporting the event and to Rapid Relief Team for providing breakfast for our sleepers and those who are currently staying in the safe sleep shelter.”
Sponsorship raised from the event will help to fund the charity’s work in the county, including its assertive outreach service and Nightstop Devon which receives no government funding.
“It a shocking statistic that the life expectancy for long term homeless is just 45. That’s something we want to change. Our outreach teams work tirelessly to get people off the streets – connecting them with the services which will address the issues which have put them in such a vulnerable position. Likewise, our fantastic Nightstop Devon hosts provide same day emergency accommodation for young people – very often the critical support which stops them becoming street homeless.”
Participants left on Saturday morning knowing they have helped some of the most marginalised members of their community.
The event has raised £16,267 for the local homeless community and will go a long way to continue to support our projects and services in the area.
We are already planning another sleep-out event in Devon which will be held in November and we plan to return to St James Park in January 2021. Keep an eye on our Exeter specific Facebook page and website events page for more information plus an exciting new summer event to be announced soon!
2020 February 19 by Kayleigh Reed
Here is an account from one volunteer, Harriet, based in Exeter.
“I could see the projects were benefitting the clients and how vital fundraising was for these projects to continue.”
Earlier this year, Harriet was looking for work experience in a rewarding environment, where she could gain new skills and enhance her CV. Having worked in a front-line role previously, she also wanted to ensure that she was still contributing towards a fairer society. The welcoming environment created by the Fundraising and Events team for Devon and Dorset, made Harriet quickly feel comfortable volunteering for Julian House and she knew she’d made the right choice.
The role of volunteering in an administrative setting gave Harriet a unique chance to see how the charity worked behind the scenes, and the hard work done by the service providers.
“Working in an office alongside the Nightstop and Bay 6 teams motivated me to continue volunteering. I could see the projects were benefitting the clients and how vital fundraising was for these projects to continue.”
Whilst volunteering for the charity, Harriet has been able to gain valuable experience in the fundraising sector. Working closely alongside the Devon and Dorset Fundraising team, she has assisted with the implementation of events such the Big Exeter Sleep Out (31st January, St James Park), Fresher’s Fayres in the local area, as well as the Winter Clothes Rail project run across libraries in Devon. She’s also been lucky enough to attend an industry conference where she was able to network and learn from leaders in the charity sector.
The support and encouragement she received from the fundraising team has enabled her to feel confident in applying for charity based administrative job roles, which is something she is really enjoying and wants to continue in the future.
Volunteering at Julian House can cover a variety of aspects, including admin, events marshalling, client support and much more! Contact Sarah Lakey, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser for Devon & Dorset on 07957 699485 or email email@example.com
Or in Bath please email Tom Skidmore, Volunteers Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07931 967 922.
2020 February 18 by Kayleigh Reed
An innovative partnership project between Julian House, Bath BID and Nationwide Building Society has raised over £1,000 in its first month.
Launched in January, the contactless Tap to Donate point at Nationwide’s Union St branch in Bath will allow the public to give a small donation to support Bath’s street homeless – confident in the knowledge that it will be used by local agencies to help individuals to come off the streets and move on, for good.
This will help to address a common concern from the public about what they should do when they see someone begging on the streets.
How does it work?
Members of the public can simply present their contactless enabled credit or debit card and the terminal will deduct a standard £3 donation. Anyone wishing to give more can simply repeat the exercise. All monies received will be held in the Good Start Fund.
The Good Start Fund ensures Outreach Workers are well resourced to deliver on their promises. The money donated is accessible to people who are rough sleeping to help them come off the streets and move on – for good. Whether it is something short term or a slightly bigger need, such as turning their room into a home,
Some examples of how the money will be used include:
- Birth certificate, passport, driving licence
- Welcome packs which include toiletries and sanitary products in crisis accommodation
- New bedding and essentials when moving into supported housing
- A new bed for a pet dog
Roanne Wootten, Operations Director for Julian House, who are managing the scheme says “The public at large are really conflicted about what they should do when they see someone begging on the street. Their natural instinct is to help but they are also aware that any monies given might be used to fund the very issue which is keeping that person on the streets. The sort of things this project could fund are welcome packs, which include toiletries and sanitary products in crisis accommodation, new bedding and essentials when moving into supported housing, a birth certificate, a passport or a driving licence. Fundamentally it is about the person and what they need to help them to come off the streets – it will be different for everyone. The Good Start Fund is open to other local agencies who are providing direct support to named individuals in Bath, including DHI & The Genesis Trust.”
Allison Herbert, Chief Executive of Bath BID, is pleased to see the launch of the first of the city’s Good Start Tap to Donate points: “Many businesses express concern at the level of rough sleeping in the city centre and Good Start will be an additional way for people to help tackle one of our most pressing issues. Increasingly, people do not carry cash and have concerns about giving directly to people begging on the streets as they do not know if they are looking at a person in genuine need. Inviting visitors and shoppers to donate via the contactless point makes it much easier and we can all trust that our money is being managed carefully.”
Rob Burrows is the Assistant Branch Manager for Nationwide in Bath: “I believe contactless technology is the way forward. In Bath we all have the opportunity to support vulnerable people through the great services and charities available. This Good Start Tap to Donate point will allow more people within the local community to donate quickly and easily to make a real difference.”
Julian House is hoping that other retailers and businesses will step forward to allow the Good Start terminals to be located in their premises. All enquiries should be directed to Cecil Weir at Julian House – email@example.com or 01225 354652. Further details at www.julianhouse.org.uk/goodstart
2020 February 6 by Kayleigh Reed
On Friday 6th March, Ben Ashman and Ruby Roberts from Paulton will be returning for the second time to take on the 11th Big Bath Sleep-Out.
The pair will help raise vital funds to support local men and women suffering from homelessness.
After taking on Julian House’s challenge last year and raising over £250, the pair are returning with their mum, Helena, to sleep out again for one night in Alice Park to help support the growing number of men and women suffering from homelessness across the local area.
Of her involvement in the event, 10-year-old Ruby said: “I like helping people and I feel that people don’t realise that homeless people are just as important and special as we are.
“Last year I found sleeping out fine but obviously I only did one night, and the weather wasn’t actually too bad.
“By taking part before, it has helped me explain to others how lucky we are to have a roof and walls every night.”
Last year, the charity provided life-changing support to over 1,400 vulnerable individuals who were suffering from, or at risk of, homelessness across Bath, Bristol and the South West.
Without support like Julian House, the life expectancy of a long term homeless person is just 45 years.
Event organiser, Jessica Gay, said “Everyone who has done it before will tell you what a memorable experience it is. It’s a challenge for sure, but one that will see Ben and Ruby making a real tangible difference. We’re so pleased they are returning to support us again.”
“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. 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.”
You can support Ben and Ruby and the charity by donating to their Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helena-roberts6.
The charity is inviting people across Bath to join Ben and Ruby at its 11th Big Bath Sleep-Out for a truly memorable experience with family and friends.
You can sign up to the event for free at www.bigbathsleepout.co.uk or by emailing Events Organiser Jessica Gay via firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 February 4 by Kayleigh Reed
A big thank you to all of our supporters who have helped Julian House achieve its Christmas Appeal target and set a new record, with £166,116 donated or pledged. This is the highest total ever for the annual campaign – now in its 22nd year.
The campaign has sought to raise not just vital funding also increased awareness of the complex issues which impact on homeless. Likewise the extensive range of services which are delivered by Julian House – often in close cooperation with other agencies. Those projects include supported housing, domestic abuse services, access to work place experience and training, plus of course its busy emergency hostel provision and outreach teams.
Cecil Weir has been running the campaign for 20 years – “Although I have been doing this for a long time I was genuinely apprehensive about setting the target at £160,000. But the fact is rising demand and pressure on costs means that this is the minimum we need to underpin our services not just now but throughout the year. Supported of course by all the other fundraising activities that we do, such as our Sleep-Out events.
“The fact that the wider community have rallied round so enthusiastically is tremendous. As in previous years the bulk of the donations come in December and although they always tail off in January, this time it seemed more marked. However the last two weeks of the month saw another £20,000 come in which was fantastic. Huge thanks to everyone who supported the appeal including the Bath Chronicle and The Bath Magazine.”
An ongoing challenge for Julian House is the shortage of affordable move-on accommodation – something which is particularly difficult right now. Extra emergency bed spaces which have been funded by the government mean that the charity’s staff are doing much more of the vital engagement work which can take clients off the streets – provided there is somewhere for them to go.
Julian House has over recent years been successful in persuading private landlords to step forward and offer their properties, but more are desperately needed. The charity is keen to point out that it is they who would rent the properties and be responsible for their management. Offers of properties should be directed to email@example.com
Although the Christmas appeal has now ended Julian House needs ongoing support throughout the year. It’s website has details of events and activities where people and organisations can help. There are also volunteering opportunities. www.julianhouse.org.uk
2020 January 24 by Kayleigh Reed
In exactly two weeks times, 11 local men and women will be embarking on the trip to Tanzania to climb the tallest mountain in Africa all in aid of Julian House.
For months, they’ve been training and fundraising as hard as they could, all with full time jobs, families and Christmas in the middle.
The team, made up of two men and nine women, will be climbing the mountain across three and a half days, camping in tents on the way up. Their ascent will take them across Kilimanjaro’s rich montane forests filled with amazing flora and fauna, across its other-worldly high altitude desert, past Kilimanjaro’s cathedral high glaciers, before reaching the crater’s rocky rim and summiting the iconic Uhuru Peak, 5896 metres high.
They will descend over the course of one and a half days before reaching the bottom and returning home for a well deserved rest.
It’s a huge feat and the team have been working incredibly hard to get prepared. They’ve done amazingly well and we’re wishing them all the best for their trek.
If you’d like to register your interest for our next Kilimanjaro trek, please do so here: https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/support-us/fundraising-event/kilimanjaro-challenge.htm
2020 January 24 by Kayleigh Reed
In 2019, we saw some top-notch fundraising at the Big Bath Sleep-Out. 10-year old Will Back raised an amazing £2,500 with Maria Kestell being not far behind on £1,845.
Thanks to everyone who attends and everyone who raises funds we’re able to do so much more to support the vulnerable men and women within our care. It means we’re not only able to provide essential housing, clothes, food and care, but continue supporting them on their journey to education, volunteering and employment.
At this year’s Big Bath Sleep-Out, happening on Friday 6th March at Alice Park, we thought we’d celebrate our top fundraisers by awarding prizes to those best in category.
There are three prizes up for grabs:
- Top corporate/community group (Prize to be confirmed)
- Top family (Prize to be confirmed)
- Top individual (£50 Experience Days voucher)
You can sign up to the Big Bath Sleep-Out for free here and start your fundraising journey. It makes for an incredibly memorable experience with family, friends or colleagues and directly supports those forced to sleep out every night with no choice.
For any fundraising tips and ideas please contact Jess on firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck everyone!
2020 January 21 by Kayleigh Reed
Organisers of the annual Julian House Christmas appeal are keen to remind the public that even though Christmas has gone, homelessness is still very much here. The campaign total stands at just over £146,000 – well short of the £160,000 target. With only 10 days to go there is concern that people will think that the need for support is over.
Traditionally the appeal has a flurry of gifts straight after the New Year as proceeds from events and carol services etc are sent to the charity but this year things have been a bit slower.
Cecil Weir has been running the campaign for the last 19 years and has seen various patterns of giving over that time – “The weather can have an impact. Media coverage too can be very influential. People’s lives are busy and if superficially they think that homelessness is just a winter problem then you can understand why they might not dig out that appeal leaflet that they’ve picked up or follow a prompt to Just Giving.
Julian House offers support for some of the most marginalised members of society – not just changing lives, but often saving them. The Manvers St hostel, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is often the starting point in their journey off the streets. From there we aim to place them in sustainable and appropriate accommodation as quickly as practical, either within our own resources or with a housing association or private landlord. Sometimes that takes a few months – sometimes much longer. That’s why the public’s support is vital all year round.”
Notwithstanding these challenging times, Cecil Weir is emphatic that Julian House will continue to keep its clients’ wellbeing at the centre of all they do – “We are always trying to achieve swifter outcomes for them, developing new services/accommodation options and chipping away at the prejudice which still exists towards homelessness in many areas of society.”
Donations to the campaign can be made on the Julian House Appeal page here or by posting a cheque to 55 New King St, Bath, BA1 2BN (payable to Julian House).
2020 January 14 by Kayleigh Reed
We are looking for a Senior Community & Events Fundraiser to join our small but growing team covering Bath and Wiltshire. Join us to build skills, deliver a successful fundraising events calendar, work on a range of fundraising initiatives and expand community fundraising.
This is a great opportunity for a fundraiser to broaden their experience and make their mark with a rapidly growing, highly respected charity.
Salary: £25,000 Per Annum
Hours: Full time – 40 hours per week
Location: New King Street, Bath (covering the area of Bath and Wiltshire).
Closing Date: Monday 27th January ’20 (12 noon)
Julian House is a forward thinking charity, committed to helping socially excluded people receive the help they need and deserve, to get back on their feet. We want to recruit friendly and enthusiastic staff who are motivated to really make a difference to the lives of socially excluded people and receive the help they need and deserve, to get back on their feet.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Community & Events Fundraiser to join our busy team! New services, successful contract bids and mergers with other organisations have contributed to significant growth to Julian House over the past six years, and we are looking for a community fundraiser to build relationships with supporters in B&NES and Wiltshire. The post holder will organise and execute a successful fundraising events calendar, as well as developing new strands of support in the area.
This is a great opportunity for a community fundraiser, who has excellent communication skills, to broaden their experience and make their mark with a rapidly growing, highly respected charity.
- Cash health care plan
- Up to 26 days annual leave (depending on length of service)
- Employer pension contribution (up to 6% of your gross salary)
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Staff Award Scheme
- 20% Discount at Julian House Shops
Julian House has a supportive culture, providing regular supervision and line management alongside externally facilitated reflective practice which enables staff to look after their own health and well-being whilst giving their best in their roles.
Please apply via the job listing here.
2019 November 12 by Kayleigh Reed
Bath restaurants and hotels including the Mint Room, The Art Bar, Dukes Hotel, The Pump Room, The Scallop Shell, Eight in Bath and Castle Farm, Midford have signed up to participate in the innovative StreetSmart initiative this winter to support homeless charity Julian House.
The national scheme has raised over £9.5 million for homeless charities since it launched 20 years ago.
The idea of the scheme is simple. During November and December, valuable funds will be raised for Julian House courtesy of a voluntary £1 donation added when diners request their bill, or stay, at participating restaurants or hotels. All StreetSmart’s running and operational costs are generously paid for by its sponsors, meaning every penny in every £1 raised goes directly to the people who need it. The scheme is endorsed by some of the country’s restauranteurs including Marcus Waring and Angela Hartnett, as well as Stephen Fry.
Moe Rahman, Managing Director of Mint Room in Bath & Clifton explains why they have been involved with StreetSmart for several years “While the period between now and Christmas will see huge numbers of diners heading out for meals, it will also see the temperatures drop to life threatening levels for rough sleepers. StreetSmart is a great initiative to come together and ask customers to add just £1 to their bill during the party season seems the least we can do. It’s a simple and easy initiative to operate and there is no pressure if diners do not want to donate”
Julian House Fundraising Manager Cathy Adcock explains how the scheme works for diners, as well as benefiting Julian House. “I get asked a lot by members of the public about how they can help someone sleeping on the streets, without giving out cash directly. The StreetSmart scheme gives the public the choice of donating as little as £1 knowing that their donation will go to a local charity who is supporting homeless men and women right on their doorstop. The cumulative benefit of the StreetSmart Scheme could be huge, allowing Julian House to provide not just accommodation, but much needed support to some of the most marginalised members of society. Our thanks got to all the restaurants and hotels you have got behind this valuable scheme”
If your business would like to join, there is still time. Find out more by emailing email@example.com or calling 07939 055432
Mint Rooms – @TheMintRoom
Art Bar at The Abbey Hotel – @artbarbath
Dukes Hotel – @DukesBath
Castle Farm Midford – @castlefarmmidford
The Scallop Shell – @scallopshell
The Pump Rooms – @SearcysBath
Eight in Bath – @eightinbath
2019 November 11 by Kayleigh Reed
Homelessness is an extremely isolating and desperate situation. Whilst never chosen, it can be very difficult to escape. Just imagine feeling that isolation and vulnerability and then not being able to do anything about it.
Digital Skills and Social Inclusion
Digital skills are an increasingly key part of social inclusion. Being able to connect with friends and family, find information about services, pursue hobbies and interests, and use services like banking and job search all have significant benefits, practically and emotionally.
Helping to Change Lives
Digital literacy can help grow peoples’ confidence, independence and well being, giving them greater choice and control over their lives. That’s why we run a programme in Trowbridge in partnership with Wiltshire Family and Community Learning, helping vulnerable adults learn basic IT skills in a safe and friendly environment.
John (name changed) was referred to our service by his supported accommodation key worker. After serving a prison sentence, he was keen to refresh his IT skills and improve his employability prospects. He met with the tutor and after an initial assessment, was offered a place on the course. After successfully completing several training sessions, he refreshed his knowledge of Word, Outlook and other Microsoft applications. John has now gone on to other training with a clear pathway towards self employment. The IT course, acted as a springboard, enabling John to regain some confidence and pursue his chosen career pathway.
Likewise, Mary (name changed), was referred to the service by her Work Coach. She was lacking IT skills and reported that this lack of knowledge was a barrier when looking and applying for employment. She met with the Tutor and was offered a place on the Introduction to IT course. She arrived for the first session and stated that she was very nervous and wasn’t sure how she would get on. Happily after a few sessions, the Tutor reported that she had settled in well and was making progress each week. Mary now hopes to use her new skills when completing on-line applications but also to keep in touch with family and friends that live some distance away. Arguably this will go some way to reducing isolation and help her to move forward positively.
Find out the many other ways we support people through skills development, volunteering and employment. HERE.
2019 October 16 by Kayleigh Reed
The hard work of our hospital team, Bay 6, gave Mr Smith a chance to feel at home again in his very own place.
When the Bay 6 team met Mr Smith, life hadn’t been going well. He had split from his wife and was in the hospital recovering from a leg amputation. To make things worse, his two-bedroom house was in need for larger families on the council’s waiting list. He faced a difficult situation of not knowing where he would be able to call home when he left his hospital bed. His recovery from surgery was important but the worry of facing homelessness was weighing heavily.
After a referral by the hospital staff, Bay 6 were able to begin their specialist support in housing Mr Smith. The team simultaneously started the hunt for a home whilst looking into the assistance he was entitled to financially. Within the first six hours of the team’s support Mr Smith received a back payment of the benefits he was owed whilst they had also secured a regular payment. This quick result gave hope.
The search for accommodation wasn’t far behind, with potential leads being chased by our dedicated team. During this time Mr Smith stayed in the hospital where he was able to recuperate from his major surgery. He was informed of a possibility of a suitable bungalow which had recently become available. He quickly registered his interest in the property, letting the Bay 6 team know he was interested and keen to accept. This was successfully secured by the team, next up was home furnishings.
A cup of tea and a friendly chat between our small team and Mr Smith soon established the furniture and other items that would be required for the property. A list was created and so our team went sourcing, arranging and organising what was needed. Carpet, washing machine and cooker were high priority. Mr Smith was so impressed with the dedication of Bay 6, who gave up their own time to receive deliveries and be on hand when the carpet was being laid. Other household essentials soon began to fill out the space and make the house feel more like a home.
The holistic approach the team took ensured Mr Smith was linked in with other much needed services, such as the mental health team, housing and the council. There was a meeting held with the agencies involved before he left the hospital organised by the team. This gave him the best chance to succeed in his new surroundings and be supported further.
Mr Smith was “astonished,” when he arrived for the first time at the bungalow, by the hard work that had gone in just for him. In his words he felt “very well looked after” by the “unselfish” Bay 6 team. Before the team were comfortable to say goodbye, they ensured all the services he needed were in place and provided after-care by checking his benefit payments were up to date. Mr Smith is now extremely happy in his new home thanks to Bay 6!
2019 October 15 by Kayleigh Reed
Nationwide Building Society Bath is looking for people within our local community to write a poem answering “What does Christmas at home means to me?” to raise awareness of homelessness over the festive period. They will then pick their favourite poem on the 31st October and this will be displayed in their Branch window on Union Street throughout the Christmas Market and then over Christmas.
Nationwide Bath are passionate about supporting homelessness in Bath and believe everyone should have a place fit to call home. Over the last two years, the branch has been amazing supporters of ours, raising money and awareness and taking place in our fundraising events including the Big Bath Sleep-Out and our Kilimanjaro Trek in February 2020.
Assistant Branch Manager Rob Burrows, Nationwide Bath: ‘Housing and homelessness is such an important issue and we want to do our bit in making a difference. The whole branch team have volunteered and fundraised throughout the year and I would encourage everyone to visit our Branch to find out more about the local charities within Bath and ways they can help. We are looking forward to reading through the poems written by our community.’
Jessica Gay, Community and Events Fundraiser at Julian House said, “It’s a fantastic idea that will not only unite the community but will also encourage members of the public to think about what they are grateful for over the Christmas period. This time is often the most difficult for vulnerable men and women sleeping on our streets and so it’s brilliant to see Nationwide, once again, finding a way to support and bring light to this in Bath. ‘
All poems can be either emailed to Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org, sent to 21/22 Union Street Bath BA1 1RS or dropped into any colleague within the Branch on Union Street. Entries close 31st October and the winner will be announced on the 4th November.
2019 October 10 by Kayleigh Reed
This October, we’re inviting members of the public to attend our unique art exhibition in the centre of Bath that questions the relationship with this ever-evolving digital world. The exhibition, entitled ‘Connected’, is taking place during Bath’s Digital Festival on Friday 25th October and Saturday 26th October at Black Chalk Studios and has been created in collaboration with the Connect Centre.
The digital world has given rise to some of the most extraordinary advances of our time. Laptops, iPads, phones, everything is in the palm of our hands. But what happens if you don’t have access to these resources? What happens if you don’t even know how to use them? Homelessness is extremely isolating in itself, but with more and more vulnerable men and women lacking digital skills their ability to adapt and grow in this digital age is becoming even more challenging. In response to this growing issue, we’re hosting this public exhibition to bring this issue to light.
Artists from across the city have been contributing to the exhibition, including local students, volunteers and clients at both charities. Using a variety of classic and digital mediums, the exhibition seeks to show the power of art to address and illuminate social issues.
The exhibition is free to attend and is open from Friday 25th October 4-7pm and Saturday 26th October 9-6pm at Black Chalk Studios. Please RSVP and share the Facebook event.
2019 October 9 by Kayleigh Reed
During the forth-coming cold winter months, Julian House will be providing an extra 20 beds supporting rough sleepers who are at the risk of death on the streets in Bath.
The Safesleep hostel will operate from 1st November, next door to the existing Manvers St hostel in the basement of the Baptist Church. There will also be extra specialist outreach staff encouraging rough sleepers to move off the streets and into our care.
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.
Last winter Julian House provided emergency accommodation provided an extra 2377 bed spaces to 131 clients during Safesleep. One of those was Tom.
Tom stayed at Safesleep from the day it opened and was then transferred to the Manvers St hostel after 22 nights. Tom is an older gentleman with some substance misuse issues and minor health needs. His progress in the hostel was marked and he is now living in a shared house, supported by visiting Julian House staff.
Safesleep is being funded by central government following the success of the project last winter, however Julian House is in desperate need of sleeping bags. Any donations of sleeping bags would be gratefully received at either the hostel in Manvers Street, or at 55 New King Street, BA1 2BN.
Millets in Bath are kindly offering a 15% discount to anyone buying a Eurohike Adventure sleeping bag if they quote ‘Julian House’ when purchasing.
2019 October 8 by Kayleigh Reed
This November, we’re calling on board game fans to join us for our first Bath Board Game Day, taking place on Sunday 3rd November. This one day only ‘pop-up’ event will see hundreds of families, friends and board game enthusiasts gaming for a good cause in the auditorium of Komedia, Bath.
Gamers, new and experienced, can choose to come along for the whole day or pop in for a few games and will have the opportunity to play lots of different games suitable for all ages, including big blockbuster hits, classics and indie gems. Whether it’s a quick and playful game of bluffing and laughter or a lengthy game full of strategy and skill, there’s something for everyone.
Bath Gaming Group have kindly offered to support the event meaning there will also be avid game hosts on hand to help novice participants work through the rules and instructions. There’s also an exciting 9-hour ‘Hive’ challenge that will be live streamed on the day for people to get involved in and a ‘board game bundle’ raffle – making ideal winnings for the upcoming festive period.
Event’s organiser Jessica Gay said: “Bath Board Game Day is Bath’s very own ‘pop-up’ board game café. It’s all about having fun with friends and family for a good cause. You can feel great knowing your ticket is contributing to Julian House and all the work we do to support vulnerable and socially excluded individuals. It’s a chance to be part of something bigger and join us in our mission to alleviate homelessness in and around Bath.”
Tickets to be purchase in advance, here.
2019 September 11 by Kayleigh Reed
Second Hand September is a national campaign seeking to put an end to throwaway fashion. Originally coined by charity Oxfam, the campaign asks consumers to avoid buying new clothing for the entire 30 days of the month.
Due to its success and the growing interest in eco-fashion, many brands and charities have also taken on the campaign to encourage the public to shop consciously and do good.
This September, we’re asking you to shop at one of our charity shops to ditch the fast fashion, pick up some beautiful one off pieces, all while supporting our charity shops which play an important role in funding our front line services.
We currently have six charity shops; two in Bath; one in Frome; one in Trowbridge; one in Chippenham, and one in Thornbury. Our Walcot Street shop in Bath also has a library full of thousands of books, from top selling fiction, rare histories and travel journals.
Choosing an eco-conscious lifestyle is becoming ever more paramount in today’s society. Did you know that more than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year? [Wrap, the waste charity.] It also added that 5% of the UK’s total annual carbon and water footprint came from clothing consumption. That’s a huge amount of wastage and energy spent, especially when the solution is so easy. Ditch the fast fashion, re-use and repair.
As well as shopping at our shops, you can support us by donating any good quality clothing, books, bric a brac, Vinyls, CDs, DVDs. Our Walcot Street shop particularly needs donations of vintage and antique clothing.
Our Charity Shops
86 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BD
26 Shaftesbury Road, Bath BA2 3LJ
17 Market Place, Frome, BA11 1AN (opposite Boots & Costa)
51/52 Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HU
10 St Mary’s Way, Thornbury, BS35 2BH
Unit 12 The Shires Shopping Centre, Trowbridge, BA14 8AT
2019 September 10 by Kayleigh Reed
About a month ago, we shared a story about Keith. Keith suffered with drug and alcohol addiction for 22 years, spending his life trapped between sleeping rough on the streets and prison.
Growing up on a one of the toughest council estates in Bristol, he saw his descent into crime, alcohol and drugs as inevitable. People close to him became a victim of his addition. At points, his family were forced to call the police and even take out a restraining order. For years he was completely absorbed by a life of crime and drugs.
Read his full story here.
After facing his problem and accepting help, Keith made an incredible recovery and has since been using his experiences to help others facing similar problems at Julian House and similar organisations like DHI.
On top of that, on 31st August, he completed a 15000ft skydive with his good friend Jer Palmer to help raise much needed funds for our charity and to raise awareness about the complexity of homelessness.
Of his challenge, Keith said: “You may wonder why I’m doing a 15000ft skydive for the homeless? Before Julian House gave me the opportunity to work alongside some of Bath’s most vulnerable clients, I was one of those socially excluded people, trapped in a cycle of addiction, homelessness, and institutions. I didn’t see another way out other than death. Luckily, I was gifted with recovery and this is my way of giving back to society. There are many reasons why people become homeless and I have worked with some inspirational people who just needed that break in life. Through organisations like Julian House, these men and women get the opportunity to change their life around.
Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and members of the public, he smashed his target of £200 and raised £475! Well done Keith.
That’s a huge amount that will make a big difference to the lives of people we support. It could pay for two new starter packs to help an abused mother and her children into new accommodation. After escaping domestic violence, many come into our care with very few provisions. So each starter pack makes a big difference in helping them get settled.
2019 August 21 by Kayleigh Reed
On a late train home from London, a joke was made about Bluefield staff cycling between its Bristol and London offices instead of the usual commute. Little did the staff realise this joke would provide the inspiration for the ‘Bluefield Charity Cycle Ride’.
Braving the route of just over 160 miles (with a few extra due to navigational issues) across two days, 17 staff members completed the cycle from the Bristol to London office. After five months of vigorous training, the cycle ride brought plenty of laughter, tears, bruised legs and shared memories.
Staying motivated throughout their intensive training proved tough. But it was the knowledge that they’d be helping Julian House and its two other partner charities that kept them going.
When asked why the Bristol team wanted to support Julian House they said the sense of community that Julian House helps to build made it an easy choice. Inspired by its work with the homeless and socially excluded, Bluefield say they hope that the money raised will support the critical services provided by Julian House. So far the team has raised over £300 for Julian House, with more coming in.
2019 August 5 by Kayleigh Reed
During 22 years of drug and alcohol addiction Keith spent his life trapped between sleeping rough on the streets and prison. Hit by a family breakdown and the death of his daughter, his road to recovery was tough. But with the help of local homeless and addiction recovery charities, today Keith is four years clean and in full time employment and working as a relief worker at Julian House in his spare time. He now uses his own experiences daily to help those around him.
But that’s not all. At the end of August, he’s doing a 15000ft skydive to help raise much needed funds for Julian House and to raise awareness about the complexity of homelessness.
Since the age of 15, Keith was in and out of prison. Growing up on a one of the toughest council estates in Bristol, he saw his descent into crime, alcohol and drugs as inevitable. People close to him became a victim of his addition. At points, his family were forced to call the police and even take out a restraining order. For years he was completely absorbed by a life of crime and drugs.
But with the help and support of local charities like Julian House, he was able to detox and recover. “I’ve now been clean for over four years, since the 20th December 2014,” Keith says proudly. It’s a date that never leaves you.
Of his challenge, Keith said: “You may wonder why I’m doing a 15000ft skydive for the homeless? Before Julian House gave me the opportunity to work alongside some of Bath’s most vulnerable clients, I was one of those socially excluded people, trapped in a cycle of addiction, homelessness, and institutions. I didn’t see another way out other than death. Luckily, I was gifted with recovery and this is my way of giving back to society. There are many reasons why people become homeless and I have worked with some inspirational people who just needed that break in life. Through organisations like Julian House, these men and women get the opportunity to change their life around. Please help me help them. Pennies or pounds, it does not matter as it all adds up.”
Keith is hoping to raise over £200 and is currently at £145. Please support him and donate to the challenge by visiting his fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/keith-hathway4
2019 July 31 by Kayleigh Reed
The five-star Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, located in Bath, raised £1000 for Julian House this July – thanks to a successful twilight supper in its private walled gardens celebrating Midsummer.
The evening was heralded a great success, raising £1000 for the Julian House charity.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous evening, starting with drinks in the gardens, followed by a five-course summer-inspired meal, with the sounds of an acoustic guitar in the background.
The special event was created in conjunction with The Pig Guide, the most respected independent food guide in the South West.
Julian House is an initiative the hotel says it is very pleased to support, as it works to directly help those most marginalised members of society.
With over 40 projects operating throughout the South West, from social enterprise to supporting those with learning difficulties, Julian House’s work helps to change the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable individuals.
In echoes of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; nature took centre stage, enhanced by the moonlight and light from traditional lanterns, provided by Crescent Flowers, that were hung around the gardens.
2019 July 24 by Kayleigh Reed
When he was 16 years old, Will came to Nightstop seeking support after being left with no choice but to leave home.
After a short period of staying with our volunteer hosts he was able to move into supported accommodation where he stayed for 2.5 years.
Feeling confident and in control Will moved back to his family home and in the town where he grew up. Unfortunately, this wasn’t going to be the fresh start he had anticipated. Shortly after moving home, his friend took their own life. This left Will dealing with the forgotten feelings of depression and anxiety. Life at home started to become overbearing so he moved back to Exeter and started sofa surfing at a friends flat. Eventually this was no longer sustainable and Will was once again faced with being street homeless.
Exeter City Council housing team referred Will back to Nightstop. The Nightstop young persons coach immediately started working with Will, recognising his struggle with depression and anxiety was giving him a low quality of life.
Since being back within the Nightstop service, Will has applied to several supported accommodations, made many job applications and attend Job Centre appointments. He has also attempted to register with the doctor so he can seek further help with his mental health.
Will has now moved into his own flat with a social landlord. Nightstop Devon was able to provide a starter care package of toiletries and other basic items, given some furniture and a television, all of which have been kindly donated to the service by members of the public. He was also provided a foodbank voucher to help get some essential food items.
Will has kept in touch with the Nightstop Devon team and pops into the office every now and then to say ‘hello’ and to update us on his progress. It’s wonderful to know Will feels confident to keep in touch and it’s also a pleasure to see him.
*To protect Will’s privacy the image shown is of a model.
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 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 Luxford (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 Luxford 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.
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.
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.
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”.