Not everyone’s Christmas wish can be bagged up and brought down the chimney…
If you are homeless, suffering mental health issues, escaping abuse or just trying to get your life back on track, achieving your Christmas wishes can be very challenging.
But with your support, Julian House can make these a reality. Your donation could help to change, even save, lives across the South West.
How your donation helps
At Julian House we work hard to help vulnerable and socially excluded people rebuild their lives. Many of the people we support are suffering or have suffered from homelessness, domestic abuse and trauma. We help build confidence and self worth – ultimately helping them to get back into their own accommodation, work, volunteering and education.
We run over 40 services across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Exeter and other parts of the South West which support such vulnerable individuals.
- £5 could buy 3 pairs of new socks.
- £15 could provide an emergency baby pack of nappies, wipes etc for a mother escaping domestic violence.
- £30 could provide 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 6 men and women staying at the Manvers St emergency hostel.
- £100 could buy camp beds and extra sleeping bags to ensure we can support twenty additional rough sleepers over winter.
- £500 could pay for a new Tenancy Starter Pack containing essential household items (e.g. towels, bedding, crockery, pots and pans) to support five rough sleepers moving into their own accommodation.
Thanks to our supporters, every year we provide life changing support to over 1,000 individuals, providing a voice and opportunities to those unheard and desperate to move back into mainstream society.
What we do
As a charity, we’re predominantly known for our emergency access hostel on Manvers Street. But providing a bed is just the start…
These are some of the projects and services we manage across the South West:
Living on the streets is damaging and dangerous. Our constant goal is to end rough sleeping. Outreach support is vital in identifying who needs our support, what their priorities are and securing them a hostel bed as quickly as possible. Sadly for the greater part of the year demand continues to outstrip supply.
Alongside the outreach team, specialist mental health support is also provided. Plus, a dedicated female support worker provides specialist additional help to any women who find themselves in this very vulnerable position.
Hostel Bed Spaces
Providing a bed does little to address the real issues which have put someone in such a vulnerable position. However what it does do is provide a stable platform from which a client’s needs can be properly assessed – physical and mental. From there an individual support plan is prepared and route away from homelessness mapped out for that client.
Often this involves a move on to appropriate supported housing. Linking up with other support agencies and, where necessary, coaching around life skills and work experience.
Julian House manages almost 160 supported housing bed spaces, with varying levels of support. These include homeless move on properties, domestic abuse accommodation, prison resettlement, addiction recovery and specialist spaces for those with Autism or Asperger’s. For all our clients the aim is to try and get them to a point where they can live independently and reconnect with their local community.
Freedom is a community-based education and support group programme for women who are in an abusive relationship or who have previously experienced domestic abuse. The programme supports women to better understand controlling and abusive behaviour and the impact it has on them and their children.
Freedom helps break down social isolation, build strength and confidence. It supports families to recover and reclaim their lives.
Julian House provides shared supported accommodation for single men and women in recovery from substance misuse. The aim of the services is to empower clients to develop their skills, resilience and independence. In this way they have a stable platform towards achieving a sustained recovery and a move within 12 months, to their own tenancy.
It is generally accepted that the criminal justice system is not as effective as it might be in deterring re-offending. Julian House’s long experience of prison resettlement work, in close partnership with statutory agencies, is now widely recognised as achieving good results – both in terms of reducing re-offending and wider benefits to society.
Unemployment is a significant barrier for people who are recovering from addiction, homelessness and/or a history of offending. There is clear evidence that employment can be the major contributory factor in helping individuals to transform their lives for the better. However, achieving this goal can present real challenges.
Julian House now has four bikes workshop social enterprises – offering practical work experience and training – in Bath, Bristol, Trowbridge and Exeter. Skilled staff are on hand to supervise and guide clients through the refurbishment of donated bikes and ensure there is real value gained from a professional workplace environment – new skills, improved self-esteem and often their own bike to take away.
Despite great successes, Julian House services cannot run without your support.
Your kindness and generosity means we can continue helping the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society this Christmas, and hopefully make some Christmas wishes come true.