Dedicated Volunteer will be Sadly Missed
Volunteers are vital to the work of Julian House. Without our team or hard working, dedicated and caring volunteers we would not be able to deliver the services we do to some of the most vulnerable members of society.
People begin volunteering for many different reasons such as the desire to improve and enrich their community or to support others less fortunate through difficulties that they have often experienced themselves. The relationship between volunteer and charity is very special and often mutually beneficial, they support our work and in turn we do our best to support them and provide opportunities to make a real difference. Through supporting Julian House and our service users some volunteers find they are able to make positive changes and find something that was missing in their own lives.
Recently a truly dedicated and much loved volunteer at our hostel for the homeless sadly passed away. As part of a Celebration of his Life, donations were taken and this money will be used to support those accessing the hostel.
To all our volunteers we thank you for your continued support and hope that we can continue to work together as we try to make positive changes in our society.
New partnership work for 2014
During 2014, Julian House have been developing partnerships to provide supported accommodation for people leaving prison. Depending on people’s circumstances, making a return to the community after serving time in prison can be very difficult: There is huge opportunity for positive change, but also significant risk the that negative social and psychological pressure may lead to homelessness and re-offending. By providing the right kinds of support, the partnership of Julian House, The Restore Trust and Bristol Together will help people to build and maintain a new, healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
The aim during 2014 is to develop 14 new bed spaces across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, where;
- The Restore Trust will acquire and own the buildings as well as work with the individuals on skills development,
- Bristol Together will undertake the development works on the property
- and Julian House will manage the tenancies and provide support.
In this partnership, there will be work generated for Julian House’s social enterprise, Aspire, where Bristol Together will subcontract some of the development work to apprentices and volunteers from Aspire and The Restore Trust. Many of these people come from vulnerable backgrounds and the work be an opportunity for them to gain further property development experience and add to their existing skills.
The properties that are to be acquired are all vacant and in need of redevelopment, so this partnership is also good news in that it is bringing neglected housing stock back into use.
There will be more news and photos of this project in the coming months as work progresses.
26 July 2014 – Bike Workshop Trowbridge
It’s the grand opening of our Bike Workshop Trowbridge by local duathlete Chris Roxburgh from 10.30am on Saturday 26th July with special offers, goody bags for first 15 people and refreshments.
Bike Workshop Trowbridge, 5-9 Duke Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EA
Tel: 01225 764485
24 May 2014 – Cotswold Way Challenge
Let us know if you’d like to take part in 2015:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01225 354 656
7-8th March 2014 – Big Bath Sleep Out
Massive thank you and well done to all 187 people who took part in the Big Bath Sleep-Out on Friday 7th March. This year’s event was a fantastic success and, apart from the temperature dropping at around 2am, we were lucky with the weather too!
2 March 2014 – Bath Half
Congratulations to everybody who took part in the Bath Half on Sunday and special thanks to all runners who supported Julian House! The event was, as always, a great success thanks to the hard work and dedication of the organisers and all the runners who trained so hard on those cold winter runs!
Bath All Comers Orchestra Spring Performance – 15th March
Bath All Comers Orchestra has chosen Julian House as one of its two nominated charities for this year, to share proceeds from its Spring and Summer concerts.
Bath All Comers Orchestra conducted by David Sibley St Luke’s Church, Wellsway, Bath BA2 2BD Spring Performance: Saturday 15th March, 7.30pm Tickets: £5 on the door (children free)
Programme includes: Schubert – Overture in D; Mozart – Horn Concert (soloist: Martin Bray); Bizet – Carmen Suite; Ungar – Ashokan Farewell; Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite. BACO is an adult community orchestra who rehearse on Tuesday evenings in term time at Monkton Combe Prep School. New members are welcome at any point in the year, there are no auditions!
November 2013 – RENEW
Julian House are pleased to announce a change of name for Women’s Services. The services which include a refuge, the Freedom Programme, a domestic abuse ex-offenders project and awareness raising will now be known as RENEW. These services provide high quality accommodation and support to those who have been impacted by domestic abuse.
Service Development Manager, Juliette Parsons says: “We are pleased to be renaming our services which take into account the breadth of work we provide to vulnerable people across the South West. Julian House is committed to ensure that everybody has the right to feel safe, respected and free to be ourselves.”
Domestic Abuse services from across B&NES will be available for a drop-in at Bath Central Library from 11-1pm from Monday to Saturday next week as part of National Domestic Abuse Week. You can find out more about RENEW in this leaflet. For more information please contact Julian House: Tel: 01225 354 659/354 650 Text: 07531 116 548 email@example.com
Bath Fireworks Display
Massive thank you to The Rotary Club of Bath who will again be holding the annual fireworks display on the Bath Recreation Ground. Julian House and Bath Opportunity Pre School are this year’s headline beneficiaries – all the more reason to support this great event! Gates open at six o’clock and the fireworks display will start at seven-thirty. Advanced tickets will be on sale from 1st October 2013 from the Bath Building Society, Bath Ticket office and Bath Rugby Ticket Office. Tickets costs, Adult £5 (£6 on the gate) Child £3 (£4 on the gate)
October 2013 – Exciting Development for Julian House
Julian House is delighted to announce that it is in advanced discussions with St Vincent’s Housing, Learning & Guidance, with a view to merging the two organisations. St Vincent’s is a small Bristol based charity, which over the last 14 years has helped some of society’s most vulnerable people to rebuild their lives. The charity’s work is centred on single homeless people who are in recovery from alcohol and drug misuse. Most of its clients are ex-offenders and all are seeking to make positive life changes. The merger of Julian House and St Vincent’s will bring together two organisations who work with very similar client groups. St Vincent’s has had considerable success in addressing addiction issues with many of the clients in its care. Julian House’s experience and expertise covers a broader range of issues relating to homelessness, with a major focus on reconnecting its clients with their local communities – often by supporting them into their own tenancies. Peter Denning, Julian House Chief Executive, is confident that the merger will bring about significant benefits for both organisations – “Julian House is justifiably proud of the very positive outcomes which it has achieved for many hundreds of its clients over the years. Invariably this has been life changing and in some cases life saving. St Vincent’s too has had considerable success. The combination of the two organisations will mean sharing valuable expertise and ultimately better outcomes for our clients.” Although the combined organisation will be known as Julian House, St Vincent’s will continue to operate under its own name and raise funds for its work across greater Bristol. The merger is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. Key priorities over the months following the merger will be to increase the number of bed spaces available across Bristol and the surrounding areas where the need for specialist services remains considerable. Further details on St Vincent’s and its work are available at: www.stvincentshousing.org.uk
29th September 2013 – Circuit of Bath Walk
We would like to say thank you to everybody who took part in the 2013 Circuit of Bath Walk and made it a great success. Congratulations to all walkers for the fantastic effort they put in and a special well done to all of those who completed the full 20 miles and claimed their medal! If you would like to see some more pictures of the event please have a look at our Facebook page here. Please feel free to share your photos of the day with us (preferably through Facebook, Twitter or email), we would absolutely love to see them.