SHP client Wayne makes Cafe Art Competition shortlist

Wayne Coleman, a talent resident in our Lewisham Vulnerable adults service, made it through to the final 20 in the Café Arts Competition, winning £50 and his art exhibited alongside the other artwork.

Wayne said: "I'm delighted to have been shortlisted. I love doing portraiture, I find it a way of expressing myself. It's my vent. It's something I love doing."

Wayne is often seen working on frescos in South London, using pastels and oil paints to create amazing portraits on the pavements of Lewisham. Read the full story here.

Redbridge Housing First Success!

We are celebrating some great joint-working and a superb success story from one of our clients.

Meet Pam. After spending time in The Salvation Army Ilford Night shelter this winter, our Redbridge Housing First Service - which aims to take rough sleepers straight into their own accommodation - supported her to move into her own flat just two weeks ago! Here she is with the keys! 

SHP client featured in local paper Ilford Recorder

Rusty, a client from Redbridge, spoke to the Ilford Recorder about how SHP has helped him to start find his feet. Four years ago, he injured his leg at work - and unable to return for months, he ran out of money and eventually became homeless.

For the past three months, he has been sleeping rough, staying in a makeshift tarpaulin tent in a car park. But with our support, he's beginning to get his life back on track.

A client in Islington is enjoying a fresh lease of life after SHP supported her into a new home.

Susan had lived in her one bedroom council flat for the past eight years. The flat was in a very poor condition and as her son slept in the living room with his two dogs. Susan spent most of her time confined to the bedroom. With help from her support worker, Mark Chambers, Susan was able to address her rent arrears and get onto the correct benefits. We also brought social services on board and Susan was allocated a social worker.

Susan agreed that she was struggling to manage her tenancy and that she would like support to get her own supported accommodation flat. She was supported to buy new carpets and furniture and got the key to her new home in January.

Susan said: “I couldn’t wait to move in – I was so excited I would have slept on the floor!

“I’m really enjoying socialising with the other residents and I feel much happier and more independent. I’m really grateful to SHP for all the support I’ve been given – I score my new life 10 out of 10!”