Redbridge clients rub shoulders with football legends

The West Ham United Foundation invited some of our Redbridge clients down to the London Stadium for their local community day.

They were treated to a delicious meal, free haircuts, board games and even got to meet eight of the players from West Ham United and West Ham United Women - including England-midfielder Jack Wilshere and Hammers legend Mark Noble!

Residents enjoying new Arlington Road gym.

With support from ASOS, we've built an amazing new gym at our Arlington Road hostel. It looks like it's going down a treat with residents! Here's Dennis, Bill and Michael working out on the exercise bike with a personal trainer.

Universal Music have also built us a new gym at Dennis Handfield House, check them out testing out the new equipment!

Camden go all green

After enjoying a trip out to Kew Gardens last autumn, residents from our Camden hostels took another day trip out to the beautiful gardens. 

Opportunities Team showcase work at the Ivories

Our incredible Sport and Health, Art and SoundHouse (Music) teams came together to showcase all the options open to clients in Islington.

The open day featured health checks, an art session making your own bunting and a little drama session for attendees.

Doggy donations go down a treat

We were thrilled to receive a donation of doggy treats from the Dog's Trust to give to our clients' furry friends. Stacey, an SHP client, sent us a letter with some lovely words expressing how very grateful she was after receiving free dogs' toys and food for her beloved pooch Zeus.

Stacey said: "Thank you so much for your generosity! Everything you have given me has helped me so much with Zeus, from his jacket to his toys to his oral hygiene sticks. His jacket is the best raincoat ever - and he loves it. He's so funny - he now struts down the street like a show dog when he sees other dogs.

"He has supported me more than he will ever understand - and has had such an impact on my life."

Clients have an ICE day out

Residents from our Camden hostels celebrated the end of Winter by ice skating around the famous Natural History Museum Ice Rink! Bill (pictured below) hadn't been for years but made it round five times (with the help of a penguin!) πŸ§ A big big thank you to the Natural History Museum, London for the tickets!

A group of young people supported by Islington F/S also enjoyed a recent skating session at the Sobell Centre, whilst our Syrian refugee families enjoyed a day out at Somerset House rink.

Lewisham VA celebrate Burns Night

A number of staff and residents came together to celebrate Burns Night at Tressilian Crescent in January.

Following the time honoured tradition of addressing, and holding a toast to the revered haggis (with blackcurrant cordial!) everyone ate haggis and jacket spuds, all cooked on an open fire. Burns Poetry was recited by poet in residence Gerard.

Leila even brought her fiddle and played some fine Scottish reels. The night finished off with toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and a round of auld lang syne. A lovely warm way to celebrate what can so often be a miserable time of year, don't you think?

Managers Away day

Managers from across SHP came together to enjoy a day at the London Irish Centre in February. The away day focused on SHP's current priorities, business planning and areas of improvement across the organisation.

Housing Jenga takes to the street

We had a great time showcasing our work at The Store Street Spring Market last month. The star of the show was our colourful (and GIANT) 'Housing Jenga' which definitely saw a few topples!