Peer Mentor Mission Statement

We're delighted to unveil our new Peer Mission Statement, which guides SHP's approach and expectations of peer mentors. The statement was co-produced by the Peer mentoring team and our amazing peer mentors, with support from the Comms Team.

SHP awarded TfL funding to get clients cycling

We're delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from Transport for London (TfL) to help make cycling more accessible for our clients. 

The Breaking the Cycle project will engage more than 120 people in cycling-related activities each year until 2021. The project will go live in April, with a range of structured activities will be offered - including organised bike rides, regular training sessions and monthly cycling trips. The scheme will also support beginner cyclists with taster sessions and learning-to-ride training focusing on safe cycling, as well as repair and maintenance workshops. Find out more here.

Arthouse Relaunch

After a mini-break, the Arts Programme is about to re-launch sessions at Bondway and the Ivories.

At Bondway, we'll be holding art workshops from 4-6pm every Wednesday, working with freelance art facilitators covering a variety of mediums including mosaics, sewing, spray painting and screen printing. We'll also be offering drama workshops to our clients at Bondway from 2-4pm, every Wednesday. Drama sessions are also coming to The Ivories from 12pm-2pm on Thursdays.

As well as giving SHP clients the opportunity to participate in skill-based and well-being art workshops they will also be working alongside themes in order to share their individual stories in a creative light resulting in showcasing their work in a summer exhibition.

Clients have an ICE day out

Residents from our Camden hostels celebrated the New Year 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!) 🐧 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?

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.

Residents enjoying new Arlington Road Gym

With support from ASOS, we've built an amazing new gym at our Arlington Road hostel - with another soon to arrive at Dennis Handfield House.

And 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.

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 the borough.

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

Managers Away Day

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

SHP feature in Guardian Letters

In late December, our Chief Executive Liz Rutherfoord called on ministers to face up to the role of government policy in creating the "perfect storm" behind the continuing rise in homelessness.

Liz spoke out after the Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, claimed the growing problem was not a political failure and was attributable to other factors. His comments prompted widespread outcry from homelessness charities and campaigners.

In a letter published by the Guardian, Liz said Mr Brokenshire’s remarks "bear the hallmarks of a government in denial."