Welcome to King Georges and Islington mental health hostels!

We’re giving two new services a big, warm SHP welcome this issue of Pink Door.

King George’s is a 68 bed accommodation based project in Westminster. Residents are entrenched rough sleepers with experience of very complex needs, who are taking the first steps out of homelessness.

We’re delighted to add four new mental health hostels to our accommodation services in Islington. The teams will be supporting 28 clients with a varying range of mental health needs.


Lewisham Vulnerable Adult Services Have Their Say!

As part of SHP's ongoing voter registration campaign, Have Your Say, the Lewisham Vulnerable Adult Service organised their very own 'Up To You' event for clients. 

Clients hosted their very own hustings, with two clients campaigning to become 'mayors'. Angus and Jack (standing in for client Anthony) spoke to the assembled crowd about what they would do if they were mayor of London.

Each candidate took LVASS soap box (hastily constructed out of a discarded bedside cabinet) to outline their manifesto and take questions from the audience. Heckles from the crowd simply added to the authentic experience! After the speeches, everybody cast their votes in a locked ballot box. 

The day also featured a BBQ and an 80s music DJ set - with all clients who attended supported to register to vote. 


Westminster Floating Support expands reach

We’re delighted that our Westminster Floating Support service has been re-commissioned for another three years – and will see the scope of its work greatly increase.

The service will now be working with 750 clients a year (up from 350), and will now move from working solely with clients with a link to mental health to a generic service open to all living in Westminster who need support in maintaining their tenancies.

The new model is a move away from traditional floating support, to a more digitally-minded service, which is strongly embedded in the community with a peer support-based approach.

And finally, we’ll also we working with Westminster Learning Disability Partnership to put on a drop in for people with autism, as well as working with a small group of care leavers.

Things are getting ‘curiouser and curiouser’ at Milton House

It all started to get 'curiouser and curiouser' in Milton House this Easter, who threw their very own Mad Hatter's Tea Party for the residents! We think it looks delicious - and after all, 'it's always time for tea!'



Sun's out, burger buns out at 88 Arlington

Residents at Arlington Road were able to enjoy the good weather over the weekend with staff putting on a BBQ - full of fun, food and a bit of guitar playing. It's making us hungry just looking at the photos!

Lord Dubbs and Yvette Cooper visit Lambeth Refugees

Syrian refugee families who’ve resettled in Lambeth gathered for a discussion earlier this month with leading politicians about how the borough has worked to provide a welcome to those fleeing the brutal civil war that has torn apart their homeland.

Lord Dubs and Yvette Cooper MP, who have both campaigned vigorously in Parliament for the UK to help refugees, attended alongside Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader, and Cllr Paul McGlone, the council’s deputy leader.

Rashna, a refugee who came to London through the resettlement programme in 2017 spoke about her experiences. She said: “I fled the war in Syria in 2013, and spent four years living in a refugee camp in Jordan. I am so pleased to now call Lambeth my home, and I have been given the greatest gift of all since arriving; my son. I only hope that my husband will be able to join us here soon, so that we can be reunited and live as a family.” Read the full story. 


Learning at Work Week - It's competition time!

This week is Learning at Work Week (14-20 May), so we're putting a spotlight on the importance of learning and development and giving you an opportunity to win a prize! At the end of this week, the staff member who has the biggest increase in learning will win a top secret prize - all you need to do to be in with a shot is log in to Owl and get learning and completing those courses. Don't know where to start? Why not take a look at your required learning?

The winner will be announced next week - so keep your eyes peeled. 

Opportunity Open Day!

The Opportunities Programme threw open its doors and put on an open day for clients and support workers to find out more about the new activities that are on offer.

The day was be a chance to meet workshop facilitators, join in taster session, meet people and sign up to our exciting range of courses and activities. More than 25 clients attended, with many signing up to try something new.

Did you miss out on the day? Get in touch with Ruth to find out more about the opportunity programme and how your clients can get involved.


Wandsworth Mental Health Services get cultural

Staff and clients from Wandsworth Mental Health services recently enjoyed trips to the V & A, Imperial War Museum and the Science Museum. On warm, sunny days visits to these free to enter museums have been insightful and worthwhile.

Nikki, a client who went along ont he Science Museum trip, said the visit was  “very interesting and intriguing, and it brought back memories of the 70s - the washing machine and so!"

Andrew, a client who has been along to most of the outings, said he found the visits to all the museums "very interesting, very cultural oriented and very informative."

The team will be taking more clients out to enjoy London's museums throughout the summer. 


Southampton row gets Artist mural

As part of the ongoing PIE work in our hostels, Southampton Row has been luckily enough to work with a local artist on the fantastic mural. Clients have had a say about what they want it to look like, and a few have helped with the painting. We think it looks great, don't you?


Expanding Housing First across London

We’re now expanding Housing First across even more boroughs, including Islington, Newham and Redbridge. 

At its heart Housing First places the emphasis on, as the name suggests, housing before everything else. There is recognition that having your own front door is a basic human right and can provide the platform for the development of personal resilience and recovery.

The Redbridge Floating Support Team have been working hard over the past few months to integrate Hosing First into the service offer, and it’s thanks to this pilot that Newham council have agreed to commission the approach. 
This month, we will begin delivering Housing First in Islington. This is a pioneering approach in London, as Islington will be using social housing as the basis for the accommodation rather than private rented accommodation.