Clients roll back the years at SHP Sports Day

SHP clients and staff came together on Friday 19 July for some sporting fun at our first ever summer Sports Day.

Despite the gloomy weather, more than 150 people took part in the event at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, coming from our services all across London.  

Participants relived their school days by taking on a number of sporting challenges; ranging from sports day classics such as egg-and-spoon, sack race and tug of war to athletic pursuits like the high jump, javelin and 110m hurdles. (Full story here)

Please note the Sports & Health Team will be sending out all the photos for you to look at later this week!

Lived experience takes centre stage

The voices of people facing multiple disadvantage acted as the basis for two unique theatre performances in Islington and Camden to mark the UK’s first ever national Multiple Disadvantage Day.

The performed piece – commissioned by SHP’s Fulfilling Lives Islington & Camden (FLIC) service in partnership with the Human Rights theatre company Ice & Fire - was based on the lives of people that the FLIC service has worked with over the past four years. Using the clients’ own words, it told the story of their lived experience of multiple disadvantage, highlighting their struggles and achievements. Over 80 people attended the performances at Islington Town Hall and St Pancras Hospital. (Full story here)

Young people Czech out City of a Hundred Spires

Staff from SHP’s Lewisham Assessment Centres took the lead on the spring residential this year, taking ten young people from Islington and Lewisham on a trip to Prague.

Most of the young people had not flown on an aeroplane before so there was a combination of nerves and excitement amongst the group.

Team manager Elle Slater said: “We arrived in Prague on time and everyone was excited to see the city. The weather was not on our side so our walking tour turned into a mad dash to the hostel. Nevertheless, spirits were not dampened as we went bowling instead. We celebrated the birthday of one of the clients that first evening with a birthday sundae from TGI’s!

“On the second day, the sun was shining. The first activity of the day was paintballing and there were nerves amongst the staff team as we handed over paint-filled guns to the eager young people! We split into teams and entered the battlefield. The day passed quickly with all emerging unscathed and exhausted!”

This trip was an opportunity for the young people to experience a new culture, make new friends and develop communication and team-building skills. On the final day, the group reflected on their favourite parts of the trip and it was clear that the friendships made within the group stood out the most. Since returning from the trip the group have remained in contact, despite living in different parts of London.

Camden Recovery & Islington Aftercare Host Volunteer Fair

To celebrate Volunteers Week (1st-7th June) our Camden Recovery & Islington Aftercare service hosted a volunteers fair with a variety of stall holders showcasing their work in the borough.

The event at Kennedy Hall was a great opportunity for clients to come along to find out about more about volunteering opportunities, browse the free clothing boutique stall and get involved with the arts and crafts. We had a blast! 

Jason Lee House celebrate Ramadan with Redbridge Mayor 

One of our Redbridge hostels, Jason Lee House, decked the hall with balloons and bunting to welcome the new Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Zulfiqar Hussain and the Redbridge Disabled Women's Welfare Association.

They joined us to celebrate Ramadan and their support to our hostel services in Redbridge - providing a supply of food donations all year round!

Camden cooking classes

While at SHP we believe that everyone deserves a place to call home, Made In Hackney believe everyone should have access to healthy, affordable food that’s good for people and planet. A winning combination if you ask us!

Our friends Made in Hackney have been joining our clients at Arlington Hostel to test out their culinary skills, making tasty plant-based meals.

Cooking is often noted as one thing people miss the most when they don't have a place of their own, and for many gives a true sense of independence. Making food in a group is a great way for our clients to engage and socialise with staff and other residents as well as developing their skills.

Clients treated to day out at the theatre

This month some of the clients had the opportunity to go and see the magnificent world-famous Lion King show at the Lyceum Theatre. They had a roarsome time.

Mural madness

The Arts programme has got clients grabbing paint brushes to get involved and arty on SHP walls all over London. With murals popping up in Redbridge, Bondway and DHH, these creative designs are brightening up our spaces in time for summer.

Mental Health Week Fundraising

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who came out to fundraise for us during#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and raise awareness of the links between poor mental health and homelessness, helping us raise over £4k from generous Londoners and commuters!

Corporates get grafting

We've had lots of helping hands from our dedicated corporate partners lately, sprucing up some of the inside and outside spaces our clients use every day.

A team of 40 green fingered corporate volunteers from Tideway transformed the Redbridge Allotment. Hostels Beachcroft and Avonmore got a good lick of paint from helpers from Daemon and Brewin Dolphin and our new hostel, Keane Street, benefited from a much needed clean with volunteers from Liv taking on the challenge. 

Barnsbury Park got a full makeover in the garden, lounge, kitchen and even some of the rooms, all decked out with a table tennis table, pool table along with plants and even fairy lights for the garden to top it all off. 

Manor Gardens Well-being 

Our Islington community service had a great time promoting their work at the Manor Gardens Summer Wellbeing Festival last weekend. The local mayor even stopped by to say hello!

Take me out to the Ball Game

Our Sports & Health team enjoyed a trip to the London Stadium to witness some of America's finest Major League Baseball players in full flow. The clients and staff were treated to a preview day for the new London Series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox - the first MLB games ever played in Europe. As well as watching batting practice, attendees had the chance to practice batting themselves as well as speed pitching.

Lewisham VA Open Day

Staff and clients at our Lewisham Vulnerable Service enjoyed an action-packed afternoon with our Opportunities teams, who were keen to showcase their work and the sessions available to the residents there. They even enjoyed an intense drama session in the sun.