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)

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.