Refugees perform at world-famous Globe

As part of Refugee Week, a group of young refugees that we have been working with over the past year performed a short drama piece at Shakespeare’s Globe.

After performing Talal, who lives in one of our Young People’s Hostels, said: “I’m living a dream. I can’t believe that I’m here tonight sharing this performance with you.”

 

Rachel House launch new group for clients and staff - 'My World'

The new group, named My World, aims to break down barrier between staff and clients, and encourage both service users and staff to share stories and experiences.

The group brings clients and staff together to talk about how we experience the world in our daily lives as well as previous experiences we may have had and how this then impacts on our views today with the view that we all see and experience things differently but this doesn’t make any one perception different.  People are then able to discuss how others may have viewed something, get different perspectives whilst also developing their support networks and confidence to participate in groups. 

The group has some real success in client engagement with one clientnoting it was useful to "unpack their own emotions". Speak to Ciara Macfarland to find out more about the group.

FLIC on the BBC!

Lucy Watson, Deputy Manager of Fulfilling Lives in Islington and Camden, was a guest on Victoria Derbyshire’s programme on prime time BBC Two – talking about a recent Crisis report which outlined measures to end homelessness in the next 10 years.

Gunnersaurus meets Islington FS!

Islington Floating Support service met two very special people last weekend while they were raising awareness of the work we do in the borough at the Manor House health fair - The Mayor of Islington and Gunnersaurus!

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.

Hair cuts for Hackney

A massive thank you to Stephen, the Neat Street Barber who visited Hackney Floating Support and gave some of their lucky clients a trim and their very own Queer Eye make over. Looking great, don’t you think?

Art show hits Berlin!

Two pieces of artwork produced by SHP clients are currently on a tour of some of the world’s most major cities after they were included in an international art exhibition This is Where I Live.


The exhibition - organised by Cafe Art - is an annual exchange of artwork created by marginalised and homeless people from various world cities. Six clients from our Islington art group worked on the pieces over a two week period, using print and collage techniques to make an eerie depiction of the London skyline.


“The clients were inspired to create an artwork that represented London in a certain way and asked questions about the city, about how it’s always evolving,” says Marie, the art tutor who led the sessions.

SHP in a pickle

Staff and residents at Arundel celebrated that Friday Feeling with a outdoor cooking session and BBQ. Both Colt and Graham enjoyed learning about healthy eating, making these pickle wraps. Doesn't it all look yummy?!

Breaking the fast at Jason Lee House

To celebrate Ramadan, the Mayor of Redbridge Debbie Kaur-Thiar and local councillor Gurdial Bhambra visited Jason Lee House. They shared an Iftar, breaking the fast with some of our clients, staff and volunteers from the Redbridge Disabled Women's Welfare Association.

Women's TogetHER Group go camping

Seven clients and two staff enjoyed a two days of relaxation, teamwork and fresh air after a camping trip in the South Downs. They even got to enjoy a bit of seaside, taking a short trip to the beach at Seaford.

Getting Healthy in Hammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith and Fulham Mental Health services were also out an about in their borough this month, raising awareness of our over 55s sports programme to local residents. Leigh and Charlotte, who is one of the programme's evaluation partners, were giving out fruit, administering blood pressure checks and also encouraging people to have an eye test.

Soaking up culture and views at The Tate

This summer, Westminster floating support’s art lead took clients for a trip around the Tate to soak up the culture and look at the latest exhibitions. A highlight of the trip was visiting the viewing tower and getting to see the astonishing views of London from across the Thames.



Islington clients face the music!

Coltt and Mohammed, two clients from the Islington Mental Health Services, took a trip to Wembley Stadium last month to watch the filming of the X factor auditions! The two were treated to live performances from judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Field, and cheered and booed along to all the hopefuls – the highlight being a fantastic opera singer who came on last. We think Coltt and Mohammed have the X Factor, don’t you?

 

FLIC team up with Islington Council to transform green space

Local councillors are supporting a scheme which will support our FLIC clients to transform a grot spot on Evershot Road into a miniature garden for local residents to enjoy.

£1,000 was granted to FLIC which will cover will cover the cost of removal of rose bushes, tools, plants, bulbs and gardening materials.

 

Positivi-tea in Redbridge

We all know there's nothing better than having a good catch-up over a cup of tea (or coffee). And it looks like some of our Redbridge Floating Support clients agree, meeting up regularly for a weekly coffee morning!