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Austerity and Access: Aleks’ Story
Austerity and Access: Aleks’ StoryFebruary 5, 2015 12:00 pmBlogAleks arrived in the UK last year. He came across from his home country in Eastern Europe as there was no work, and he wanted to provide for his wife and three children. He was estranged from his wife, and had previous problems with alcohol, but he wanted to try and make amends. At first it had started quite well. There had been a few casual labouring jobs here and there, and he had been able to send money home. He had stayed with Eastern European friends (albeit in an overcrowded flat), and had paid a bit of rent. The prospects were looking good for more work, more money, and then in a year or two there would be a chance to go home and build a better future. But then he got ill. It started with a cough, then fevers. He would feRead More
Groundswell: Life as an Andy Ludlow Award winner – John’s story
Groundswell: Life as an Andy Ludlow Award winner – John’s storyJanuary 28, 2015 12:00 pmBlogGroundswell’s Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service was recently announced as the winner of the 2014 Andy Ludlow Award and received the first prize of £30,000 in October 2014. Three months on, we asked John Driscoll, a Project Worker at Groundswell, to give us his views on what it felt like to be an Andy Ludlow winner. After several years of homelessness, John started volunteering on the Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA) service in 2013. John was then successful in gaining a job as a Project Worker with Groundswell in 2014. This role is funded thanks to the Andy Ludlow Award prize money. It feels like it’s been a long time since the Andy Ludlow Award Ceremony – so much has happened since then! Getting a new job at GroundRead More
What its like to win an Andy Ludlow Award: Gerry’s Story.
What its like to win an Andy Ludlow Award: Gerry’s Story.November 26, 2014 12:00 pmBlogGroundswell’s Homeless Health Peer Advocacy Service was recently announced as the winner of the 2014 Andy Ludlow Award and received the first prize of £30,000. We asked Gerry Dickson, a Project Worker at Groundswell, to give us her views on what it felt like to be an Andy Ludlow winner. After several years of homelessness, Gerry started volunteering on Groundswell’s Homeless Health Advocacy (HHPA) service in 2011, before being appointed as a Project Worker, a paid member of staff, in 2013. I was so nervous and excited to be invited into the Speakers House for the awards ceremony. The Groundswell team were enjoying the magnificent surroundings as we waited anxiously for the announcement. When they finally read out our name – IRead More
Ronnie Goodman, a lesson in nurturing talent: a blog from Viv Griffiths of St Mungo’s Broadway
Ronnie Goodman, a lesson in nurturing talent: a blog from Viv Griffiths of St Mungo’s BroadwayOctober 8, 2014 12:00 pmBlogViv Griffiths is a Team Leader for St Mungo's Broadway StreetLink project. She took part in an innovative study trip this year, funded by the London Housing Foundation, to learn more about how homelessness services operate in the United States. In this blog, first published on the St Mungo's Broadway website here, she writes about the power of running and art to improve people’s wellbeing. On 6 April this year I fell across the finish line of the Brighton Marathon after five hours, one minute and 32 seconds of running (and shuffling, staggering and limping, if I’m being honest). As anyone who has ever attempted to run a marathon will tell you, 26.2 miles is not a challenge to be faced lightly. Not long after the marathon, I was Read More
Routes to Roots: Tower Hamlets helping homeless people in hospital
Routes to Roots: Tower Hamlets helping homeless people in hospitalOctober 1, 2014 12:00 pmBlogThe Tower Hamlets Routes to Roots project works with homeless or potentially homeless people who are in hospital. By helping them to reconnect with their home borough they help prevent homelessness and reduce unnecessary stays in hospital. The project has been shortlisted for this year’s Andy Ludlow Awards. Alexis is one of their Advice and Support team and this is her story. When I was first told about the ‘Routes to Roots’ project by my manager I was really excited to be involved. This is a service that supports hospital patients at risk of rough sleeping before they are discharged from hospital. Often when clients first come to us they are already sleeping rough; a very difficult and desperate situation. With this projectRead More
Siifan’s Story – the reality of being a migrant in the UK
Siifan’s Story – the reality of being a migrant in the UKSeptember 25, 2014 12:00 pmBlogPraxis provides advice, support and a welcome meeting place for vulnerable migrants and refugees in London. Their “Temporary Homes” project has been shortlisted for the Andy Ludlow Awards 2014. This is Siifan’s story. Siifan arrived in the UK in November 2008. She was still a child. She had spent months in trucks, trains and planes, being handed from stranger to stranger in an attempt to get to Britain. But when she arrived, her frustrating and difficult journey was not over. “I was put in prison in Ethiopia because my family disagreed with the government. After a few months my uncle bribed one of the prison officers and I was let out. But I had to get out of the country as quickly as possible, and my uncle told me toRead More
Tackling Youth Homelessness – Joshua’s Story
Tackling Youth Homelessness – Joshua’s StorySeptember 15, 2014 12:00 pmBlogThe London Youth Gateway partnership project has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards 2014, sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, Shelter and London Councils. This is Joshua’s story about how the partnership makes a difference. Joshua (21) rents a room in shared private accommodation and is very busy with an apprenticeship he loves. How different it was nearly a year ago when he was sleeping rough and in trouble with the law: “I was on the wrong track, with the wrong friends, making the wrong decisions. I’d come out of prison and couldn’t stay with my family anymore, so ended up the street. I was a right mess, but really wanted to get on with life and never return to prison. And then my probation workRead More
8 Top Tips for a Positive Merger!
8 Top Tips for a Positive Merger!September 3, 2014 12:00 pmBlogMergers are sometimes necessary in the housing and homelessness sector, for strategic or financial reasons. But mergers are fraught with challenge and need to be handled carefully. At the London Housing Foundation we have helped a number of organisations with complex mergers over the last few years. Here are our key rules for a successful merger! 1. Senior people in each organisation must maintain excellent communication and act in harmony. In particular, negotiating positions should be cleared internally before being shared with partners. Offers made and then withdrawn can seriously damage good relations between partners. 2. Each partner needs to agree a core team to manage merger talks. Having the same people work on the negRead More