Hestia’s “Back on Track” programme Shortlisted for LHF funded Andy Ludlow AwardAugust 27, 2013 12:00 pmNewsThe Back on Track initiative, a peer-led training and mentoring initiative for people who have offended and are trying to rebuild their lives, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards, sponsored by the London Housing Foundation.
The course, which can involve both training and 1:1 mentoring, is designed for people who have offended but now want to get their lives back on track. Crucially and uniquely it was designed by people coming out of prison.
Pat Ryan, Chief Executive of Hestia “Our clients told us that alongside the existing pre-release courses, they needed something else to make the transition from prison to living in the community. So we worked with them to design the Back on Track programme. Over 8 sessiRead More
New Free Financial Advice Service from the LHFAugust 26, 2013 12:00 pmNewsThe London Housing Foundation, which offers grants and provides research services to benefit the homeless, is now offering free expert financial advice for small homelessness agencies.
The LHF, which has distributed millions of pounds to homelessness agencies over the past few years, has been collecting financial data on the sector for some time.
Executive Chairman Don Wood said “This has been a very useful exercise, allowing us to monitor the financial health of the sector. But we now feel we need to do more than just monitor, and offer some expert financial advice to agencies that might need it. So, we are offering separate packages of one to one financial advice for smaller organisations who are facing significant financial chaRead More
LHF and Pact: Supporting Families and Reducing OffendingAugust 26, 2013 12:00 pmNewsGrant awards totalling £360,000 from the LHF has allowed the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) to help keep families together when one member is in prison.
Andy Keen-Downs of Pact said “All the evidence shows that if we can help keep families together and supporting each other, then the risk of reoffending is massively reduced. Our staff, partly paid for by the grant from the LHF, help people stay in touch when someone is serving a prison sentence.”
The Pact team work with families and prisoners at the earliest opportunity ensuring housing needs are identified and resolved so that the family retain their home – a significant proportion of families are forced to move when a loved one goes into prison. Our team also help makeRead More
Look Ahead’s “Experts through Experience” programme shortlisted for LHF funded Andy Ludlow AwardAugust 26, 2013 12:00 pmNewsAn innovative training programme for staff at Look Ahead Care and Support, designed and delivered by customers who have used their services, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards, sponsored by the London Housing Foundation.
The “Experts by Experience” Team provides user-led training to support and care staff. Developed and delivered by customers, it is based on their personal experience of homelessness and other related issues including substance misuse and mental health needs.
Ceri Sheppard, Transformation Manager at Look Ahead, said “Twenty of our customers have now delivered this half day training course to over 700 staff members. It works because they have a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight Read More
The LHF’s primary aim is to reduce street homelessness amongst single people. We do this by supporting the work of agencies that provide services to single homeless people or to those who are in imminent danger of homelessness...