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St Martins updates..
Our Trusted Tenant programme starts on the 12th February. The programme offers a range of skills from self assessment of their own readiness to take on a tenancy, to rights and responsibilities (both theirs and their landlords), budgeting, maintenance and self care, and offers the opportunity for trouble shooting problems that may arise.
Alex and Pippa will be here again on the 19th February providing free haircuts. Appointments go fast so make sure you book in, and keep an eye on what's coming up at Under 1 Roof for future dates.
Our next First Aid training with the Red Cross is on 23rd February. These training sessions are all about having both the knowledge and confidence to act in different scenarios.
Our next healing sessions are on the 16th February and then every two week after.. Half hour appointments are available from 10.15-12.15
The next Building Better Habits Drug and Alcohol Awareness Course starts on the 7th March. This four week course is aimed at providing people with alternative thinking patterns in order to address issues around drugs and/or alcohol.
Make-Up Your Mind starts on 15th February. This is a 10 week programme incorporating principles of developing a healthy lifestyle and allowing people to gain a greater awareness of how they operate and respond to the world around them.
The Members Mix team meet Tuesdays at 1pm and would welcome new members to join them in developing forthcoming projects
We at the Newsletter Group would like to thank Phil for finishing last months newletter while we were all on holiday enjoying oursleves!!
We are very excited to introduce our new Trusted Tenants Tutor; Christine Spooner. Christine has many years experience in delivering community training and will bring her specialised housing experience from her time as Regional Manager of Homeless Link.
The programme offers a range of skills from self assessment of your own readiness to take on a tenancy, to rights and responsibilities (both yours and your landlords), budgeting, maintenance and self care, and offers the opportunity for trouble shooting problems that may arise.
This is supported through a mix of group training, presentations from organisations and suppliers and 1:1 coaching sessions that enable the individual to make lasting change to the way they manage their tenancy, their finances and their relationship with their landlord.
MAKE SOMEONE A CUP OF TEA AND HAVE A CHAT
FIND OUT WHAT SOMEONE DOES TO RELAX
THANK SOMEONE FOR SOMETHING THEY'VE DONE FOR YOU
GO FOR A WALK WITH SOMEONE AND SEE HOW THEY'RE DOING
SHARE WITH SOMEONE THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU SMILE MOST
RING A FRIEND AND ASK HOW ARE YOU AND LISTEN TO THEIR ANSWER
PERFORM A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS
February the 1st was Time to Talk day. Talking about Mental health is the best way to stop the stigma once and for all. We have complied a list of suggestions to help cope with mental health, try and do one of these each day. Talk. Silence Kills.
A big thank you to Belona who has been running the Press Ahead journalism course at Under-1-Roof for the last two months. Everyone who participated has learnt so much and this newsletter is a direct consequence of all her efforts. If you want to try your hand at writing an article for the newsletter or you have an opinion you want heard then please come and join the editorial team between 11am and 12am every thursday. We need your contributions and enthusiasm.
Number of homeless people sleeping on streets in England hits highest level on record
More than 4,500 people were recorded as sleeping rough on any given night in autumn last year – a figure that has more than doubled since 2010.
The number of rough sleepers increased by 15 per cent in just one year, up 617 since the autumn 2016. London represented nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of all rough sleepers in England, at 1,140 on any given night – up from 23 per cent the previous year.
A fifth of those sleeping rough last year were non-UK nationals, while 14 per cent were women and 8 per cent were under 25 years old, the figures show.
Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, urged that the true number of rough sleepers was far greater, after its own research found that more than 8,000 people were currently sleeping rough across England.
This is on top of an additional 9,000 homeless people sleeping in tents, cars, trains and buses, the charity warned.
Previous studies show that those sleeping without a roof over their head are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence and 15 times more likely to have suffered verbal abuse compared to the general public.
The latest figures come after the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed in September that the number of people sleeping rough had soared by 134 per cent since 2012
An autumn snapshot survey last year recorded 4,134 rough sleepers, while the number of homeless families approaching councils and being assessed as entitled to temporary accommodation rose by 48 per cent to 59,090.
Chief Executive of Crisis Jon Sparkes said: “It is truly a catastrophe that in a country as prosperous as this, more and more people are finding themselves forced to sleep in dangerous and freezing conditions, when we have evidence to show how the situation could be turned around.
Shelter's chief executive, Polly Neate, meanwhile said the figures exposed the "worst pain inflicted by our housing crisis", adding: "We have failed as a society when so many people are forced to sleep rough.
"But they are not alone, the scourge of homelessness extends far beyond our streets. Hidden away in emergency B&Bs, temporary bedsits and on friend’s sofas are hundreds of thousands of other homeless people, including families with children.
“Most of these people are homeless simply because they couldn’t afford to live anywhere, a situation made worse by welfare cuts.”
These extracts from The Independent Jan 2018 really hit home for our newsletter crew.
Here at St Martins Housing we have been adapting our service to meet demands and created the new Pathways Service, which in the last year has helped 165 people progress into accommodation.
Number of people sleeping rough by year:
2015 = 13 people
2016 = 34 people
2017 = 30 people
The extra beds that have been created at St Martins through independent fundraising have certainly helped to bring this number down. Hear more from our Homeless Services Manager speaking to That's Norfolk TV by using this link: https://youtu.be/GiliUFye1D0
Art Work of
Creative Matters is a series of month-long programmes of performances, workshops, discussion and debate that use creativity to explore important issues in today’s society. January was dedicated to Men's mental health. Under One roof member and newsletter crew Colin Smith was involved with the production, highlighting the issue of men's mental health with 11 other men of various ages and backgrounds. The project was led by Andy Wood of Mens craft and the creative director was Thom Bailey. Well done Colin. The next programme covers care for dementia and starts in May.
You need to be in a position to help others, I often help people when I can, but i am not always in the position to do that.
You cant help others until you can help yourself. So be kind to yourself.
February the 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day
Why are Random Acts Of Kindness so Important. ... “...a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual... There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier
Maybe sometimes a random act of kindness might be just thinking before you react to someone , and thinking about what that person might be going through.
This term can be found in the Zen branch of Buddhism which applies to keeping in the moment and staying in the present.
In today's modern world everyone has a hidden agenda, we are all prone to judging people, and we are losing our sense of community because of this.
The beauty of simple kindness touches–and changes–us all.
Be the change you
want to see in the world
Seek out an opportunity to help every day. Hold open a door, offer assistance, help someone trying to get a stroller down the steps or take any random acts of kindness. ... When you look, you'll find opportunities to perform random acts of kindness.
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT OUR LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
A random act of kindness not only makes you feel good about yourself, it makes the other person feel good, and I believe it sends out a ripple of kindness which is something we could all do within our world.