Home for Good Christmas Newsletter
Vincent (left in photo, with Michael in Potters Bar) was referred to Home for Good by David Cole, who is Private Rented Accommodation Worker at The Passage. David hoped that accessing Home for Good would help Vincent feel more settled in his new environment. Vincent remembers this time vividly: “I didn’t know what was going on. I felt so confused.”  We introduced Vincent to Michael, one of our Home for Good Volunteers. Vincent decided he would like to use the partnership to help him get to know his local area better and to make friends locally.

Obtaining a free bicycle which Vincent and Michael fixed up together has been a key factor in Vincent getting out & about and exploring his area more. Vincent is finding Michael’s support really helpful: “I like Michael. A lot. I like the way he talks to me. I like how calm he is. We focus on priorities and solutions.” Michael utilized his local networks to source a smart phone for Vincent so that he can speak cheaply and regularly to his family in Tanzania on WhatsApp. This has really helped: “Now I am happier. I enjoy.” Michael has also gained much from the programme: “I find Vincent a very sensitive and caring person… I really admire his courage and strengths.” In turn, Vincent describes how he can now: “See the world better. I am clearer about my situation and the choice available to me. I am
more hopeful about my future. The programme has given me Michael. I thank
for that.”

Click here to see Vincent at his Hotel School Graduation

With thanks to the Oak Foundation for their continued support.
Social Club update

We welcome Jarko Vohradsky, our new Social Club Coordinator. Jarko says:

"November began with the Bonfire Night fireworks display, which the Social Club members attended at Battersea Park. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the display and the music, which was made possible by a kind donation of tickets from the organisers, Enable Leisure & Culture.
Every Sunday, members also take turns cooking a meal, and they get creative. Andre, one of our members, brought pumpkins on Halloween and used them to make a tasty dinner. On other Sundays we had a delicious fry up and Sunday roast dinner, but my personal favourite was Roger’s onion soup, which was
really delicious.
For Halloween, we did a topical quiz with prizes. At the Club we also played various games, with Bingo proving to be quite popular. Hassan, one of our members, is a barber who offers haircuts weekly. We also have a volunteer who is a qualified massage therapist who practises at the Club every other week.
We are grateful to the Wavelength charity for providing tablets and the company Crowthorne for providing internet access to the club. Thanks to both, the members are now able to access internet on Sundays during the club and some of our IT-wise members are helping others to use the internet, set up an email account and generally improve their IT literacy skills."
Thanks to Premier Oil and St Stephen's Church for their ongoing support of the Social Club.


"I enjoy being with my fellow members at the club; we all have different stories of woe, we each have positive and negative points. There is a feeling of great satisfaction on the few occasions when I have been able to help a fellow club member resolve a problem or issue."


Andre serves up a feast at the Sunday Social Club

Tony Ferns, Volunteering Officer:
I worked as a volunteer in the Home for Good Team for nearly a year. It has been one the best things that I have ever done.

I had some spare time on my hands, so I looked on The Passage website for volunteering opportunities. I was keen on working with both clients and volunteers, and applied for an office-based role in the Home for Good Team. Home for Good is a London-wide scheme linking volunteers with local clients to help clients settle into their accommodation and new area after getting off the street. The partnership lasts for up to a year, with volunteers meeting clients every week or two to support them to establish their place in the community. There are currently around 50 partnerships across London.

I filled in the application form; had a very helpful interview; and then joined other volunteers for a training and briefing session on the work that The Passage does and the Home for Good Community Volunteer role. It was very informative and well done. I worked one day a week in the Home for Good Team helping to gather, record and coordinate feedback from both clients and volunteers. What struck me most was how skilled my colleagues in the Home for Good Team were and how committed they all were to supporting clients get settled in their new places, and encouraging towards volunteers.

Dealing with London’s homelessness crisis can only be resolved one step at a time. In my view, the work that Home for Good Team is making is a giant step in dealing with repeat homelessness. I would encourage anybody to consider volunteering with The Passage and helping to tackle homelessness in London – and that includes resettlement.

We are always looking for more volunteers. The Role Description and application forms can be downloaded from The Passage website: www.passage.org.uk/volunteering

Glad tidings and all best wishes for 2018, from the Home for Good Team.
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