Stonepillow's Monthly Newsletter
After a very busy month Stonepillow can report that St Joseph's has now got back to a normal routine with the staff, volunteers and clients enjoying the new surroundings and facilities.
The AGM was held on the 7th November and the following is a short synopsis of the evening.
The evening commenced with the opportunity for those who attended to meet the trustees and staff. There were a number of information boards on display which depicted the different project work. This included a number of clients who had under gone rehabilitation and were well on the road to recovery who were available to speak about their experience and how Stonepillow had helped them. Two college students also showed a number of films that had been made by the students of Chichester College on homelessness, all of which provided a varied and interesting display.
The formal AGM followed and all of the resolutions were carried by those present in outline these were:
Acceptance of the previous meetings.
Acceptance of 2011/2012.
Acceptance of Carpenter Box to continue as our auditors.
Acceptance of putting remuneration aside for the auditors.
Re-election of Clare Apel and David Legg-Willis as trustees.
Election of Martyn Bell and Peter Stevens as trustees.
Acceptance of the changes to the Constitution.
There were no objections throughout the meeting.
This was then followed by a number of presentations from the CEO, Royston Claydon a Stonepillow client and Gary Messenger a representative from Homeless Link, the new official Stonepillow DVD was also shown. The meeting ended with a further opportunity for attendees to speak to the trustees and staff.
No Second Night Out
November saw the launch of Stonepillow's new 'No Second Night Out' team. In basic terms, this means that we can offer help and assistance to clients who are just about to be made homeless or who have just started rough sleeping, to prevent them from becoming entrenched.
Targeting clients who would not fall under the local authority's duty (such as single people and couples without children or a disability), we work antisocial hours and bring clients to a place of immediate safety. We then work with our others services to secure longer term support and accommodation, either with us or in other accommodation.
We currently operate across the Arun and Chichester Districts and welcome referrals from anyone who is aware of a new rough sleeper who may benefit from our intervention. If anyone requires more information or knows of anyone rough sleeping please contact either Clive or Tanja by emailing NoSecondNightOut@stonepillow.org.uk
A plea and a cry of help
Cold Weather Provision - Bognor Regis
A cold weather shelter in Bognor Regis for homeless people will open again this winter, after receiving a makeover.
Glenlogie, in Clarence Road has been made available by Arun District Council in order to meet the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) and will open on 1st December 2012. Following The Department for Communities and Local Government guidance Glenlogie will be open when the weather forecast is predicting three consecutive nights of a temperature of zero degrees Celsius or lower. Arun District Council has provided Glenlogie as the SWEP shelter for the last two years. This winter, working again in partnership with Stonepillow the basement area will also used after undergoing this makeover.
Mears have been working in the property for the last 3 weeks to ensure the shelter was fit for purpose, including fitting two bathrooms, a kitchen, new flooring throughout and decorating.
Operated by charity Stonepillow, the shelter will provide overnight accommodation and a hot meal for anyone over 18 sleeping rough in the area. Funding is from the Homeless Prevention Fund.
Councillor Roger Elkins, Arun Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This shelter will provide much needed support to vulnerable people through the harshest weather and will hopefully help them get back on their feet for 2013."
Head of Client Services at Stonepillow remarked "We are really pleased to be working with Arun District Council again on this project. As a charity working with the most vulnerable in our community its so important to provide a good quality shelter to prevent serious harm or even death from severe weather. Rough sleeping is an issue in every district in every county across the UK and Arun work proactively to tackle the issues in their area’’.
- We are always looking for volunteers of all skills. Stonepillow rely heavily on community support, those individuals that are willing to maybe; give up their free time to "shake a bucket", cook at one of the projects, assist in training, give admin support, fundraise, promote the work of Stonepillow - if that is you please contact Carol Ford on 01 243 537934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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