RESTART Programme

Our programme of support is designed to help guests through the challenges of homelessness and to restart lives.  

 

Drop-in

We welcome all who enter, offering a hot meal,  friendly support and general advice to men and women who are currently or formerly homeless.

The Drop-in provides a good opportunity for guests, volunteers, mentors and staff to get to know one another. Guests that are wishing to make a change in their living situation can learn more about our programmes and opportunities here.

When?                   Friday evenings: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Where?                St. Columba’s Church, Pont Street,                                      Knightsbridge, SW1X 0BD. 

One-to-one

One-to-ones help a guest and team member work out key goals, support needed and agree a way forward. Areas for support may be linked to well-being, employability, housing or another issue.

Support is available through:

  • one to one appointments and mentoring
  • group workshops – personal, financial and employability development
  • referrals into work (employers)
  • help to access other services e.g. GP, counselling

Advice & Support

One example of our support is in developing employability and confidence with guests and finding secure jobs. 

Following personal progression with the RESTART team, we are able to support guests towards apprenticeships, training and jobs provided by a range of workplace partners.

Past guests have been successful in securing and sustaining employment at Pret a Manger, Beyond Food Foundation and Leon.

If requested, mentors can be available to chat to, help with necessary job applications and ensure a smooth transition into work.

Accommodation

For some, the priority may be seeking temporary accommodation or securing a more permanent home of their own. Advice is provided with accommodation and budgeting to ensure guests have sufficient savings for deposits and first months’ rent.

We recognise that providing a roof over one’s head is not in itself the full answer for those who have lived on the streets.

Regular in-person catch ups allows ideas to be shared about savings, utilities payments, cost-effective shopping etc.

Return

Our goal is to support guests along a pathway, tailored to their individual needs. This journey starts at the drop-in and is celebrated when a guest may return to independent living, or feels more empowered, resilient and optimistic about their future.

After support, some guests will remain involved with RESTART and champion our work by volunteering at the drop-in or acting as a mentor to current guests who are experiencing homelessness. Former guests offer authenticity and are well equipped to encourage and inspire others who are seeking support and rebuilding their lives.