Our five-platformed programme is designed to help guests regain their lives.
Our Drop-in is the starting-point of the REGAIN Programme.
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, Knightbridge, SW1X 0BD.
ReStore is designed to give guests the best chance of securing full-time, sustainable employment.
We offer 3 important services to guests:
1. Personalised mentoring
2. Access to counselling
3. Preparation for employment through our work-readiness course (TaskForce)
Mentoring: support from a volunteer-mentor with practical matters including CV-writing, interview practice, budgeting & access to benefits.
Counselling: referrals to a partner counselling service for sessions.
TaskForce: ideal for those seeking to work, this course of 80 hours of volunteering/placement allows guests to develop their confidence, feel work ready, achieve a good work reference and receive guidance and feedback from local employers.
Following personal progression through Mentoring & TaskForce, we are able to refer guests into apprenticehips and onto other training programmes 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.
Mentors play an important role in this process, helping with neccessary job applications and ensuring a smooth transition into work.
While guests are securing full-time work, we simultaneously help them to secure a home of their own. Support is provided in sourcing accommodation and budgeting to ensure guests have sufficient savings for deposits and first months’ rent.
We recognise that providing a roof over the head is not in itself the full answer for those who have lived on the streets.
Regular visits to guests in their home or near their workplace allows advice to be given about savings, utilities payments, cost-effective shopping and general catch up.
Our goal is to support guests along a pathway, tailored to their individual needs. This journey starts with ReAct and ends when they return to independent living, feeling empowered, resilient and optimistic about their future.
Some guests will remain involved with RESTART and support our work by volunteering at the drop-in or acting as a mentor to current guests who are experiencing homelessness. Former guests bring authenticity and are well equipped to encourage and inspire others who are seeking support and rebuilding their lives.