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Hollywell selected as a Finalist for ‘Charity of the Year’!

We are thrilled to have be shortlisted as a finalist for the Exeter Living Awards 2018! We are down to the final 8 charities in Exeter for ‘Charity of the Year’ and will find out whether we have been successful on 24th April at the awards ceremony at Exeter Castle. It is a great honour to have been selected by Exeter Living in this category – we are very proud of the work we have done and are doing to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society, and it’s fantastic to be recognised for this.

She’s through to the semi-finals of the Venus Awards 2018!

Hollywell’s CEO has found out that she is through to the semi-finals of the Devon & Cornwall Venus Awards 2018! Our very own ‘Inspirational Woman’ will find out if she’s through to the finals on 1st March – keep your fingers crossed! Katie is up against some stiff competition from 4 other local business women, but she is really thrilled to have got this far in the process.

Hollywell secures £75,000 grant from Lloyds Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that Hollywell has been successful in securing a three year grant of £75,000 from The Lloyds Foundation! This grant has been awarded to Hollywell in recognition of our growth and future potential, enabling us to continue to grow out work in the Cornwall area. These funds will enable us to house over 30 new tenants over 3 years, providing vital housing and housing support to some of the most vulnerable people in society. 

In order for us to house a tenant we have to pay up front costs of up to £2500 per person, money that we don’t get back. These funds – and all the other grant funding we have secured – help to cover the costs associated with housing a vulnerable person, allowing them to have a home of their own in the community. Check out our ‘Case Studies’ tab on the main website for some examples of some of the vulnerable people we have supported into their own home over the last 3 years. 

Hollywell’s CEO Nominated for a Venus Award!

Hollywell’s CEO, Katie Sherjan, has been nominated for a prestigious Venus Award! The Venus Awards are a national recognition of the best of the best of women in business, celebrating women who have gone the extra mile in their business and charity work. Katie has been nominated as ‘Most Inspiring Woman’ for her work in setting up Hollywell Housing Trust, something that she is really thrilled about!

“To be thought of as inspiring in business is a huge compliment, I have worked very hard to set up Hollywell in order to reach some of the most vulnerable in society and provide them with a sustainable home. This recognition, even just a nomination, makes me very proud of the work we do every day” Katie Sherjan – CEO 

Katie will need to wait until the end of January to find out whether she has been shortlisted for the award!

Join us for our Christmas Ball 2017!

We would love for you to come along to our Christmas Charity Ball 2017, celebrating Hollywell’s 3rd birthday as well as raising money for our work supporting some of the most vulnerable in society to have their own home and live independently. Please email Katie on katie.sherjan@hollywellhousingtrust.org.uk or go to our Contact page if you would like a ticket! (p.s. if you are one of our tenants or a care provider, tickets are discounted!)

Thank you Debbie!

This is the lovely Debbie Trethewey crossing the finish line last month after running the Dartmore Vale 10k! Debbie raised over £250 in aid of Hollywell Housing Trust – these funds will go towards our ongoing work housing vulnerable people in Devon and Cornwall.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Debbie for raising these funds for us!

Why is our relationship with letting agents so important?

In order to be able to provide safe, secure and good quality homes for our tenants, we have taken a lot of time to develop and cultivate our relationships with local letting agents and their landlords. ViewMe Homes in Plymouth are a letting agent in Plymouth that we have been working with since 2015. They have so far provided Hollywell with 8 properties in and around the Plymouth area and the directors of ViewMe are fully on board with the work that Hollywell does to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people: 

“ViewMe Lettings has a very supportive relationship with Hollywell Housing Trust, assisting them in locating suitable rental properties for their clients and stakeholders in and around the Plymouth locality. Specific properties are identified for each of the Trust’s clients on a case by case review, ensuring that both the client’s and the Trust’s needs are met. Out clients are more than happy to let their properties to Hollywell as the properties are frequently let for long periods and it’s basically stress free for the landlord. This is an ideal working relationship for both organisations, as each company utilises their unique expertise – which has been gained through years of experience – to promote the wellbeing of the individual clients.” Jackie Taylor – Director

Our commitment to keeping our tenants safe

Here at Hollywell Housing Trust the safety of our tenants is a prime concern – our tenants are vulnerable, many have never lived alone or held their own tenancy before and we want to ensure that they are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to keep themselves safe in their home. With this in mind, Hollywell has teamed up with the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to provide all our tenants with the advice and guidance they need to live safely. We will be organising a visit from the fire service to each of our tenants within the first 3 months of their tenancy to advise them on areas such as safe cooking, escape routes in the event of a fire, ensuring that any of our tenants who smoke do so safely at all times, as well as providing specialist equipment when necessary such as smoke alarms for those who are deaf or hard of hearing and fire safe furnishings where appropriate.

Katie Sherjan, Hollywell’s CEO, says:

“We are very pleased to be working in conjunction with the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to enable us to keep our tenants as safe as possible and empower them to manage their own home and look after themselves whilst they are living independently. Many of our tenants do not always know that some of their behaviours may put them at risk and this partnership will help to ensure that they are equipped with the information they need to reduce the risk of damage or injury caused by fire and keep themselves safe.”

Crew Manager Keith Denning is also the Partnership Manager for the collaboration and shares Hollywell’s committment to ensuring that our vulnerable tenants stay safe:

“Devon Fire Prevention Service welcome the opportunity in working as partners with Hollywell Housing Trust. Together we will work to provide information to keep the most vulnerable in society safe within our communities.”

This partnership is part of the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service “Home Fire Safety” initiative to support people to stay safe in their home and understand what they can do to minimise the risk of house fires.

Welcome to Clare!

We want to say a big WELCOME to Clare Dale who joins us in a permanent post from the beginning of April, having spend the last few months in a volunteer role. Clare will be the Tenant Welfare & Support Coordinator for Exeter, Mid and East Devon and will be visiting our tenants to provide housing related support and tenancy advice to ensure that our vulnerable residents are able to maintain their home and live happy lives. 

Clare comes from an education background, having worked with vulnerable young children with autism. She already has a great relationship with many of our tenants having worked as a volunteer with Hollywell for several months but we are very happy to welcome her in a permanent post!

Hollywell secures investment from the Resonance Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund

we are delighted to have been the recipient of the very first award from the Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund provided by Resonance. Resonance offers investment to social enterprises that are working in the health and wellbeing sector in the south west and have the big ideas to help in areas including health, obesity and mental health. The £5m Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund is managed by Resonance, which is a national social impact investment company with investment from Southwest Academic Health Science Network and the Access Foundation Growth Fund. 

We have been lucky enough to secure £90,000 which will be used to provide housing and tenancy support to many more people in Devon and Cornwall in the next 5 years. 

See more of the story on Resonance’s website by clicking HERE