Hollywell NewS

‘What Makes a Home?’ – workshops around supported living

Hollywell has been funded by the Big Lottery to carry out some workshops around ‘What Makes a Home?’ for vulnerable people in a supported living environment. The aim of this is to get the voices of the vulnerable people in the first set of workshops to facilitate discussions with the stakeholder groups in the second set of workshops, exploring how we can better shape housing support services for vulnerable people going forward. 

The first three sessions will be for people who identify themselves as vulnerable in terms of the following client groups:

WORKSHOP 1 – People with a learning disability and/or autism

WORKSHOP 2 – People with a mental health issue

WORKSHOP 3 – Ex-offenders 

If you are interested in attending one or more of these (free) workshops then you can get further information HERE. If you would like to book a space for yourself or for someone you work with then please complete a booking form which can be found HERE – spaces are very limited so please ensure you complete the form and return it to us. Coffee, cake and lunch included!

Police & Crime VCU renew partnership with Hollywell

Hollywell are proud to say that the Devon & Cornwall VCU have renewed their partnership with us for a further term. We have build a very good relationship with the VCU and have had some brilliant feedback from them on our work to date, including: 

“Hollywell Housing Trust have been amazing to work with since they joined the VCU pathway. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they are always so helpful with the information they give. If they are not able to help then they are always able to give us a variety of other options and this gives me the confidence to pass this information on to the victims. They are brilliant and an amazing asset to our team. Thank you for all your help!” Victim Care Officer

“Our working relationship with Hollywell is second to none. Professional in all aspects they keep me updated and show commitment to providing the client with the client with the best possible service. We have had positive outcomes and even those where the provision of accommodation has not been practicable, this is always explained and the client provided with alternative advice or signposted elsewhere for support. Thank you” Victim Care Advocate

Welcome to our new volunteers!

This is Eleanor, one of our two new volunteers who will be starting with Hollywell this week. Eleanor and Laura will be helping to carry out our Tenancy Clinics and Welfare Checks on some of our vulnerable tenants. Volunteers are vital to our work, allowing our tenants to build a good relationship with the people who are visiting their home and being able to share their thoughts and concerns about their home environment. Eleanor and Laura will be working with tenants in Cullompton and Plymouth.

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please email is today via the Contact page on the website or via Twitter: @HollywellHT and Facebook: hollywellhousingtrust

Hollywell are chosen by Devon & Cornwall Police Victims of Crime Unit to be a delivery partner for housing support

Hollywell is very proud to have been chosen by the Devon & Cornwall Victims of Crime Unit to provide housing related support, housing advice and rehousing for vulnerable people across Devon and Cornwall. The unit was set up to provide a range of specialist advice in different areas from various voluntary sector organisations to support victims of crime. For further information on the Unit or to get advice as a victim of crime, please click on the Police & Crime Commission Victims of Crime Unit information page.

Hollywell secures Big Lottery Awards For All Grant to further research into supported living in Exeter

Hollywell have secured a grant from the Big Lottery to carry out a feasibility study into the housing and support needs and wants of vulnerable client groups in the Exeter area. ‘What Makes a Home?’ is a project designed to be fully interative with a variety of groups including people with a learning disability, mental health issue, homeless and substance misusers, as well as stakeholder groups such as local authorities, support providers and families. The aim is to identify what vulnerable people want in a home in order to make it sustainable, safe and a stepping stone to future opportunity. The project will start early in 2016 and we would welcome input into the design – please do email us on katie.sherjan@hollywellhousingtrust.org.uk or send us a message on our ‘contact us’ tab.