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26th November 2016 - Hollywell are thrilled to announce that we have WON the Express & Echo Charity Champion Award at last nights' Community Awards! Katie Sherjan, Hollywell's CEO, was delighted to accept the award at the black tie event, beating three other well established local charities.

This is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work that has gone into developing Hollywell over the last 2 years and we are very proud to have been chosen at the Charity Champion for 2016.

For more information on the event and for a full list of nominees and awards please see the Express & Echo website.

 

9th November 2016 - We are absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for the Express & Echo Charity Champion award at their annual Community Awards this month.

Hollywell was set up with a passion to provide equality of access to safe housing for vulnerable people in Devon and Cornwall, working on the strong belief that EVERYONE should be entitled to a sustainable home, regardless of disability. We are very proud to have our work recognised in this way, we work very hard to provide an excellent service for our vulnerable tenants and our stakeholders - our successes to date prove the need for the bespoke, person centred approach to housing that Hollywell provides.

Check out our competition and the other categories on this Express & Echo Community Awards link and keep your fingers crossed for us on the 25th!

 

8th November 2016 - We have two exciting posts available for volunteers who really want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people across Devon.

Support & Welfare Officers (between 2 and 5 hours a week) - Volunteer post - PLYMOUTH 

We are looking for a compassionate and relaible individual (or individuals) to commit to spending an hour a week with one of more of our vulnerable tenants in Plymouth. The role involves visiting an individual in their home once a week, spending time with them and making sure that they are looking after their home as well as ensuring that they are thriving and happy in their home. Typically a visit lasts around 45 minutes to an hour each week and involves having a chat and spending time making sure that all is well with them. This is not a care provider role, Hollywell provides housing related support, however our service is also about people's welfare and making sure that their home is right for them and these visits are vital for this reason. Please see the ROLE PROFILE for more information.

No experience needed, just a kind and compassionate nature. Full training will be given and all our volunteers are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07989 518142 for further information.

Administrator (approx. 2 hours per week) - Volunteer Post - EXETER

We are looking for a reliable, methodical and organised person to support us with our adminstration in our Exeter office. Ideally for 2 hours a week (days/times flexible) and will involve managing our referral paperwork (including chasing missing forms), general filing and scanning. 

You will be dealing with confidential tenant information and therefore will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07989 518142 for further information.

  

25th October 2016 - Hollywell's founder and CEO is proud to have become a Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs after successfull graduating this week. The course is designed to support and grow social enterprises and enable them to flourish, providing special business support and nurturing the social impact element of new businesses and charities. Katie is proud to have been selected for a place on the course and has found the information and support invaluable in helping to grow Hollywell Housing Trust.

Here are some pictures of Katie at the graduation with the Hollywell stand, as well as a group photo of the class of 2015!

1st September 2016 - Hollywell Housing Trust are pleased and proud to have grown to a point where we have had to expand and move to bigger premises. We are now based at the Basepoint Business Centre in Exeter. Please find the full address on our 'Contact Us' tab.
8th August 2016 - Hollywell are delighted to have recieved a very generous grant of £10,000 from the Clare Milne Trust, an organisation working to support charities working with disabilities across Devon and Cornwall. These funds will go a long way to helping us to provide housing and housing related support to the most vulnerable in society.

9th June 2016 - A big welcome to Emma Greeley who started with Hollywell in June as our Tenant Support Coordinator! Emma will be carrying out our Tenancy Clinic visits and dealing with the day to day tenancy support needs of our residents. Emma is settling in well and is building some great relationships with our vulnerable tenants across Devon and Cornwall. 

 1st June 2016 - Our Big Lottery funded 'What Makes a Home?' workshops were a great success! Here are some photos from our group in South Moulton during a very interactive (and sticky!) session last week!

We travelled up to North Devon to meet a lovely group of people - Alexis, Ben, Nicole, Emma, Kirsty and Terry - who were kind enough to spend some time with us telling us what their perfect home looks like. They all live independently and were keen to share with us the challenges and fun parts of living on their own. 

We wanted to find out what their advice would be to someone looking to live on their own for the first time and the answers varied from "making sure you have the right support" to "making sure you're near the football ground"! We wanted to try and gather their thoughts to influence the way we are modelling our services but also to give new tenants a real life view of what living on your own might feel like.

16th May 2016 - We are thrilled to announce that we have been successful in securing a Grow It Award from well respected funder UnLtd! This grant will enable Hollywell to continue the great work we have done, finding accommodation and providing support to allow some of the most vulnerable people in society a chance to live independently within the community.

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!

INDEPENDENCE  •  CHOICE  •  EMPOWERMENT

Proud to be working with and funded by...

Registered Charity No. 1160398 • Contact 07989 518142 • Site by Friday Animal 2015

 
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