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DATE POSTED: 15/05/2015

SPINATHON 15 and 16 May in aid of Under-1-Roof

Come and join us this weekend to raise money for U1R to continue to support vulnerable adults at risk of homelessness. Movies, music and good company to keep everyone entertained along the way! £5/hr donation or £2/hr if you are a member of U1R (please...
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DATE POSTED: 15/05/2015

Afternoon Tea at Bishop's House Gardens

To raise funds for St Martins Housing Trust and the The Big C.  Why not bring some friends and make a table of 10.  Pre-booked admission only - Tickets £15 each.  The gardens are open for this event on 20 June 2015, 2.30pm to 5pm by kind permission...
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DATE POSTED: 10/04/2015

"A Reality Check" documentary 14 /15 April 9.30pm

Building Better Habits Group "A Reality Check" documentary will be shown on Mustard TV on April 14 and 15 at 9:30pm.  Please tune in!Studio interview about the presentation is due to be recorded – date of airing yet to be confirmed.Please remember...
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DATE POSTED: 20/03/2015

Emily-Jane Webb fund raising event for St Martins

Emily-Jane Webb is organising a charity fundraising event for St Martins due to take place at The Brickmakers, Sprowston Road, November 14, 2015. Her event will have a Battle of the Bands, creative stall and more. Many thanks for your support Emily-Jane...
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DATE POSTED: 13/03/2015

Trafford Arms customers donate £2670 to St Martins

Chris Higgins, Trafford Arms Norwich presents a cheque for £2670 on 9 February 2015 to Derek Player, General Manager, St Martins. St Martins was chosen as their Charity for 2014 by Trafford Arms. A very BIG THANK YOU to everyone at the Trafford Arms...
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DATE POSTED: 13/03/2015

£1320 donated by John Lewis Partnership to St Martins

St Martins was chosen by John Lewis Partnership customers through their counter system and received £1320 as a result! Derek Player, General Manager of St Martins (far left) in photo below. Also chosen in conjunction with St Martins were Special Education...
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DATE POSTED: 24/02/2015

Reality Check Presentation 24 FEB 2015 BBC LOOK EAST 6.30pm

THE REALITY CHECK PRESENTATION 24 FEB 2015 BBC LOOK EAST 6.30PM highlighting the dangers of substance misuse, has now been shown to 240 year 9 pupils at Wymondham High School and has been received with excellent feedback from the pupils and staff. BBC...
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DATE POSTED: 06/02/2015

Charity drive for St Martins!

A BIG THANK YOU to Style Health and Fitness teaming up with Under-1-Roof for a big charity drive! To get involved in the action and of course have some fun at the same time read the latest newsletter from Under-1-Roof: http://ow.ly/IBjsn  To donate...
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DATE POSTED: 31/12/2014

Night Shelter experiences surge in number of people seeking help

Derek Player, General Manager of St Martins Housing Trust said that the number of people who had stayed at Bishopbridge House, the Trusts 24 direct access hostel had risen by a fifth from around 120 in 2012-13 to 140 2013-14.  To read the facts copy...
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DATE POSTED: 30/12/2014

How emergency measures can help prevent deaths of Norwich homeless in winter

The fight to protect homeless people is at its most intense this month. Simply put, when the weather becomes bitter, people sleeping on the streets of Norwich are more likely to die or become seriously ill. As we reported earlier this week, the number...
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DATE POSTED: 10/12/2014

Christmas Street Collectors needed

This December volunteers will be collecting for St Martins on the streets of Norwich from Monday 1st until Christmas Eve on weekdays and Saturdays.   If you could kindly spare an hour to help it will increase the amount we collect. Last year we collected...
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DATE POSTED: 14/11/2014

Special Regional Award Fair Weather Festival from WEA

Special regional award presented to student Group at Under-1-Roof for their Fair Weather Learning and Performance Festival, from the Workers Education Association (WEA). Fiona Joyce, Coordinator Under-1-Roof attended a ceremony in Cambridge with Martin...
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DATE POSTED: 24/10/2014

"Great night, lets do it all again next year!"

Phil Rowe, Jesus Hooligan, Tina Bradshaw  in action (just 3 of the talented artists at the Fair Weather Learning and Performance Festival on 15 October, The Waterfront Norwich) copy and paste the link below for more photos. The night was a great success...
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DATE POSTED: 24/10/2014

"...now meet the people who made it happen"

Staff, volunteers and stewards who helped create The Fair Weather Learning and Performance Festival below.  To see our photo album of the festival on our facebook page copy and paste the link below. http://ow.ly/DhuyV   
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DATE POSTED: 03/10/2014

Fair Weather Learning and Performance Festival 15 October 2014

Are you open to a diverse night out with music for all tastes, poetry reading, an art exhibition, local musicians, The Under-1-Roof band...and in the process supporting a really worthwhile project? Under-1-Roof's Fair Weather Learning and Performance...
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DATE POSTED: 17/09/2014

Under-1-Roof Open Day 12 September 2014

A successful Open Day at Under-1-Roof with a buffet courtesy of M+A Partners and cake by Mustard Coffee Bar. Our wonderful collectors have new Tabards thanks to Larking Gowen sponsorship. Thanks to everyone who came! Below: Under-1-Roof Centre Coordinator...
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DATE POSTED: 02/09/2014

Fair Weather Learning and Performance Festival

15 October at the Waterfront in King Street, Norwich from 6.30pm to 12 midnight. Designed to showcase the talents of the service users from Under-1-Roof (the Trust's Learning and Development Centre, Norwich). Tickets £5 (or £3 to U1R members/and staff).  For...
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DATE POSTED: 15/08/2014

Home Festival 9 August a cracking success!

A very big thank you to Home Festival organiser Helen Shepherd for organising a great day out Saturday 9 August, Mundford for all who attended - made all the more glorious by perfect weather for a festival organised by Helen in aid of St Martins. From St...
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DATE POSTED: 04/07/2014

Homefestival supports St Martins 9 August 2014, 11am to 11pm

Homefestival supports St Martins 9th August, 2014 11am to 11pm with another 1 day festival launched in aid of the Trust. We look forward to another great success and a big thank you to Homefest for your continued support. A number of local bands and...
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DATE POSTED: 18/06/2014

"Busk Til Dusk" Under-1-Roof staff and volunteers 7 June 2014

The intrepid "Busk Til Dusk" buskers - Under-1-Roof staff and volunteers on London Street amongst other locations on Saturday 7 June 2014, (follow the link below to view their progress), raised £403.34 on the day which will help fund the Fair Weather...
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DATE POSTED: 09/05/2014

"50 Shades of Mustard" finalist and video presentation.

"50 Shades of Mustard" photo competition in partnership with WEA Eastern. Prizes were donated by Mustard Coffee Bar, Julia Holland, and 2MPrint. 1st place: a Julia Holland photography session and 2MPrint a Smiley Hippo Photobook voucher. 2nd place a 2MPrint...
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DATE POSTED: 02/05/2014

Well done Joanna! Thank you for supporting The Trust.

Joanna McAlary ran the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon on 13 April 2014 raising money for St Martins and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  If you would like to help Joanna raise more you can visit her page by following the link below. Well done and...
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DATE POSTED: 23/04/2014

‘Fifty Shades of Mustard’ Photography Competition 2014

Under 1 Roof and Eastern WEA present photographic work which showcases the skills acquired by participants at Under 1 Roof attending a photographic course.  Under-1-Roof and Eastern WEA have been working closely over the past 6 months regarding a number...
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DATE POSTED: 04/04/2014

Running the 2014 marathon for St Martins

Joanna McAlary is raising money for St Martins by taking part in the 2014 Virgin Money Giving Marathon on 13 April. Joanna chose to support St Martins after visiting the Trust as a UEA 1st year Occupational Therapy Student. In Joanna's own words: “I...
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DATE POSTED: 28/03/2014

Sky diving for St Martins

Thank you Charlie for supporting the Trust. Charlie is doing a sponsored sky dive with UK Skydiving Adventure for St Martins Housing trust on 3 May 2014. He needs your support and a minimum of £500 to even do the jump. If you would like to support Charlie,...
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DATE POSTED: 28/03/2014

Trafford Arms makes St Martins its charity of the year 2014

Chris Higgins Former Sheriff of Norwich and Landlord of theTrafford Arms, Grove Road, Norwich has made St Martins its charity of the year.  Thank you Trafford Arms!
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DATE POSTED: 07/01/2014

£24,000 for homeless

A grand total of £24,074 was collected on the streets of Norwich by our fantastic volunteer collectors in the run-in to Christmas. Trustees of St Martins Housing Trust are so grateful to all our donors throughout the county. Thanks also to the All Saints'...
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DATE POSTED: 05/12/2013

Bequest from estate gratefully acknowledged

Trustees gratefully acknowledge a bequest from the estate of Daphne Doreen Bishop (£29,933). If you are considering amendments to your will and are thinking of leaving a bequest to a local charity such as St. Martins please ask us for our special publication:...
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DATE POSTED: 14/11/2013

Learning Employment Accommodation Project (LEAP)

LEAP: The Trust¹s involvement with Norwich City Council on the LEAP (Learning Employment Accommodation Project) initiative continues to contribute to the Trust¹s overall mission.The main objective of LEAP is to empower people who face homelessness to...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

Brief History of the Trust

It was in 1972 that a group of volunteers began to provide services to people sleeping rough on the streets of Norwich. In 1973 St. Martins (St. Martins Housing Trust as it became) opened the doors of the first Norwich Night Shelter – in a garage in...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

St Martins' Rough Sleepers Team (CAPS)

The Contact, Assessment and Prevention (CAPS) team is based at Bishopbridge House from where it has continued its regular street surveys (during the day and at least once a week during the night or early morning) in Norwich to find and assist rough sleepers....
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

Highwater House - Norfolk's only "dual diagnosis" Care Home

Highwater House, the Trust's 22 bed (18 long-term and 4 move-on) registered care home in Westwick Street, adjacent to Under One Roof, caters for people who have experienced homelessness and who have a "dual diagnosis".  In other words people who have...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

Carrow Hill Home

Carrow Hill Home, the Trust's other (and oldest) residential project, continues to provide a settled home for 16 single homeless people who need continuing care and support.  There is a 6-bed unit within the Home specifically for people – from throughout...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

Bishopbridge House Annual Report 2012/13

Bishopbridge House, the Trust's 30-bed direct access hostel for rough sleepers and homeless people is always full; in other words there are no void bed nights. The building, owned by Broadland Housing Association and opened in 2002, continues to perform...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

The Trust's "Group Homes"

The Trust's 13 Group Homes provide 47 beds generally used as "move-on" beds from Bishopbridge House. Eleven of these houses are leased from Norwich City Council; one is leased from Broadland Housing Association; and one is owned by the Trust. The implementation...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

Temporary Accommodation - another joint project with Norwich City Council

The Trust continues to manage an additional 3 Temporary Accommodation houses (15 beds) in partnership with Norwich City Council. These bedspaces offer the Housing Options team in Norwich City Council an alternative to bed and breakfast for people who...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

The "Intensive Settlement" Project

The Intensive Settlement Project (formally known as the Bracondale Project) is a team of two full-time workers dedicated to meeting the needs of service users with complex needs generally living a chaotic lifestyle.  They work in partnership with the...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

The Magdalen Road project

Magdalen Road:  during the period under review the Trust acquired the lease of three adjacent terraced properties that had been formerly leased by Norwich City Council to Norfolk County Council and used as a registered care home for learning disability....
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

Make A House a Home - Government's Community Grants Empty Homes programme

Finally, the Community Services team embarked on a new project in 2012/13 – funded by the Government’s Empty Homes Community Grants programme.  We have called the project Making a House a Home.  It is a partnership project between the Trust, Norwich...
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DATE POSTED: 14/08/2013

Under One Roof - our informal learning centre

Under One Roof: Under One Roof started operations in January 2010. The period under review therefore covers the third year of the life of this centre for informal education and personal development for all our service users. Facilities include a teaching/meeting...
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DATE POSTED: 13/08/2013

Homefest in Mundford raises £2,000 for St Martins

Thetford mum Helen Shepherd decided to organise a music festival (as you do!) to support St Martins. Homefest at Mundford near Thetford, Norfolk on Saturday 17 August showcased local bands and was a stunning success. After encountering and engaging with...
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DATE POSTED: 13/08/2013

Bishopbridge House Open Event - 6 Sept 2013 a great success

Bishopbridge House held an open event on Friday 6th September 2013 for neighbours, local businesses and supporting agencies in and around Norwich. The event was a great success seeing visitors from Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk County Council, Green Party...
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DATE POSTED: 19/07/2013

Summer Fayre raised £243

The summer fayre at Carrow Hill Home on 3 August raised £243.90. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed on the day!
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DATE POSTED: 12/07/2013

Fair Weather Festival - a great success!

On Saturday 13 July the Music and Art Festival presented by Under-1-Roof at St Stephens Church, Rampant Horse Street, Norwich was a great success! Our musicians Annie, Paddy and Jane and our music group all sounded wonderful!  The guy who brought the...
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DATE POSTED: 11/07/2013

£657 raised at Summer Fete

Highwater House Summer Fete on 8th June 2013 raised £657.   Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the day.
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DATE POSTED: 11/07/2013

£90 raised at BIG SUMMER SALE

The Big Summer Sale at Under-1-Roof on 17 June 2013 raised £90.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to its success.
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DATE POSTED: 11/07/2013

Sponsors donate £4,400

Sponsors donate £4,400 following Norfolk man's trekking adventure in Nepal. Long time supporter of St Martins, David Hannah presents his sponsors donations to Fiona Joyce Under-1-Roof Co-ordinator, at an event held at Old Buckingham Village Hall on...
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DATE POSTED: 11/06/2013

"Short Circuit" A video journey

The idea to make a short film showing a journey from homeless to home came from my experience of working for St. Martins over a period of years and seeing people get the help they needed from the services within the organization. I also thought it would...
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DATE POSTED: 28/11/2012

Empty Homes

EMPTY HOMES The Empty Homes charity estimate there are 920,000 empty homes across the UK (November 2012), 330,000 of which are long-term empty. If just a small proportion of these properties could be used for applicants from local social housing waiting...
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DATE POSTED: 17/04/2012

Rough Sleeping in Norwich: The Facts

The report of the Trust’s “Contact, Assessment and Prevention Service” (locally known as the CAPS team) has been published. It covers the 12 month period to 31 March 2012. The CAPS team comprised 3.5 caseworkers during the period under review....
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