We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our Customer Christmas party this year. Some wonderful staff from HandsonLondon and ArcelorMittal volunteered at the event, and with 120 of our customers attending, they were kept very busy serving drinks, food and washing up. Alistair Lambert from Creative Cricklewood very kindly ran a fabulous workshop for making Christmas decorations. Everyone really got into the spirit of the event and contributed to a fabulous atmosphere. Our catering team provided a fantastic array of food and treats. Customers each received a present thanks to the generosity of local people including John Lewis Brent Cross and Carlow Association London. St Agnes RC Primary School brought presents and treated us by singing carols. This was followed by a musical interlude by CHC’s own singers and musicians. It was a brilliant event, and we are very grateful to everyone who was involved and made it such a success.
CHC customers benefited from their experience with one-to-one interview coaching and C.V. workshops.
The current group of customers come from a variety of places including England, Poland, Germany, Iraq and Kuwait. Seven of the 11 are new to the streets. In the coming weeks CHC will be working with customers to ensure that they have a comprehensive support plan and leave the shelter with the skills required to sustain long term accommodation, obtain gainful employment and address underlying issues, meaning that they never have to return to this situation again.
As always the successes to date are down to a brilliant band of volunteers across all venues, staff at CHC and of course Brent Council and other funders who make the project possible. It has never been more crucial that all of us work together in an integrated way to both respond to and prevent further homelessness in our borough. Route 18 are still looking for one more venue which would allow them to operate two venues per night, at present it is one per night. With two venues per night more people can be supported and off the streets.
For further information on the Route 18 project or if you are interested in supporting the project, please see route18.org.uk
Work Shadowing at BIS
22nd November 2012
CHC Capacity Building Director Carmen Llorente was working at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) on 22nd November 2012. This was part of the ‘a day in the life’ shadowing scheme organised by NCVO. The purpose of the scheme is to foster better working relationships between public and voluntary sector organisations.
Carmen says of her experience:
“ I shadowed Robert Sejjengo a Civil Servant at BIS within the Legal Team where he work on the Criminal Enforcement Unit. He is responsible –among other things – to collect evidence, handle witnesses and prepare the case for trial in the Crown court (if applicable for those firms/companies who have been reported/found to commit fraud or illegal business activities.
While at BIS I met with different senior officers of the Legal Team who presented, explained and discuss with me the different areas of work of the Legal Services. For example did you know that in 2011/12 the UK lost £73 billion in Fraud? In addition to the legal team I was given an opportunity to talk to Trade and Investment who just have a workforce of over 2000, the majority of which work abroad. They have large targets to meet, for example they have to help 32,000 UK companies find markets so they can make exports to other countries and bring 750 foreign companies to invest in the UK. These figures are only for this year, next year targets are much higher. I also met someone responsible for Social Enterprise Development when I had a nice chat about the future of Social Enterprise, something CHC is involved in fostering. I was glad to hear the government and BIS commitment to strengthen SE.
I would like to thanks all staff at BIS who I met and made my experience an interesting. In particular I would like to thank Ash Rashid, Chief Law Clerk; John Coan. Deputy Head of Training, People and Legal Profession; Ann Hughes Head, Online Communications Team from UK Trade and Investment; Mike Talbot, Prosecution Lawyer from Prosecutions/Enforcement; Saeed Khan Senior Policy Adviser, BE Infrastructure: BE Wider Business Environment & Social Enterprise. My special thanks to Robert Sejjengo for organising the day and for giving me such a wonderful welcome”
“A Servant and Two Masters”
Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th November
Well, we didn’t go to the west end, we went to the fantastic Dollis Hill Players production of “A Servant and Two Masters”. Performed from Thursday 15th November until Saturday 17th November, the play was held in Our Lady of Grace Junior School, Dollis Hill Lane. All profits from the performances were donated to CHC. A phenomenal amount of work went into the play from actors and behind the scenes. A huge CHC ‘Thank You’ to all those involved.
Missed it? Click HERE to see a YouTube clip of the final scene.
Many Thanks to all those who told us what you think about the possibility of CHC rebranding. The results are in and are currently being analysed. We’ll post the results once they’ve been collated.
Sunday 18th November 2012 – Mitzvah Day
Mitzvah Day UK is a registered Charity based on the Jewish Values of ‘repairing the world’, ‘righteousness’ and ‘acts of loving kindness’. ‘Mitzvah’ is Hebrew for ‘Good Deed’, and this annual Jewish day of social action is an international event. The purpose is to encourage everyone to do a practical good deed and build stronger communities.
We’re pleased to say that for the past few years CHC has been the recipient of ‘Mitzvah Day’ activities. This year the Met Group and Solicitors Manuel Swaden gave up their lunch. Yeshurun Synagogue in Edgware cooked Shepherd’s pie for lunch for Customers. Members of Golders Green Synagogue and Shomrei Hadath Synagogue spent the day collecting food for us. Click HERE to see further press coverage on Golders Green Synagogue’s Mitzvah Day activities and HERE to see pictures of their activities on their website.
The food we receive from events such as Mitzvah Day goes towards providing lunch for those who are accessing our support services, as well as providing take-away parcels for those on low income. It makes a real difference to the lives of our customers and we are very grateful to all those who took part in the event this year.
Weekly News from CHC – Week Ending 16.11.2012
27th September 2012 – CHC JobFair
Highlights of the day:
240 jobseekers attended (up 27% on last year)
Employers who attended; Asda, Avon, Barclays, Beacon Bingo, Denne, Durkan, Fenwicks, John Lewis, McDonalds, Marriott, Metropolitan Police Service, Travelodge
Notting Hill Housing attended with details of training for those interested in working in Construction.
BACP were on hand to provide information on volunteering opportunities.
Volunteers from Hands on London provided CV workshops and supported customers who wanted to make their CV stand out.
15th September 2012 – Cricklewood Silk Road Festival
Cricklewood’s first festival took place on 15th September 2012. The Broadway was busy with stalls and entertainment. Beacon Bingo was turned into ‘Casbah Corner’, Oaklands Road was ‘Not Hollywood’, The Crown became ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ and B&Q was turned into ‘Green Isle’. Stalls from local businesses and community organisations were at each site, along with performers.
The Festival was possible thanks to funding obtained by Cricklewood Improvement Programme (CIP) from the Outer London Fund. CIP is a CHC led project with the aim of bringing the three borough councils who serve Cricklewood together with local businesses, residents, police and other interests in order to co-ordinate efforts for improvement.
If you have any feedback on the festival or are interested in finding out more about CIP please email or see the CIP facebook page
1st September 2012 – Cricklewood Wanderers Tournament
Saturday 1st September saw the 2nd Annual Cricklewood Wanderers Tournament. This CHC Team, part of our Youth Engagement Project, hosted the tournament at Powerleague in Wembley. 20 teams teams turned out to play and it was a fantastic day. The football was fast and furious, with winners ‘Northern Stage’ taking the cup in a thrilling final. The Youth Team wish to express their thanks to all who took part and supported the Tournament.
July 2012 – Get ready to Zumba!
Donna Sheehan and her fantastic Zumba Class raised £320 for the CHC Irish Elders Group. Assertive Irish Outreach Worker Olive Melvin, along with some of her group, gratefully accepted the cheque from Donna on 20th July.
July 2012 – Ethio-Italy Tournament
A team of 12 CHC football players, along with our football Coach Murad and our Youth Inclusion Worker Daniel, took to the skies (again!) this month. The team were participating in the 10th Annual Ethiopian Sport and Culture Festival from 25th-28th July, which this year was hosted by Ethio-Italy in Rome.
There were teams from Germany, Sweden, Italy, Malta, Norway, France, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and of course England.Our players come back triumphant after winning the Ethio-European Cup. In addition individual awards were received by our team for: The Best Player, Best Goalkeeper, Best Coach and Best Team of the Tournament. Well Done to all!