Entries by Jamie Leeming

‘Wet House’ Idea To Be Tried In Australia

A programme involving dispensing alcohol, just like medication, may be an answer to problems associated with homeless people battling chronic drink problems, say researchers. A new report, Feasibility of a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) for Sydney’s homeless, has been prepared by St Vincent’s Hospital and funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. Unlike […]

Excel Open New Services For Veterans

  In a timely nod to the sacrifices made by our armed forces on Remembrance Day, Excel Housing Solutions have opened new facilities to provide supported accommodation for some of Liverpool’s ex-services personnel. Jenny Barnes, from Excel, said: “We have recently opened two services for veterans with support needs. All the properties are shared and […]

A Not So Merry Xmas On The Cards For The UK’s Homeless Families

More than 100,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas morning, according to a new report. The number of children being forced to live in temporary housing is at the highest level since 2008, with the numbers rocketing by 15,000 in the past year. The report, from the housing charity Shelter, warns that the equivalent […]

Amsterdam street drinkers paid in beer to collect litter

Free beer is the order of the day at the Rainbow Group in Amsterdam, but you have to clear the streets of rubbish to qualify. Around 20 street-drinkers have joined the project. They start at 09.00, have regular breaks for beer, cigarettes and a hot lunch – all provided free of charge – and finish […]

Venus Makers Keep On Making

Venus are renowned for the diverse range of activities and sessions that happen at Our Place, that anyone in the community can get involved with. One such activity is our Makers Project. The Makers Project started off with a funded tutor a year ago, with the aim of supporting people to participate and develop cottage-industry skills […]

A Lifesaver Comes To Sefton

The lifesaving drug Naloxone could soon be more readily available to residents of supported housing services in Sefton. A recent change in the law means that Naloxone, an antidote to heroin overdose, could soon be in every hostel in the Borough. Under previous legislation, only a hostel’s doctor or residents’ GPs could prescribe Naloxone to […]

Homeless street-drinkers brew their own beer

An innovative project in Vancouver, Canada, has come up with a novel way to help street drinkers refrain from drinking harmful products like mouthwash and hand sanitiser – they teach clients how to brew their own beer and wine. Launched last year, the alcohol cooperative scheme supplies members with five liters of home-brewed beer or […]

New Start Take Gold!

New Start has been awarded the Investors in People Gold Standard award, joining the top 7% of accredited organisations across the UK who believe in realising the potential of their people. Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, […]

Venus Gives Volunteers The Training They Need

Venus is delighted to announce the start of their 6-week volunteer training course. Clare, who ran the first week’s training, gave us the low down on what happened on the first week and how you can get involved if you’re interested. “This week myself and Kati delivered the first session of the Volunteer Training. The […]

Bosco House AGM told: The Real Work Starts Now!

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of The Bosco Society was held on Friday the 17th of July in the Futures Suite at Bosco House. Over 30 people attended, including: staff and residents, committee members and representatives from other organisations. The Chairman, Alan Matthews, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and introducing Danny and ‘Recovery Inc.’ […]