Imagine If Trust

PARTNER

GP Bed Spaces
7

RESIDENTS 2020

Volunteering
Moved on into
independent living
70
%
40
%
“ Genesis Housing aims to support people towards independence. We aim to be a place of change where tenants feel they are safe and supported.”
Stephen Robertson, Men’s Housing Manager

Overview

Imagine If Trust is a Liverpool based charity, working to bring about transformation through a range of community projects. Our aims are to relieve poverty, promote education and strengthen families. Genesis Housing works to house people from all across Liverpool with various housing needs. We work on a referral basis, having the majority of our clients sent to us through various agencies in the city working with homelessness. We provide the tenants with long term support, including one on one mentoring, personal skills development, employability workshops and volunteering opportunities. Our aim is to enable people to reach their full potential and work with them to avoid homelessness, secure stable accommodation and employment, education or training. We run a 8 hour plus scheme to encourage tenants to engage in a minimum or 8 hours a week of positive activity. This looks different for each individual tenant and can be a variety of meetings, volunteering, training etc..

Achievements to date

We have housed 49 tenants to date from various backgrounds with various needs, with over 70% engaging in our engagement scheme. A large percentage of whom were able to move on from homelessness and isolation into their preferred accommodation.

Why We Do this

The charity was founded in 2012, bringing a number of well recognised community projects under one banner. The strength of this approach is in the ability to meet an individual's multiple needs without the risk of a breakdown in the referral process. Since then we have grown to incorporate new initiatives in a desire to support people to live their lives to the full both in Liverpool and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Genesis Housing is the name of our supported housing project and works to house people from all across Liverpool with various housing needs. We work on a referral basis, having the majority of our clients sent to us through various agencies in the city working with homelessness. We provide the tenants with long term support, including one on one mentoring, personal skills development, employability workshops and volunteering opportunities. We offer shared accommodation in a three bed female house in L15 (Sozo House) and a four bed male house in L8 (Barrow House). Our properties are ideal for clients who have been in hostels for a while and looking to move on to more independent living.

Future plans

As we move forward we are looking at the needs of Liverpool as a City and hope to grow. We aim to provide a place of change in Liverpool for people stuck in the cycles of homelessness and addiction, to help them move on in their lives into independence.

green pastures review

Imagine If is charity that has its roots in Frontline Church, Wavertree, Liverpool and through a range of different projects aims to relieve poverty, promote education and strengthen families, across Liverpool and in doing so transform communities. Imagine If came into being in 2012 when different established community-based projects were brought under one umbrella. Genesis Housing is an Imagine If project that is partnered with Green Pastures, which provides supported housing for homeless people through two shared houses. It is amazing and very encouraging to see how well established and respected Genesis Housing has become across the City by the local authority and a whole range of other agencies. This is in no small part to the enthusiasm and dedicated hard work of Jenny Gibson and Stephen Robertson, under the leadership and guidance od James Sloan. It is evident when you meet Jenny and Stephen that are truly working out their Christian faith in a very practical way in housing and supporting vulnerable people.

contact

Stephen Robertson

T:

0151 733 3373

A:

147 Lawrence Road, Liverpool, L15 3HA

location

GP BEDS

7

other beds

3

partnership est.

Oct 2014

CHURCHES INVOLVED

1