Routes to Roots

PARTNER

GP Bed Spaces
3

RESIDENTS 2020

Volunteering
Moved on into
independent living
33
%
100
%
"They helped me get housing through Poole Council. Then I was in hospital and they came to see me. Which was amazing. I know they are always there, even if I don’t need them at the moment. They are just magnificent people.”
Philip, Former Amos House Resident

Overview

Routes to Roots is founded on Christian principles and seeks to help all the homeless, newly homed and vulnerable housed adults in Poole regardless of their faith. We provide basic necessities, such as hot food, clothing and sleeping bags. Thanks to the support of Green Pastures, Routes to Roots has been able to offer supported accommodation to three of Poole’s rough sleepers since December 2015. Green Pastures bought a maisonette for the charity, which then undertook repairs and refurbishment to bring the property up to the standards of a HMO.

Achieved to date

In 2019 we entered the fourth year of this project. BCP Council granted gold status for housing to our tenants, which is the highest priority rating. Following this, the original three tenants moved out into independent accommodation in August, September and December 2018. Their replacements, rough sleepers, have moved in and one has been able to take on full time employment. We have established a six-month tenancy limit and Poole Council Housing team will work with all future tenants to enable them to move on in a timely manner.

Why we do this

The three clients each have their own bedroom and share bathroom, kitchen and living space. R2R works closely to support them as they take this first step back into society. R2R is conscious that, in order to maintain their accommodation once housed, many people require significant support if they are not to fall back into homelessness because they are unable to cope alone with paying their rent and bills, making benefits claims and job applications or are still struggling with alcohol or drug addictions.

Future Plans

We are grateful to the Council staff for all their support and look forward to continued progress with getting further rough sleepers into Amos House and then on to their own homes.

green pastures review

Routes to Roots really is Christian action on homelessness in Poole and we love the very full weekly timetable providing such a variety of support from basic necessities to deeper needs. Pat is a legend in Poole and it is brilliant that she is so well connected with other homeless services. Elaine and Helen do a fantastic job assisting Pat with much of the operational responsibility. We really like their commitment to long-term outcomes for their clients through participation in motivational and well-being projects which boost self-confidence and self-worth, expand and develop skills, promote a sense of belonging and encourage integration into the local community. Since November 2015 we have been proud to provided supported accommodation for three of Routes to Roots rough sleeper clients, prior to their moving into independent housing

contact

Elaine Mellers

T:

01202 667880

A:

Skinner Street URC, 5 Skinner Street, BH15 1RQ

location

GP BEDS

3

other beds

0

partnership est.

Nov 2014

CHURCHES INVOLVED

30