Restore receives gift from York Landlords

Niall McTurk (YRLA) presents a cheque to Barrie Stephenson, Chairman, Restore

Niall McTurk (YRLA) presents a cheque to Barrie Stephenson, Chairman, Restore

Restore, has been given a boost in its funds with a donation of £3,000 from York Residential Landlords Association. It came at the right time to meet the cost of modifying and equipping the charity’s 7th house which has just opened to tenants in the Foxwood area of the city.

Restore depends on the generous giving of its supporters to supplement rental income to meet the cost of running its services. [Read more...]

2013 – An Amazing Year

Christmas 2013

Thank you for your continued interest and support for Restore during 2013. It has been a year of amazing growth demonstrating God's faithfulness in the work he has asked to do to help homeless people in York. Read our latest newsletter here

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Sponsor Nev – running the Yorkshire Marathon for Restore

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One of the supporters of Restore, Nev Ward, is raising money by running the Yorkshire Marathon this Sunday. He’s set up a sponsorship page so it’s dead easy to make your donation.

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We’re leasing properties in York

Attention Landlords.

We are interested in leasing properties on long (6 yr min) leases to provide shelter and security for people who would otherwise be homeless.

We have a good track record of managing and maintaining properties in this sector and supporting tenants who need some extra help to get back on their feet. We aim to offer short term tenancies to people many landlords find too challenging and risky to accommodate. We are particularly interested in small HMOs but will consider obtaining permission to convert an existing family house.

If you have a vacant property that we could lease please get in touch with Barrie Stephenson, Chairman, Restore (York) Ltd 
Tel: 07885297669 Email:

Restore (York) Ltd. Company Number: 07456780 Charity Number: 1143678

Hit the road running – Update

2007-02-19-08.38.23-290x160Sheila successfully completed the half marathon – and she was back at work in York this morning. This what she had to say.

’13.1 miles and 2 hours, 3 minutes and 50 seconds later, I completed my first ever half marathon! It was tough at points but very enjoyable and a great feeling afterwards! Thank you so much to all who’ve supported me – it spurred me on at mile 9 when I was struggling!’

The latest total on Sheila’s Charitygiving page is more than £880 – and if you still haven’t got round to sponsoring her it not too late. Just click the link above.
A huge thank you to Sheila – what a way to start a new job – and thank you to all of her supporters. Your donations to help homeless people in York are really appreciated.
Our new staff member, Sheila Gregson, hits the road running in the Half Marathon of the North in Sunderland to raise money for Restore. When I asked her if she’d run a half marathon before she said “No”, but she’s been training hard and all set to go on Sunday 28th April. It’s easy to support her. Click here to put a spring in her strides.

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No Second Night Out launches in York

people launching No Second Night Out in York

Helen Loosemore, Becky Ward, Dr John Sentamu, Dave Knowles

A new scheme to help rough sleepers find a bed has been launched in York. Agencies involved in No Second Night Out are pooling their resources to identify all the bed spaces available to rough sleepers. It makes the most out of existing provision by clearing the information through one point of access.

No Second Night Out (NSNO) is linked to Streetlink and a single reporting line – 0300 500 0914 – for the whole country. Anyone from York calling the number will be diverted through to local project workers. Members of the public are also encouraged to use the number to report the whereabouts of people they see who are  sleeping rough. Reports can also be made through the website and a smartphone app. Outreach workers will then seek them out to offer assistance. The service is primarily to help people who are new to the streets. It is inevitable that there are entrenched rough sleepers who are already known to homeless and  resettlement services that will more difficult to place.

Anyone reporting a rough sleeper will be offered an update a few days later to let them know how the situation was resolved.

The new service was launched by The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, at the Salvation Army in York on Monday 7th January 2013. The invited guests were given an overview of the scheme by Helen Loosemore of Homeless Link and Becky Ward of City of York Council Homeless Services. The Archbishop, who was the sponsor of the York Fairness Commission, spoke of the need for justice for the most vulnerable people in our society. He observed that NSNO was based on people making connections. He concluded by asking all present to link hands to demonstrate the need for good connections to meet the needs of rough sleepers in the city.

Earlier Becky Ward, the author of York’s Homelessness Strategy, said that NSNO was step to ending rough sleeping in York, although due to recent spending restrictions the small number of known rough sleepers in the city had risen since 2010.

Now that the service has launched Restore will be looking at ways of engaging faith communities in York in the scheme.

York Landlords help Restore

YRLA logoThe cost of bringing a new property into use to provide for homes for homeless people has been met by a generous two thousand pound (£2,000) donation from York Residential Landlords Association.

In addition some of its members have offered services to the Charity that might otherwise have been expensive to obtain.

The gift came after Restore was invited to a meeting of landlords to explain our work with people who are homeless or in danger of being so. We explained that Restore currently provides supported housing in four properties in York for 16 people and employs a Development and Support Officer and a team of volunteers who look after the needs of both tenants and properties.

Restore (York) Ltd was formed as an incorporated Charity in December 2010 and opened it’s first house for four men in July 2011. The charity came into being through the vision and work of a small group of Christians in a number of churches in York. It depends heavily on the charitable giving of individuals, churches and organisations. Their generosity enables Restore to make plans to expand it’s service to meet the needs of homeless people from York.

Whilst York has good processes in place to deal with homelessness latest figures show that about 60 people are in temporary hostels at any one time. These are the kind of people for whom Restore seeks to provide a more permanent home. Restore also provides the support they need to maintain their tenancies and help them deal with the issues that may have caused them to be homeless in the first place.

Barrie Stephenson, the chairman of Restore York Ltd, said, “This open hearted gesture from the members of York Residential Landlords Association is very reassuring. They understand the challenges of providing rented accommodation but recognise that within the framework of their businesses they are unable to provide the support some people need to maintain their tenancies. Their recognition of the work Restore is doing in the city has provided us with some vital funds and access to expertise that will allow us to expand our provision. We are very grateful and look forward to the support of YRLA in the future.”

(This entry is based on a Press Release sent to local media)

Training for Volunteers

Restore LogoWe are very excited about our volunteer training course to be held in November. If you have thought about helping the people who live in Restore properties then this course is for you. There is no obligation. Come along to the training and see if you want to carry on to serve as a volunteer. The course is essential if you want to be a Restore volunteer in whatever capacity.

We have a number of jobs to be filled by volunteers. Befriending, mentoring, property repairs, administration and fundraising.

The training will start with an overview of the charity and move on to include confidentiality, issues you may face, boundaries and other supporting services in the city.

The dates for the course are Tuesdays Nov 13th and 20th. You need to attend both evenings. The training starts at 7pm in the Clementhorpe Room, The Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York

If you would like to enrol for the course or for more information please send us your details by emailing

More information about volunteering

Wanted – Admin Volunteer

Restore is looking for a volunteer to help with admin. There is a pile of paperwork and record keeping associated with each tenant – all of it essential for the smooth running of our support and required for good practice. If you are someone with a few hours to spare to work alongside Ed Hambleton, our Housing Development and Support Officer, and you enjoy keeping things in order, this could be for you.

Hours are flexible to suit your availability and may require some contact with tenants and statutory organisations e.g. Benefits Agency, Housing Benefit, landlords and referring organisations.

If you are interested please contact Ed Hambleton or Barrie Stephenson on 0843 289 7927, email or complete and return our Volunteer Registration form

Annual Report and Accounts 2011

Annual ReportThe Annual Report and Accounts have been inspected and approved. This is the main summary:-

Achievements and Performance

During our first thirteen months of operation, our vision of providing homes for those who would otherwise be homeless or at risk thereof has been turned into a reality. Our initial four tenants have been living in our first property for a number of months now. It is not a temporary shelter or short-term accommodation. It is their home. The charity has, we believe, built a platform for significant growth in the future. As noted above, we have built relationships with other key providers of services to homeless people. We are now a part of the City of York Council’s [Housing Options and Homelessness Strategy]. Through this network we will be able to identify and help more people in need of the services we offer. We have also built a network of supporters, donors and volunteers from across York and beyond. Together we believe we can make a difference to the lives of many individuals and families in our city. More