Annual Report 2012 Published

Our Annual Report 2012 has just been published after being independently examined by our accountants and accepted by both Companies House and the Charity Commission.

Here are some extracts from the report.

Giving hope
Restore isn’t just about putting a roof over someone’s head. The hard work starts in the days and
weeks after someone has moved into their new home. We strive to provide an environment which
helps people make positive changes to their lives and the support to help those changes last.
Sometimes this is a slow process and requires great patience, but it is always encouraging to see
people beginning to enjoy a brighter future.

“I have seen W and M recently. They are both transformed
beyond what I thought possible. Thank you so much for
giving them the chance at turning things around.”

Someone who referred two homeless people into our service

New horizons
Each of our first four properties accommodated single men in houses of multiple-occupancy. There continues to be a significant need in this area but if we are to achieve our long-term goal of
eradicating homelessness in York, we realise that the charity must broaden its horizons and
provide accommodation for other demographics too. We are therefore delighted to say that the fifth
property that we added early in 2013 will accommodate women for the first time.

We plan to add two further houses in 2013. One of them will be allocated to a project that houses
and supports people who have recently been released from custody. This house will be supported
in partnership with Foundation UK via their ‘Through the Gate’ project. The final house this year will
probably be another shared house for men.

In 2014 we aim to add a further two or three houses, including a further shared house for women
and hopefully, for the first time, a family home.

We also are beginning to investigate the possibility of providing supported living for young people
in the 16-25 age range.

Read the full report here

Restore or Fold? by Barrie Stephenson

In the early days of setting up Restore I created a digital story about one day in my life on the project. Digital Storytelling is my other arm – it’s what I do for a living – training people in how to tell their own stories in digistories workshops. This digital story is called Restore of Fold?

Now WATCH the story of Restore

Green Pastures has made a video about us. You can watch it here

Restore York from Green Pastures on Vimeo.

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


Happy Birthday Restore (York) Ltd

1One year old: The Company was born a year ago at the start of December 2010. Things have made good progress since then. We are now also a registered charity. We have shared office space in St Cuthberts on Peasholme Green, thanks to St Michael le Belfrey and YoYo; somewhere for our support worker to operate. We have built good relationships with other agencies in the city and are about to become part of the City of York’s Resettlement programme. As we enter our second year we anticipate our second house will be available in January – providing homes for four more people.

Restore’s first staff member

We’re delighted that Restore is now employing Ed Hambleton as our first member of staff. He started work in the part time post of Housing Support and Development Officer at the beginning of October. As we add more houses so his hours will increase. This is what Ed says about himself: [Read more…]

Who else is involved?

YOU! We have been encouraged by the enthusiasm that is being shown during this time of preparation. This has confirmed to us that God’s hand is on Restore and our future work together.

We are working in partnership with Green Pastures, a successful Christian charity, which goes before us with a wealth of knowledge and experience of providing housing and support to those in need. It is through this partnership that we hope to buy our first property in the early months of 2011.

The costs of purchasing the houses will be met by Green Pastures. However, we need to raise additional funds to pay for other costs involved with this ministry. Find out more information about how you can be involved.

Background Story

Restore began when some Christians in York
responded to the needs of broken people in the

“The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me to preach
good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind
up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom
for the captives and release from darkness for
the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the
Lord’s favour”. Isaiah 61:1-2.

There is no better time for this message than
at Christmas. God spoke through the prophet
Isaiah many centuries ago that he would send
Jesus so that those walking in darkness would
see a great light. We are excited that two
millennia after the first Christmas we can bring
the same message of hope to people in York.

The name “Restore” was inspired by Isaiah 58
where God calls on His people to demonstrate
true religion in their actions.