The Great Restore Cake and Book Sale

St Crux Church HallAre you free on Tuesday 28th April at any time between 9am and 3:30pm? Would you consider coming into the centre of town to help at our fundraising café and bric-a-brac sale? We will be setting up from 9am at the little church at the end of the Shambles, St Crux. Any time that you could give – making refreshments, serving customers or selling bric-a-brac we would be very grateful indeed.

Equally if you are unable to make it on the day, but could bake buns, cakes and other Mary Berry style delicacies, that would be an enormous help.

All the proceeds go to Restore York to directly support our tenants as they work through all the issues that prevent them having life in all its fullness.

To offer help email: or visit our Facebook page and leave a message

Volunteers needed for Bag Pack

bagpackCan you spare an hour on Sunday the 28th of September?
If so, come on down to Sainsburys to help Amanda pack some bags and raise some money for Restore!
Amanda will be at Foss Bank Sainsburys from 12 noon, packing bags, raising money and chatting to shoppers about Restore.  Everyone is welcome; the more volunteers we have the more money we can raise!
If you are interested, please get in touch with Amanda via email;
We hope to see you there!

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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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?

Event Organiser/Fundraiser wanted

We need someone with experience of organising events and raising funds to help us meet our ambitious targets for opening new houses. Are you that person?


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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

House Number Four

Our next house is likely to be one that we term ‘unsupported’. It will be for people who are ready to move on from supported living to the next stage in their lives – possibly looking for work and ready to face the challenges of more responsibility. This another new phase in our work. Please pray for those who will move in that the new demands they face will show that they are able to take this step.
There is some renovation work to do on the house to prepare it for new tenants – so if you’re one of our regular DIY or cleaning volunteers expect an email or a call soon. If you haven’t pitched in to help before this could be your chance to support the work of Restore in a practical way.

House Number Three

Map of Acomb

Our team has started work preparing our third house to be ready for four people who will soon move in to their own home. This one is in Acomb and it arrives hard on the heels of the second in Clifton.

Volunteers are working with our project manager, Wayne. They are decorating, gardening and cleaning while the professionals are fitting fire doors, updating the electrics, fitting carpets and making the boundaries secure. If you can offer to help it’s all hands on deck for a few weeks and you would be very welcome.

Meanwhile, Ed and other members of the team are interviewing people to choose the right men to live there. These are both exciting and demanding times. There’s a challenge around every corner but we can see God at work as we sustain the work of Restore through prayer. You can help us with this too.