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 office@restoreyork.co.uk

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 office@restoreyork.co.uk 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.

Second House Now Open

Giving HopeTwo people are moving in to their own homes in the Clifton area of York today. They are the first of five who will become our tenants over the next few days and weeks. It’s one of the most satisfying times in the work of Restore, when we open the door and give someone the key. They are usually people who had no idea where they were going to live until we stepped in.

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Use Your Skills

Volunteers We have two houses to prepare in a very short time. We need people to carry out practical jobs. Decorating, furniture moving, cleaning, gardening, DIY skills – there are plenty of jobs to do.
We also need to increase the size of the team of volunteers who support and befriend tenants after they have moved in. We offer training if you would like to help us with this important job.
Please get in touch with your offers of help and time and we’ll find you something to do.

All together for a Bonfire Party

People at the bonfire party

End of party group photo

A bonfire party at the first Restore house was a great success. Tenants, volunteers, friends and directors enjoyed an evening of typical bonfire food and fireworks. Everyone joined in to get the food ready. Some brought toffee apples and cakes, sausages and onions were fried, potatoes baked and a delicious home made punch was served.

We may have disturbed a few sleeping children and pets as our firework display exploded in the skies above the garden, but it was only short.

Lots of chat, laughter and warmth marked the evening, the first social event in the Restore calendar since the house was fully occupied.

A big thank you to Ed for initiating the idea and to everyone else for playing their part.

Prayer Points Nov 2011

Please pray with us for:-

  • The four tenants in the first house
  • Wisdom for the directors about how to purchase the next house
  • Ed Hambleton as he settles into his new job as Housing Support and Development Officer
  • People waiting for a place in our next home
  • The volunteers as they make friends with the tenants
  • Opportunities for Restore to speak at churches and groups in York
  • Applications to funding organisations to be successful