Dear Supporters of Haven First,
We are delighted to announce some exciting developments at Haven First:
In order for us to continue to develop our crucial services for local homeless people we have decided to join forces with One YMCA whom we have had a successful longstanding partnership with.
The two charities plan to merge on 1st April 2023, so that we will be able to accommodate and support more than 800 homeless people each and every night, making a huge positive impact on our local communities!
To help with a smooth transition to this major change, Haven First will be joining the One YMCA Group structure as a subsidiary charity on 1st August this year and continuing to deliver all its services as usual.
The brand of Haven First and its supported housing schemes will remain in place and you should not notice any major changes to the service and support you experience.
The vision for joining forces with a larger partner is to create new opportunities in the future that build on our desire to help every single homeless person who turns to us.
Thank you for your continued support.
After expressing an interest in doing some fundraising for Haven First at a resident meeting, the residents have worked together with staff, deciding to do a sponsored 10k walk from our current Stevenage site to the site of our new Letchworth site on September 4th at 10am!
The residents have set themselves a fundraising target of £1000 so any contribution will be appreciated. You can donate here: https://bit.ly/3gJxr8r
We’re sure you will agree that this is an incredibly generous effort from our residents who have already been through so much to get here and we hope they will serve as an inspiration to all.
Following the COVID-19 restrictions being lifted on Monday 19th July we wanted to update our supporters about how this effects our projects, staff, volunteers, visitors and residents.
As we have throughout the pandemic, we will be continuing to adhere to Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 including, frequent sanitation, rigorous cleaning, regular testing, self-isolation if appropriate and mask usage where preferred.
We are in a fortunate position in all our projects to be able to provide communal and sufficient social spaces for everyone to ensure a safe environment. We will always ensure that everyone's concerns and preferences are considered so continued conversations will be taking place amongst residents, staff and management to ensure everyone is comfortable with how we run our projects and that we are doing everything we can to safeguard everyone involved. Like everyone we want to get back to some form of 'normality' but understand that we all still need to remain vigilant.
If you have any questions about how we will be returning to normal or about how we are adapting our practices, please don't hesitate to get in touch via email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support.
Haven First Management
Following the Government announcement on Monday evening regarding the national COVID-19 lockdown we would like to update and reassure all of our supporters about how it will affect our projects in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire.
For our frontline staff, we will be reinstating a condensed staff rota to reduce the cross contamination risk between workers, and we will once again be suspending volunteer hours. We are incredibly grateful to all of our staff, volunteers and the security firm that work with us, who have worked tirelessly to ensure as much consistency as possible for our residents and in turn ensuring the smooth running of our projects.
For our residents, we will be reinforcing the Government’s guidelines surrounding nights out, support bubbles and daily exercise. Many of our residents are particularly vulnerable to the virus and because of this we are very proud of the way the residents have rallied round to protect each other. We will also be increasing our welfare checks of our ‘move on’ clients who have left us to ensure that no one feels alone during period of isolation, as well as ensuring that life during the lockdown is as fun and safe as possible for our current project residents.
For our supporters, we would like to say a massive thank you for the donations, fundraisers and kind words you have provided over the last year; and we ask you to continue with this support however you can. We would like to remind you that we are not taking clothing or bedding donations unless new and packaged due to storage and hygiene limitations. It is the generosity and kindness of all of you that has kept us afloat during a year of uncertainty, confusion and hardship, so thank you.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to provide support to any of our projects, please message us on Facebook (@havenfirstherts), Twitter (@haven_first) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that because of the reduced staff onsite, we expect our telephone lines will be busier than normal so we encourage you to email wherever possible.
The Haven First Team
The annual Access Self Storage Easter egg appeal is open now! Donated Easter eggs will be given to Access Self Storage Stevenage’s nominated charity: Stevenage Haven.
Access Self Storage Stevenage sets themselves a challenge to collect more than 200 donations this Christmas for homeless charity Stevenage Haven
A great article from Georgia Barrow of The Comet, following the story of Stevenage Haven client Simon.
The annual Access Self Storage Easter egg appeal is open to the people of Stevenage for the very first time. This year the campaign - which has seen more than 2,800 chocolate eggs given to dozens of charities since it launched in 2011 - will benefit Access Self Storage Stevenage’s nominated charity: Stevenage Haven.
Stevenage Haven was selected by Austin's Family Funeral Directors to be their charity of 2016. Hertfordshire Community Foundation, who manage a charitable fund for Austin's, issued the following press release about the charity of the year donation to Stevenage Haven.
A former resident from Stevenage Haven has, through support from staff at the charity, secured a labouring job with Airey Millar working on the new hostel development project.
On 25 March 2015, we were informed that our application for registration with the Regulator of Social Housing, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), had been successful.
The Trustees of the UIA Insurance Ltd fund held at Hertfordshire Community Foundation are providing Stevenage Haven with funding of nearly £5,000. This will make a significant contribution towards the cost of IT equipment for our new training suite for clients due to open at the end of 2015.
Stevenage Haven has secured funding from Herts County Council's Building Community Resilience Programme which is part of the current HWAS scheme.