Because there is no such thing as ‘no hope’

We work closely with:

Community Debt Advice

eSOS (East Surrey Outreach Service)

Easter Project

East Surrey Police

Furnistore

The National Probation Service

Rape Crisis Surrey & Sussex (RCSS)

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council

Tandridge District Council


Our Supporting Partners:

Over 30 local churches and faith groups

Including Christ Central and their West Central coffee shop

Staff & Management of The Belfry, Redhill

Marks & Spencer, Redhill

Rotary

Round Table

The Seroptomists

Sainsbury’s, Redhill

Waitrose, Horley

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13th Dec 2017 - 7th March 2018

Brief Job Descriptions

Information for Volunteers

Renewed Hope Trust

Dear RHT supporters

Firstly, thank you everyone for your continued interest in the work that we are doing amongst the homeless and those in need in East Surrey. Although the Winter Night Shelter closed in March, we have been busy at the Drop-in where each weekday we have seen around 15-20 people dropping in for a meal, a voucher for the foodbank, for advice or just to hang out somewhere safe. We have continued to work with those who are homeless, linking them up with various housing agencies in an attempt to get them off the streets. There has also been a lot going on behind the scenes looking at how we can develop the Charity’s work.

Anna joined the staff team with Alice in January, and we are pleased that she agreed to come on full time from September. In her new role she will continue to support Alice and Ann in the day-to-day running of the Charity while linking with partners old and new to publicise our work throughout the year.

The Real Meal on Sundays

Some exciting news to share with you is that from September the Charity acquired the leasehold of Shrewsbury Chapel in Redhill, where we are going to be holding a weekly Sunday lunch. A Drop-In on a Sunday has been long-requested by our guests and we have been looking for a suitable venue for about two years now. We are therefore delighted that from mid Autumn, The Real Meal will offer friendship, a hot meal as well as a short, informal church service. We are looking for churches to partner with us by providing a team to cook and run the service. Please let me know if you are interested.

Shrewsbury Chapel is currently only used on a Sunday morning by the congregation and this leasehold agreement will enable us in the future to earn income from groups wishing to rent the space during the week. However, in the short-term, the Charity is funding urgent building works including installing a disabled toilet, shower room and building a new staircase to provide safe access to upstairs for us to use as storage.

Winter Night Shelter

Plans are well in place for the 2017-18 Night Shelter, with venues booked for most nights. Training sessions for existing and new volunteers will be: Wednesday 15th November, 7.45pm for 8pm, Christ Central 3 London Road, Redhill, RH1 1LY and Thursday 30th November, 7.45 for 8pm, St Marys Church, Chart Lane, Reigate, RH2 7RN

During the Winter Night Shelter, we are also going to be extending the opening hours of Drop-In until 7pm – another long-requested service by our guests to avoid the temptation of the pub. For this, we will be looking for more volunteers to help run the sessions. All the duties will be on Dutyman nearer the time.

Pressing needs

Shrewsbury Chapel and increased staffing have focused our thoughts on finances. Over the years we have seen most of our income arrive in the coffers over the winter when our public profile is high. However, our costs are pretty constant year round and this can lead to our summer months being rather difficult with costs outstripping income. Roughly speaking, a third of our income comes from churches, a third from personal supporters and a third from other sources, such as grants. As Trustees, we would love to see growth in the number of regular personal donations. Even a few pounds each month would be such a help in removing some of the uncertainty in our operation.

Most of us have never been homeless but those who are live on fine margins and the help we are able to give is vital. Please will you consider whether you are able to make a contribution to this life-changing work.

If you would like more details contact me on john273b@gmail.com.

Best wishes,

John Bartlett


Chairman of Board of Trustees

Renewed Hope Trust

Email: Renewed Hope Trust


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