Low cost paint service launched at 2nd Chance

18 MAY 2017

  On Tuesday 16th May 2017, Chapter 1's 2nd Chance, proudly launched its Community RePaint Scheme at 1a Weddington Terrace Nuneaton CV10 0AG.  Community RePaint is sponsored by Dulux and was partly funded through the Warwickshire County Councillors Fund. The scheme aims to help local groups and individuals access good quality paint at a reasonable price. To celebrate this new service Nigel Parrington, CEO of Salvation Army Housing Association (saha), the parent housing association of Chapter 1 and Martin Pearse, Manager of the Community Repaint Network, were pleased to be able to join Councillor Keith Kondakor in officially launching ‘Community Repaint Nuneaton and Bedworth’...
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Chapter 1's National Sports Manager does it again!

10 MAY 2017

Innovative sport and physical activity interventions

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Chapter 1 sponsored a well in Africa through AquAid

20 APR 2017

                                               
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The LOOP our Newsletter

18 JAN 2017

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Chapter 1 Champions’ Award Autumn 2016

05 DEC 2016

Champions’ Award Autumn 2016 The Champions Award is Chapter 1’s Client Recognition Award...
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Housing association merger creates stronger service for people experiencing homelessness

16 NOV 2016

Salvation Army Housing Association (saha) and Chapter 1 Charity Ltd are pleased to announce their plans to merge the two organisations.  Chapter 1 will become a subsidiary of saha, a move that is anticipated to complete by the end of this month. John Matear, Chairman for the Salvation Army Housing Association said: “By combining our services we combine our strengths and expertise, enabling us to better serve the most vulnerable people in society...
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Chapter 1 opens charity shop in Nuneaton

11 OCT 2016

Chapter 1 Charity shop in Abbeygate shopping centre in conjunction with 2nd Chance Furniture Re-Use abnd Judkins Re-Use shop...
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Ladies Pamper Night

09 SEP 2016

Chapter 1 Outreach Service   Sending this out now to hopefully lighten the mood we are holding again this year our night of pampering if you are local and would like to come along please feel free. Please send out to as many contacts as you can donations link below.   https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pauline-outreach-1 
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Success through sport

30 AUG 2016

                                   Jerimiah became homeless and ended up sleeping on the streets, he arrived at Chapter 1 The Limes all sad and deflated, his life was torn apart and he felt his world had ended...

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Poem by a Chapter 1 Client

02 AUG 2016

Do you Remember   Do you remember how perfect it was, we met for the first time, You told me how I was beautiful and said “I want you to be mine”   Do you remember we’d laugh and joke together and everything would feel bliss, You ‘d tell me how you love me and give me a kiss   Do you remember we had our first baby and I felt secure, I had my own family that I could love and adore...

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Sleeping rough in Manchester

21 JUL 2016

Its tragic how many people are sleeping rough in our city; battling the cold, hunger and fear. Manchester city council has recently head counted people rough sleeping in the city centre and the figures have nearly doubled since last year. According to Homeless Link Manchester officially recognised 155 people as homeless in 2012. In 2015 Manchester assessed 559 homeless applications and recognised 219 people as officially homeless. Whilst homelessness is continuing to rise, re-sources to tackle the issue are depleting rapidly...

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Bloomin Marvelous!

07 JUL 2016

  If you are a regular visitor to 2nd Chance Nuneaton, you may have noticed the flower displays outside of the building. The containers and the displays have been assembled by volunteers, Rob and James. Their handiwork… and a few other ideas for alternative planters that can be bought from charity shops and transformed! We also have a small range of bird tables and nest boxes for sale.

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Art @ Buckingham

01 JUL 2016

Last week Chapter 1 in Buckingham organised an art session for tenants and other people.  Leading the time was artist Debs Last who runs a local art school but for this and another session in September she is giving her time for nothing.  Most of those attending started out the morning with no drawing experience at all...

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Ex-client of Chapter 1 training for trekking Kilimanjaro

03 JUN 2016

Suzanne has come a long way since being a client of Chapter 1. She is healthy, she is fit, she is strong, not only physically but also emotionally. She has conquered many things in her life and she is now about to conquer Kilimanjaro. Well done Suzanne, we are all behind you! In her own words: "Here is an update on how the training has been going! "As a single Mum who works it is really hard to try and find the time to work out! And also gym memberships are so expensive! Instead I have downloaded an app called Les Mills on Demand where I have access to all my favourite classes like Body Combat, Body Attack and Body Pump (you can do as many as you like!)...

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Chapter 1 Champions Award Spring 2016

01 JUN 2016

The judging panel awarded 3 nominees in this round, and Gemma and I presented each winner with an engraved glass plaque, a framed certificate of recognition and £50 worth of shopping vouchers. The  awards were presented during the week beginning 9thMay and what a fantastic experience, meeting such amazing Clients and seeing how much they have overcome in their own lives, at the same time giving so much to others around them.                 

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Street2feet national football event 2016 held in Manchester

20 MAY 2016

The national event was our biggest event so far with 31 teams in total attending and it just shows this events is going from strength to strength every year with our partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.  All picture will be updated to Chapter 1’s Equality F.C. website if you would like to see more please visit; www.equalityfc.org.uk.  To everyone involved, we hope you enjoyed the experience and for those who wasn’t there, I hope to see you there next year...

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Chapter 1 wins award for 2016 National Best Community Recycling Initiative

20 MAY 2016

 

 Nat Kidd, Service Manager, is thrilled to announce: "It is my pleasure to be able to announce to everyone, that for the work carried out by 2ndChance and Judkins, Chapter 1 were declared the winners of the National 2016 Best Community Recycling Initiative at the let’s recycle awards. The event was held at the Landmark hotel in London and pit us against leaders in our field from all over the UK. Representatives from all the major waste contractors, local authorities and other 3rdsector organisations were in attendance"

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cupcakes at Calverley Hill

19 MAY 2016

Getting Calverley Hill known by other local business. To bring more awareness of who we are and what we do here at Calverley Hill… We came up with the idea of handing out individual cupcakes with a scroll attached to them so the local business know more about us. One of our lovely volunteers here at Calverley Hill baked and decorated the cupcakes - they were yummy! Clients and staff wrapped them up, adding a scroll with the information about us to each cupcake...

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Southampton Young People’s Service

16 MAY 2016

Southampton Young People’s Service 16/17yrs and Care Leavers / Emergency Service   The Emergency Service provides accommodation with support for 16 and 17 year olds and care leavers.    Clients may stay for up to 2 years at the service, 4 beds are allocated for emergency housing; young people are housed from 1 day to 6 weeks, the resident may move into other accommodation within the service, or into accommodation through a partner agency. Chapter 1 staff have a “hands on approach” within the service which is reflected in the young people support plan; these often reflect, cooking, cleaning, budgeting and healthy living skills...
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Staff running for Chapter 1

09 MAY 2016

Running for Mulberry House by Karl Jobling   “At the start of the year I decided that I wanted to raise some money for the Mulberry House project. I wanted to do something that I had never attempted before and  would really push my body to its limits...
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Chapter 1 Buckingham does it again

04 MAY 2016

Simon has recently left Chapter 1 in Buckingham having lived in one of our houses for about 20 months.  Simon had been caught between Social Services (County Council) and Housing (District Council).  The former wanted him to look after his 2 children in a safe environment whilst Simon didn’t meet the criteria for a social house. Chapter 1 were in a position to help and during the time that Simon was with us we worked with him whilst he developed parenting and financial skills, learnt how to manage a house and to cook nutritious and economic meals and to generally turn his life around...

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Service User Satisfaction Survey

20 APR 2016

Once a year Chapter 1 conducts a survey amongst our clients to find out which areas of our support can be improved upon. The survey was taken in March 2016 and the results are available by the link below. Satisfaction Survey

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Chapter 1 The Limes helping rough sleepers to independence

14 APR 2016

It was out of concern for the amount of rough Sleepers in the Manchester area and the wanting to do something about it that we contacted the MCC and between us came up with a Young Rough Sleepers Project. We would take in Young Rough Sleepers, and work alongside a planned routine supporting these Rough Sleepers towards independent living. We have employed 2 Night Workers and 1 Support/Housing Management Worker. Young Rough Sleepers come to us through the various agencies within Manchester:  CCP, (City Centre Project) The Booth Centre and Manchester City Council Rough Sleepers Dept...

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A client's story about life at Chapter 1 The Limes

14 APR 2016

Hello everyone who reads this, I am writing a little story about myself. I live in a homeless hostel in Longsight Manchester, The Limes. I had a dysfunctional family life, divorce, alcohol problems all through my childhood, I soon followed suite, heavy drinking, prison, police record, probation, debts. I did not speak to any of my family, I had no one to help me. I applied to the Limes but was refused, I appealed to The Manager, and she gave me a chance, something I will always be grateful for...

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Ex- client trekking Kilimanjaro to fundraise for Chapter 1

11 APR 2016

  Suzanne York, ex-client of Chapter 1, will climb Kilimanjaro to fundraise for Chapter 1. She is now in training for the big event. She will be walking through jungle conditions to a freezing, snow covered mountain top! She is a brave lady and Chapter 1 is applauding her! Suzanne will start the trek on the 9th of September and hopes to finish on the 17th of September. She will give us updates along the way...

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Unbelievable versus believable

01 APR 2016

It is of course April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day today, and many people across the world today will be upholding the April Fools traditions So have you had a prank or a joke played on you yet? Or how many of you have already recited the rhyme “Pinch, Punch the first of the month and no returns” or even used the expression “white rabbits” to get in there first?  My thought for today is this; If I had said to all you football lovers out there “Leicester City to win the Premiership” on this day last year, you all probably would have thought it to be an April Fools! However, as we look at things on this day, then that statement although somewhat unbelievable then is very believable now!! Never pass over the unbelievable as unachievable as that often is how things have been achieved...

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Personalised service at Chapter 1 Turner House

31 MAR 2016

Personalised service = positive outcomes for clients and better preparation for independent living. Personalisation has become a core value at Turner House.  It has taken some time, but after careful planning and implementation, trial and error, and by accident… it has become engrained in the service we provide.  We value our clients’ voice, and encourage them to have their say.  We believe that when relationships between support providers and clients are more equal, and workers are partners in support, the outcomes are more positive and clients develop the confidence to build their own community and rely less on professional support...
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'suport' - using sport to support

31 MAR 2016

The launch of Chapter 1's new suport programme, run by Dean Ashton - National Sports Development Manager for Chapter 1, began with much anticipation on the 29th January, this programme was built on the success of the Doorstep Sport model, which Chapter 1 has been running for a couple of years now, with a theme to support the inactive. Much interest in programme on a national scale was justified by services excited to register and with ten Chapter 1 services involved we are keen to provide the best quality provision possible...

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FreshStart is changing lives one by one

18 JAN 2016

FreshStart runs Recovery Course   What an exciting start for 2016, FreshStart are the first complex needs commissioned service in Cornwall to run an in-house Intuitive Recovery Course and not only have we done it we managed a 100% completion record for those that commenced the course. It wasn’t without its challenges as there was some real resistance from residents initially, but the FreshStart staff team working in partnership with our allocated Criminal Justice Worker from Addaction and the Intuitive Recovery facilitator – and most importantly our residents managed to make the course a success...

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ASA House - a Chapter 1 development

14 DEC 2015

  A Chapter 1 development delivering 30 units of affordable accommodation in Plymouth in a former commercial building which has been standing empty for a decade. It is Chapter 1's first major scheme in collaboration with Plymouth City Council. The building is named after King Asa, an ancient Hebrew ruler who built city walls so his people could live in safety and prosper in their lives.  This sentiment reflects Chapter 1's ethos, and seemed appropriate as Asa House is close to the old Plymouth city walls...

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Value for Money Statement

17 NOV 2015

Chapter 1's 2014 - 2015 Value for Money statement is now available  here

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Homes & Communities Agency - Regulatory Judgement

04 SEP 2015

  Chapter 1 has met with the Homes and Communities Agency and has welcomed the opportunity to discuss the governance and viability downgrades now published.  The organisation is committed to working closely with the HCA to overcome the weaknesses identified.  In recognition of the governance downgrade the Chair of the Trustees has stood down from the Board.  The Trustees have appointed Clive Bodley, a recent co-optee to the Board, to the role of Chair...

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National five-a-side homeless football tournament comes to London

29 JUL 2015

Street2Feet 2015   Managed by national housing charity, Chapter 1 Thursday 30 July 2015 On Thursday 30 July 2015 16 five-a-side football teams, all representing different services who work with homeless and disadvantaged people, will descend on Imperial College London's Heston Sports Ground for London's first Street2Feet tournament.  Street2Feet is run by national housing charity Chapter 1 supported by StreetGames, and its annual tournaments in Manchester have become a fixture in the homeless sporting calendar...
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Chapter 1 supporting mothers and babies for 25 years

07 JUL 2015

National housing charity Chapter 1 will be celebrating in St Leonard's on 16 July. Turner House, their mother and baby service in the town, is 25 years' old. The house was named after the Rev Eric Turner who was the Chairman of St Leonards Christian Alliance. He was the driving force behind the scheme. As the years passed, Christian Alliance became Chapter 1, and Eric Turner retired and moved away. However, he will be coming back to attend the anniversary celebration as guest of honour...
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Chapter 1 and Warwickshire County Council gives home composting a 2nd Chance

23 JUN 2015

                                                               Workshop in Nuneaton Wednesday 24 June Chapter 1's 2ndChance furniture re-use project and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) are giving the public a chance to learn about home composting...

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Art at Chapter 1 FreshStart

23 JUN 2015

Vicky Hamilton, the manager at FreshStart, communicated the following: The Structured Activity Coordinator at FreshStart, Konny, has been keeping the residents busy with various art and crafts activities which they have been selling at local car boots and craft fairs in order to raise some funds to develop the garden here at FreshStart...

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Chapter 1 - upcoming events 2015

09 JUN 2015

Chapter 1 is participating in the following events:   Our Common Heritage: Wednesday 10 June http://theology-centre.org/   Housing Justice Roadshow, Exeter: 18 June

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Chapter 1 Learning Hub

09 JUN 2015

 Chapter 1's Learning Hub is an incredible vision. To deliver help and support to those that need it most, by providing the homeless and vulnerable adults in Greater Manchester with support, education and training to inspire those to realise their own potential and help them achieve employment, happy fulfilling lives in their own tenancy and active citizenship. I am attempting to complete two significant events - The Manchester to Blackpool Bike ride and the Salford quays Triathlon in July to raise funds to realise our own ambition and vision to grow our provision and build a learning hub that connects homeless and vulnerable adults to possibility, opportunity and community, developing their skills, and belief in their own self worth...

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Homes & Communities Agency - Regulatory Review

28 MAY 2015

Housing & Communities Agency - Regulatory Review Statement from Chapter 1   Chapter 1 has been advised that it will be included on the HCA's 'gradings under review list' for viability. We have been further advised that this does not automatically mean a downgrade to a non-compliant viability rating.  This has occurred due to the poor performance of the business in the last financial year, in a difficult operating context and economic climate...

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Chapter 1 with Street2Feet Tournament

18 MAY 2015

Street2Feet 2015 National 5-a-side homeless football tournament celebrates fifth anniversary Managed by national housing charity, Chapter 1 The Pitts, Manchester– Thursday 21 May 2015   On 21 May 37 five-a-side football teams, representing over 25 organisations who work with homeless and disadvantaged people, will descend on Manchester for the annual Street2Feet tournament...

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Private Sector Leasing scheme by Chapter 1

18 MAY 2015

PSL is a partenership between Chapter 1 and private sector landlords. When a property is standing empty the landlord can contact Chapter 1 to lease the property to us. Chapter 1 will then let the property to suitable tenants and take care of repairs and maintenance. The programme is self-financing and on a not-for-profit basis

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Chapter 1 encourages young parents in the St Leonard's area to register to vote

10 APR 2015

With the general election just weeks away, housing charity Chapter 1 is taking a lead in encouraging young parents to register to vote. They are holding a special event – Your Vote Matters - on Wednesday 15 April at Chapter 1 Turner House, a supported accommodation service for young mums.   Chapter 1 Service Manager, Jean-Paul Dunin, explained: 'It's important for all young people to have a voice, and  especially for young parents to  have a say in their children's future...
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Leadership transition at Chapter 1

02 APR 2015

The Chief Executive for Chapter 1, Geoff Hawkins, retired end of March 2015 after ten years with Chapter 1.  We are delighted to announce that Joseph R. Main, has taken up his new role as Chief Executive.  Joseph comes with a wealth of leadership experience in the third sector...

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Homes & Communities Agency - Regulatory Judgement

25 FEB 2015

Housing & Communities Agency - Regulatory Judgement The Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) placed Chapter 1 under a regulatory review in January 2015. That review has now concluded that Chapter 1 meets the requirements on financial viability, but needs to manage material financial exposures to ensure continued compliance. Chapter 1 does not meet all the required standards on governance or value for money and is working to improve this position...

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Homes & Communities Agency - Regulatory Review

20 JAN 2015

Statement from the Chapter 1 Rob Taylor, Chair of Trustees  It is with regret that I confirm that Chapter 1's grading with the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) is under review.  They believe that we are not fully compliant with required governance and viability standards and will be issuing their formal judgment in the next few weeks.  We are currently in discussion with the regulators in order to develop an action plan to address these concerns...

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Mildmay House reopens after £5M redevelopment

27 NOV 2014

Chapter 1's Liverpool hostel, Mildmay House, is officially back open after a £5M two‑year refurbishment programme.  The refurbishment reflects Chapter 1's commitment to changing lives one by one. Tenders were scored not just on price, but also on the additional benefits they could bring, such as training and volunteering opportunities.  Around 20 former clients have benefitted from training and work experience on the site, and six have secured paid jobs...

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Chapter 1 has opened another Re-Use centre in Nuneaton

05 AUG 2014

Judkins Re-Use and Recycling Centre in Nuneaton officially opened the doors on the 18th July 2014, but has been trading since April. During this time they have saved more than 12 tonnes of waste from ending up in landfill and made over £10,000...

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Chapter 1 Kingsley House in Southampton

14 JUL 2014

Kingsley House, residents and staff are doing a fantastic job in the garden. There are old, decorated bicycles everywhere, on the walls, under trees, with flower baskets and apart from the bicycles vegetables and herbs are being planted in abundance, to be used in the kitchen.

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Chapter 1's service The Limes excels in offering courses and activities to residents

30 JUN 2014

The Limes in Manchester have a vision... they want to see all of their residents, independent, motivated, healthy, employed and moved into their own homes. Below is a list of the tools employed to make that happen. Courses & Activities on offer at the Limes:  8 Week Accredited Tenancy Training Course - Residents complete the Accredited Tenancy training programme, the programme helps to support them into greater independence...

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Chapter 1 Shilhay

10 APR 2014

We are pleased to announce that Exeter-based homeless charity, Shilhay Community, is now part of national housing charity, Chapter 1, in a friendly takeover.  Both organisations share common values and a vision for the future based on changing lives one by one. We work with disadvantaged and vulnerable people, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Together we will be better equipped to meet changing needs, new challenges and opportunities.  Shilhay will keep its local identity and the skills it’s gained over the past 40 years, but as part of a larger organisation will have greater financial strength and resilience...

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The Limes, a Chapter 1 project, wins StreetGames National Project of the Year Award...

04 APR 2014

 for its groundbreaking homeless football project in Manchester – E.Quality FC. At a ceremony at Warwick University last night, the initiative run from Chapter 1’s Manchester Hostel, The Limes, beat around 100 other projects to take the trophy. Chapter 1 received the award for the Homeless football league ‘E.Quality FC’ set up in Manchester, spearheaded by Dean Ashton and the staff team at Chapter 1’s Manchester hostel, The Limes. The project not only offered the chance to play football, but enabled participants from homeless projects across the city to gain accredited qualifications for both sports leadership, and personal development...

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TENANTS MOVE INTO FIRST ‘EMPTY HOME’ IN CORNWALL

23 JAN 2014

Chapter 1, is celebrating their first Empty Home to be brought back into use under the scheme launched last year in partnership with Cornwall Council.  The cottage in Roche had been standing empty for a year before the landlord decided to link with Chapter 1 under its Empty Homes programme following referral by the Council’s Empty Homes Team. Chapter 1 provides capital to improve the property, in return for which the landlord leases the property to the charity for a minimum five year period...

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Chapter 1 recognises its ‘Great 1s’ at award ceremony in London

20 JAN 2014

    National housing charity Chapter 1 held its annual awards ceremony on 21 November at its headquarters in London.  The aim of the awards, known as the Great 1’s, is to recognise individual and team achievements of the people who make up the Chapter 1 community – staff, volunteers, and clients.  More than 20 nominations were received from Chapter 1 projects across the country...

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Chapter 1's Domestic Outreach receiving donation of over £7900

20 JAN 2014

The staff at Blavo & Co organised an Annual Ball and collected funds of over £7900 for the Domestic Outreach of Chapter 1. We are very grateful for the donation and the following kind words by Blavo & Co: 'The work your charity carry out is a source of inspiration to all of us and we are delighted to know that our guests appreciate your outstanding work as much as we do.' This donation will help many of our  vulnerable clients. A big thank you to the staff of Blavo & Co!

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Torbay Rooute Project falls victim to political prevarication

11 OCT 2013

It is with regret that we confirm the proposed Torbay Rooute Centre will not go ahead. Torbay Council has not granted Chapter 1’s request for a longer lease on the land and, without this agreement, it is no longer a viable investment for us. This is a sad day for us.  When we unveiled the plans in 2010 we were confident we could deliver an innovative and vibrant community enterprise facility which would have benefitted the people of Torbay.  It was a long term project, underscoring our deep commitment to Torbay and our confidence in its future...
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40 years of Greenbelt history is commemorated on film.

21 AUG 2013

‘Greenbelt @ 40 – the journey so far’  is a film production by Blue Hippo Media & Greenbelt in association with Christian Aid. The film takes you back to the beginning 40 years ago and is filled with images and music from days gone by. The link to the official trailer: http://youtu.be/DiV32Un6ksU Follow the film on: www.facebook.com/GreenbeltAt40TheFilm

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Chapter 1 welcomes their new Chaplain

05 AUG 2013

On the 30th of July 2013 Geoff Hawkins welcomed The Reverend Ruth Lampard as Chaplain for Chapter 1. The service of licensing was led by The Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, which gave the formal authority and blessing of the Church of England.
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Chapter 1 enters Empty Homes scheme in Plymouth

19 JUL 2013

Chapter 1's Operations Director, Rachel Sanders, said: "We're delighted to be working with Plymouth City Council in this new partnership. Bringing empty properties back into use provides more than just valuable housing. At Chapter 1 we believe in changing lives one by one and having a home to call your own is a vital step towards a better quality of life. Neighbourhoods flourish and the environment around them benefits. "The programme will also enable us to work with voluntary organisations such as Shekinah to provide opportunities for people distanced from training and employment to improve their skills...
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2nd Chance Furniture Re-Use opens new shop

18 JUN 2013

2nd Chance Furniture opened a new shop in Atherstone in May 2013, the shop will be called 2nd Chance - North Warwickshire. The Mayor, Councillor Lorna Dirveiks did the honours by cutting the ribbon for the official opening.

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Xenia, student hostel, opening

21 FEB 2013

Kate Hoey, MP, officially opened Chapter 1's student hostel, Xenia, on the 24th January 2013. Chapter 1 has spent £9 million on upgrading the building, which now contains a 152 bed student accommodation in the centre of Waterloo. Chief Executive, Geoff Hawkins said in his speach: "This is a proud day for Chapter 1...

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Chapter 1 receives Lottery Fund

15 NOV 2012

Chapter 1 receives£299,000 to continueproviding work and volunteering placements at2nd Chance Furniture Re-use, a furniture recycling social enterprise inNuneaton. The programme includes support from a mentor and participants have access to a regular work club that provides support to individuals seeking employment. The project aims to increase the self-esteem and aspirations of those involved as well as providing affordable furniture to people in financial hardship living in the boroughs of North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth...

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Chapter 1 celebrates Diversity & Equality 2012

21 AUG 2012

Chapter 1 Trustees are celebrating Diversity & Equality with shoe stories. Each pair of shoes is unique but equal and diverse much the same as people are

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Chapter 1 takes over Somerset's Domestic Abuse Service

16 JUL 2012

      Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service                From 1 July 2012 national charity, Chapter 1, took responsibility for an Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS)  in Somerset...

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Volunteer programme celebration at 2nd Chance Furniture Re-use

10 MAY 2012

Chapter 1's Nuneaton based 2nd Chance Furniture Re-use project celebrated their volunteers. A volunteer programme of great success. 130 people have volunteered since the programme started, not only do the volunteers help saving good quality second hand goods from ending up in landfills but they are gaining confidence, skills and work experience. The celebration was attended by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Concillor Neil Phillips and Chapter 1 Chief Executive Geoff Hawkins, both of them gave a speach, as did one of the volunteers, Sharon Tasker...

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Chapter 1 is helping to occupy empty homes

23 MAR 2012

Chapter 1 is running empty homes schemes in Cornwall, Gloucester and Torbay, we are also the delivery partner for the scheme run by Exeter City Council. Privately owned properties which have been empty for more than 2 years are being utilised to create affordable rented accommodation as part of a national initiative. Governmet grants are made available through the HCA (Homes & Communities Agency) to cover the costs of renovating the properties. The schemes run by Chapter 1 in Cornwall, Gloucester and Torbay was awarded £1...

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The Limes at Chapter 1 receives gift from angels

06 MAR 2012

The residents at The Limes felt angels still exist... Read the article

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Seal of Approval for 2nd Chance

02 MAR 2012

In December 2011 the Furniture Re-Use Network (FRN) awarded Second Chance Furniture the highest accolade in the sector,  that of Approved Re-Use Centre (ARC) status.  The FRN visited the project and undertook an audit which took several days and specifically looked at the organisation’s documentation and records, management, resources, performance of work and provision of service...

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...and the games continue

01 MAR 2012

have a look at the Equality FC match
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Equality Award for Limes resident

29 FEB 2012

Samuel Welde Dewit from the Limes won the Equality Award from Manchester FA, congratulations Samuel. Read the story on the Manchester FA website
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The Limes takes the lead in football

22 FEB 2012

The Limes is in the first position after winning all their games. 

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The Limes kick off Manchester Homeless League

17 FEB 2012

Chapter 1's own Dean Ashton has done an incredible job starting the Manchester Homeless League football club. Dean has also worked hard at introducing a healthy lifestyle at The Limes. He says: "A healthy lifestyle isn’t just eating right, physical health and a healthy mind make up a healthy lifestyle...
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Chapter 1’s Torquay Hostel wins national award

18 JAN 2012

National housing charity Chapter 1 has once again recognised the outstanding achievements of its staff, service users and volunteers. At an award ceremony in London the staff team from the Leonard Stocks Centre in Torquay were highly commended for their customer service.  Chapter 1’s Operations Director, Rachel Sanders said: 'The staff team have only been together since April when there was an internal restructure, a change of manager, and a number of new appointments...

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Chapter 1 in partnership with Shekinah

18 JAN 2012

      Torbay Rooute Project Chapter 1 in partnership with Shekinah           Media Release from Chapter 1 21 November 2011   PRELIMINARY WORK STARTS ON NEW COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE CENTRE   After months of preparatory work behind the scenes, Chapter 1, in partnership with Shekinah and Torbay Council, are pleased to confirm that preliminary work is finally underway for the Torbay Rooute project...

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2nd Chance does it again...

29 DEC 2011

2nd Chance Furniture Re-use has added craft items to their popular re-use scheme. Dickens night in Atherstone found volunteers from Chapter 1’s 2nd Chance Furniture Re-use project in Nuneaton selling the perfect Christmas presents such as flower arrangements, picture frames, bags, cushions. All the items were handmade using only re-used materials. A prize draw for a quilt and matching cushions was a popular addition. Peter Whitehead, project manager, said: ‘This was a great opportunity to showcase the variety of work that takes place at 2nd Chance and also the creativity of some of our volunteers...

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Chapter 1 recognises its ‘Great 1s’

08 DEC 2011

Chapter 1 recognises its ‘Great 1s’ at award ceremony in London   National housing charity Chapter 1 has once again recognised the outstanding achievements of its staff, service users and volunteers. At an award ceremony in London last week, awards were given for:  Customer service Personal achievements of individual service users Unsung heroes Engagement with the wider community This is the third year the charity has run its award programme...

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Homeless risk rising

07 DEC 2011

Geoff Hawkins, chief executive of the housing charity Chapter 1, said the problem was no longer confined to the stereotype of rough sleepers rehabilitating from lifelong addictions, but now includes victims of recession who do not qualify for appropriate help. Click here to read the full article

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So much untapped talent.... photography workshop

12 OCT 2011

Residents from Homerton Space and Stephen House partook in a photography workshop held by PhotoVoice. The theme for the course was Gang Culture and Knife Crime, an exploration in captioned photography. Read the full article and view the captioned photographs here
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Chapter 1 celebrates Diversity & Equality

29 SEP 2011

Mildmay House in Liverpool held a World Music Day event on the 21st September where residents, ex-residents and volunteers all took part in a show performing a variety of styles of music from pieces they have been working on in Mildmay's music studio...

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The Limes Academy goes live . . .

17 AUG 2011

Chapter 1 The Limes Academy goes live . . . Chapter 1’s Manchester hostel for young homeless men, The Limes, is providing support in a holistic way. They’ve created workshops to develop the residents’ life skills and provide a platform for further progression in education, employment and independent living. They’ve devised a structured plan for the week, with the help from their residents. It has been developed firstly to improve motivation, progressively improve confidence, and to implement key skills along the way...

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Chapter 1 Southampton rides for homeless people

17 AUG 2011

Chapter 1 in Southampton rides out to raise funds for  young homeless people in the city   On Sunday 24 July three intrepid cyclists from Chapter 1 in Southampton set off an a “bike ride to somewhere”. They ended up covering almost 160 miles in 24 hours and made it all the way to Cambridge. Until last week they had no idea where they were going. They knew they were leaving from Kingsley House, the hub of Chapter 1’s service for homeless young people in the city, but the direction was chosen at random by one of the residents...

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Homerton Space celebrating 25 years

10 AUG 2011

Chapter 1’s Homerton Space project celebrated its 25th anniversary. The project accommodates and supports 11 young homeless people aged 16 to 18. They welcomed their first resident in 1986. Since then around 250 have benefited.  The project was conceived in the early 1980s. The Hackney Marsh Team Ministry was concerned by the number of young people who were either homeless or at risk of homelessness in Homerton. The rectory in Chelmer Road was vacant, and it was agreed that Newlon Housing would buy the building, but the project would be managed by volunteers...

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Homeless Article in the The Independent

15 JUL 2011

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Farewell but not goodbye

13 JUL 2011

  Alex at his final meeting with Geoff Hawkins, Chief Executive and Rob Taylor, Chairman Outgoing Board Rep Alex Roach has stuck to his word and will be staying involved with Chapter 1 despite now moving into his own flat and finishing his year on the Board...

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Stuart and Angela came on Board

13 JUL 2011

Stuart and Angela come on Board   New Board Reps Stuart and Angela at the away days in July. Chapter 1 residents Stuart and Angela have attended their first meetings as the new Service User Board Representatives on the Chapter 1 Board of Trustees...

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Homeless World Cup 2011

07 JUL 2011

Chapter 1's project The Limes in  Manchester has done it again, it is the second time one of their residents has got through to the final selection for the Homeless World Cup, and this time the resident, Courtney Wallace, was chosen for Team England and he is going to Paris to part-take in the game. 64 national teams will be competing at the Homeless World Cup. ‘We, at the Limes, are very proud of Courtney and we will be cheering and supporting him all the way...

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2nd Chance takes first prize

30 JUN 2011

Chapter 1's Furniture Re-use project, 2nd Chance, won 1st price at Nuneaton's Carnival parade. The carnival has been held every year since 1930 and has raised thousands of pounds for local charities. In spite of the rain both audience and part-takers seemed to enjoy themselves. The best overall walker price went to the  'Goodies' inspired bicycle.

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The photos’ on the wall at Leonard Stocks Centre

30 JUN 2011

 Leonard Stocks Centre is managed by Chapter 1 in partnership with Shekinah Mission.  More than a 100 people have been helped to turn their lives around since the new homeless hostel opened 18 months ago.  The Friends of Factory Row was founded to support the old hostel, which now has new modern facilities, and they now help by volunteering and raising money. It was their idea to invite local photographers to submit pictures to decorate the walls...

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2nd Chance volunteer opening own business

29 JUN 2011

2nd Chance Furniture Re-Use in Nuneaton is encouraging its volunteers to use their creative skills to promote the re-use message and develop their own small business. James Bayley, a volunteer at  the showroom in Weddington Terrace has started his own small business ‘Bayley Wreaths and Arrangements’ whilst volunteering at Second Chance.  During his time at the project James has developed his skills and experience by working on the shop floor and also as a driver’s mate...

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Wall art at Leonard Stocks Centre

10 JUN 2011

Leonard Stocks Centre is managed by Chapter 1 in partnership with Shekinah Mission. More than a 100 people have been helped to turn their lives around since the new homeless hostel opened 18 months ago. The Friends of Factory Row was founded to support the old hostel, which now has new modern facilities, and they now help by volunteering and raising money...

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Chapter 1 gives residents a stronger voice.

13 MAY 2011

Chapter 1 gives residents a stronger voice This year at Chapter 1 we have added resident inspections in our effort to give the residents a stronger voice about our work. We had the chance to trial the method through being a trailblazer in the Tenant Services Authority's local standards pilots.

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Chapter 1 dinner raises £2500

12 APR 2011

On Saturday 2 April Chapter 1 rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Little House family contact centre in Exeter. The event brought together the cream of the legal profession at Exeter Golf and Country Club to enjoy a cocktail reception, three course dinner, and dancing to the music of Funk54. The Little House has been providing an impartial, supportive and safe environment for children from separated families to have contact with their parents and siblings since 2001...

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Walthamstow man takes part in prestigious reception on homelessness

05 APR 2011

Homeless LinkWebb.JPGOn 22 March, Leon Sobers, a former resident of Chapter 1’s Walthamstow hostel, Stephen House, attended a Parliamentary reception and spoke about his experiences as a homeless young person in this area.

The event was organised by Homeless Link, which represents homeless charities working in England. They have over recent years made huge progress in supporting vulnerable homeless people to gain skills and get back into employment and housing. The success in moving people out of homelessness and into independence improves not only the well being of the person concerned but also helps the communities that in the past were blighted by the symptoms of homelessness....

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Chapter 1 and TABS travelled to Kenya

04 APR 2011

group KenyaWebb.JPG  This year Chapter 1 sent nine volunteers to Kenya for 17 days where they will be working at the TABS project site in a slum area in the town of Thika.  TABS International is a UK-based Christian charity which promotes the spiritual , mental, moral and physical development of young people by providing opportunities for them to volunteer to work in Christian projects overseas. The Kenya project is organised by TABS and supported by Chapter 1.  There is already a church and a basic school on the site in Thika, but eventually TABS plan to upgrade the school and add more classrooms, and build a community centre and workshop for training...

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Forty Pound Theatre handing over a cheque to Chapter 1 Kingsley House

04 APR 2011

Pic cropped Webb.JPGOn Thursday 3 February Forty Pound Theatre handed over a cheque for £1737.66 to Chapter 1 Kingsley House to support their work with homeless young people.  The money came from the pantomime, the Belle’s Stratagem, which was performed at the Bent Brief pub in Southampton at Christmas.  Olly Simpson, scheme manager for Chapter 1’s young people’s service in Southampton said: ‘Donations like this make an immense difference to us. They allow us to offer more opportunities and activities for our young residents, and seeing groups like Forty Pound supporting us, helps them feel part of the wider community...

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Chapter 1 rewards its 'Great 1s'

30 MAR 2011

National housing charity Chapter 1 has once again recognised the outstanding achievements of its staff, service users and volunteers.

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MP receives warm welcome at Homerton Space Project

10 DEC 2010

MPLocal MP for the London Borough of Hackney, Rt Hon Meg Hillier, visited Chapter 1's supported housing project Homerton Space at Chelmer Road on Friday 10th December 2010. During her visit Meg met with Project Director Lilieth Martin, as well as other support workers and service users.

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Chapter 1's own World Cup

30 AUG 2010

Ch1 World CupChapter 1's football extravaganza kicked off on Friday 6 August at Warwick University, with team players and supporters arriving from 15 different Chapter 1 projects throughout the country.

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Chapter 1 Gets Stuck in For Places of Change

25 MAY 2010

Ch1 Places for changeFour Chapter 1 projects were involved in the creation of the biggest ever show garden, Places of Change, at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Service users from Calverley Hill in Tunbridge Wells, FreshStart; St Austell and The Limes; Manchester, were amongst 500 homeless volunteers who contributed to the silver ...

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Prestigious Environmental Business Award won by Second Chance

11 MAY 2010

Ch1 AwardOn Tuesday 11th May 2010 Chapter 1 staff and volunteers from Second Chance Furniture Re-Use, attended the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards Presentation at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and in an Oscars style evening they scooped the Environmental Business Award sponsored & presented by Land Rover.

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