Posted: Monday 3rd December 2018
Julian House, based in Bath, spends all year round supporting the most vulnerable in society – people who are sleeping in our shop doorways, our car parks and who are hidden away in woods and alongside canals and riverbanks. We meet people from all walks of life who have lost everything – their families, their jobs, their homes. We meet adults who haven’t had the childhood they deserve – it has been blighted by abuse from people they should have been able to trust. Everyone we support is struggling to survive the harsh realities of trying to get back on their feet. This takes time and expertise from specialist support workers who work tirelessly to help people thrive and reach their full potential.
Winter, and Christmas in particular, is a stark reminder of the loneliness felt by people sleeping rough or in hostels. Julian House directly provides 139 beds in supported accommodation across the Avon and Somerset area and beyond. We open up Safesleep for rough sleepers in Bath which means an additional 20 beds to the 30 we already have in our hostels. We believe no-one should have to sleep rough.
Not only do we tackle the crisis of people sleeping rough on our streets but we provide services that mean individuals, families and young people are prevented from getting to that crisis point. We accommodate and support families and individuals escaping domestic abuse, offenders, those in recovery from addiction; the long term unemployed. Anyone who feels excluded from society can access our services. What they receive is the support they need to move on positively in their lives. One of our clients recently told us:
“Julian House really helped me when I found myself homeless. I am really grateful for all the support I received. Without the kindness of Julian House I don’t know what would have happened to me”. (Manvers Street Hostel Resident)
We cannot provide all that we do 365 days a year without the support of the public and so we would ask you to look at our video and consider donating to our annual Christmas appeal which raises vital funds for Julian House.
Not just changing lives – often saving lives.