Success stories

Our success in helping guests of the night shelter.

  • This winter season, 2018 – we have facilitated the housing of 25 individuals.
  • Eight night shelter guests have been repatriated.
  • We supported and sheltered 36 individuals whilst other agencies finalised and facilitated their housing and wrote referrals in support of the housing. There has been a significant increase in multi-agency working.
  • Seven guests found their own accommodation.
  • We worked with social services to get three guests into mother and baby units.
  • Two guests went from the nightshelter into hospice care.
  • Four guests were housed by the council after we requested their cases be re-examined.

Selected highlights season 4 – 1 Nov 2016 – May 2017

  • At the end of last year the BBC2 documentary ‘No place to call home’ helped to raise the profile of homelessness and the work of H4BD.

We received donations from schools and individuals in addition to a sleep out by staff at a local school.

H4BD provided 3,920 bed spaces for men and women aged over 18 from the borough of Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Of this number 3,749 bed spaces have been occupied.

We have had 116 individuals stay with us 69 men and 47 women. The average stay in the nightshelter is a little over 5 weeks.

We saw a month on month increase in regards to mental health diagnoses in our guests and expect this to continue to rise especially as we began to receive referrals from the Mental Health Street Triage teams.

  • During this period, 15 guests were in employment when entering the nightshelter.
  • 22 guests have gained full time employment since accessing the nightshelter.
  • Four have gone onto higher education.
  • 12 gained their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards.
  • Eight guests have gone from being in the nightshelter to volunteering at outside support services.

Selected highlights season 3 – November 2015 – 15 May 2016

  • Over 30 volunteers served from over 9 churches, including
    Seven Anglican churches from the Barking & Dagenham Deanery:
    St. Patrick’s, St. Erkenwald’s, Christ Church, Dagenham Parish Church, St.Elisabeth’s, St Mary’s and St Chad’s.
  • Four Anglican church venues were used to host the shelter:
    Christ Church, St. Elisabeth’s, St Mary’s and St Chad’s.
    Two Baptist Churches and one United Reformed Church
    420 enquiries/ referrals were received:
      – o/w the majority came from CRI/ Probation Service / Source
      – the next largest number of referrals (123) were self referrals.

96 people stayed in the shelter (Total cost: £17,349)
– est. £180 per person for 6 months
– est. £6.95 per person per week

  • 57 individuals housed
  • Four individuals repatriated
  • Some new professions of faith
  • Various church members greatly encouraged and envisioned.

“Getting involved in the work of H4BD has brought life back to our church.” – from the vicar of one church.