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January 2016

A resident at PRHA's Daniel Gilbert House put on his first ever art exhibition last week.

In the build up to Christmas, Rob Keen had plenty to celebrate as he sold several of the paintings and sketches he has made since becoming a resident six months ago.

 Rob's work is varied and original; this exhibition ranging from glitter-adorned sketches of Elvis and Johnny Rotten to classic paintings of landscapes he remembers from his time sleeping rough. 

Citing his father as his main source of inspiration, Rob also experimented with everyday objects to work interesting textures into his paintings, making use of teabags, sponges and glitter.

 He said: "I don't know anything about computers, but give me a pencil or a bit of paint and I'm alright."


 Rob plans to set up an arts and crafts workshop with a fellow resident to share his skills and has hopes of setting up a market stand on nearby Brick Lane.

See a slideshow of pictures from the exhibition below.


















































































































Grounded Ecotherapy celebrates 5th anniversary at Southbank Roof Garden

September 2015 saw Grounded Ecotherapy celebrate their fifth year working at the Southbank Roof Garden. The team held a celebration event to mark the occasion and to thank volunteers, supporters, funders & Southbank Centre staff.

Wild flowers, fresh veg and much more - FT journalist learns how PRHA's Grounded team maintain Southbank Roof Garden

Click here to read what FT journalist Harry Eyres saw with the Grounded Ecotherapy team at London's Southbank Centre. The Roof Garden is open until mid-September - it then closes for maintenance over the winter and will reopen in Spring 2014.

To find out more about Grounded Ecotherapy, visit their Facebook page - click here.

More ex-offenders helped as PRHA expand Linkworker team

Following a successful tender, staff from the Islington Link Worker team joined PRHA in Spring 2013. The Islington team bring a wealth of experience with them – they will enable PRHA to develop the services we offer to clients with mental health issues in the criminal justice system.

The Islington team are an integral part of the ‘Integrated Offender Management’ programme, which provides intensive support to prolific offenders. They liaise regularly with court, prison & police staff – ensuring that Islington clients with mental health issues receive the support they need to move away from offending.


Success in Health & Social Care!

12 PRHA tenants were presented with their NVQ Level 2 certificates in Health and Social Care in Summer 2013. Several are now tackling Level 3 of the course. 

Major building project creates more self-contained properties for homeless people

A major project funded by the GLA under the 'Homelessness Change' Programme has created more self-contained accommodation at Daniel Gilbert House, one of PRHA's larger properties.  The project involved remodelling the building to create small flats, giving tenants more opportunity to build independent living skills such as budgeting and cooking for themselves. The first group of flats were finished in spring 2013 - the three-year project will be complete later in 2014.

Move-on news...Rent deposit schemes are under pressure - act now!

PRHA tenant Rob has moved to a studio flat after living at one of PRHA's hostels for the past two years. He looked for rental properties in the local area and on property websites. PRHA's resettlement officer worked with him to arrange viewings. The 6th viewing proved to be lucky - he was offered the flat!

Through a rent deposit scheme, Rob had money available to pay a deposit straight away - before anyone else beat him to it!

He said, "If you're looking for a move-on, don't turn down a viewing!"

He is now settling in to his new flat - 'a step on the ladder' - and will soon start training in construction work. 

Resettlement workers work with tenants to help them find furnishings and kitchen equipment for their new flat. Some additional tips include:

- apply for a 'Community Grant'

- watch for bargains at charity shops

- register on 'Freecycle' (www.freecycle.org.uk) to search for free items in your area (nb:  you must collect)

Good luck!


'STAR in the Community' Awards...

Award for PRHA tenant!

PRHA tenant Colin Field was recognised as an 'inspirational resident' at the Tower Hamlets STAR in the Community Awards, held in November 2012 at the Marriott Hotel, Canary Wharf.

STAR Awards November 2012

Photo:  Jim Fitzpatrick MP (left) and David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation, present Colin Field with his STAR Award

Colin has organised many social events for his fellow tenants, including Christmas dinners, regular brunch and coffee mornings and quizzes.


Service user interviews...

Working for success - listen to our service users talking about their future!

Our service users have ambitions to find secure employment or start their own business.

James is training in catering - click here to hear his story.

Ercan is setting up his own small business - click here to find out more!


Fundraising for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital...

A record year!

Each year, service users at one of our hostels hold a barbecue, pool competition and raffle. In 2012, they raised over £600 in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

Fundraising Barbecue 2012

Competition entrants helped to raise funds.


Olympics success!

Congratulations to our service users who volunteered or found paid work with the London 2012 Olympics!

Being in Tower Hamlets, one of the five 'Olympic Boroughs', means our tenants and service users had a bird's eye view of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Some of them got involved in the Olympics doing volunteer or paid roles.

Here's one of our volunteers showing off her Olympic uniform. She worked with audiences, athletes and staff at various Olympic venues.

Maria - Olympic Volunteer