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Depaul helps people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Sleepout Stars

Last year, by holding a school sleepout or "sleep-in", hundreds of children raised thousands of pounds to support Depaul UK's work with homeless and vulnerable young people.

Our President, Sir Trevor McDonald, said: "By becoming Depaul Sleepout Stars, your pupils can make a difference to the lives of others, find out more about youth homelessness and raise vital funds for this most worthy cause."

 

When: World Homeless Day. During October school children nationwide will be joining the Sleepout Stars and taking part in the annual Depaul UK School Sleepout

Where: Your school playground or hall

Why: Every year 80,000 young people in the UK experience homelessness and this number is on the rise. Depaul UK believes every young person should have a safe place to call home and our Sleepout Stars are helping make this happen.

What is a Sleepout? A sleepout focuses attention on just how hard life can become for a young person who has exhausted other options and finds themselves sleeping outside. We suggest your Sleepout takes place in your school playground or fields.

What is a Sleep-in? A sleep-in could take place inside your main hall or gym. This could be a great way of raising awareness as most youth homelessness is 'hidden' from sight, with young people sofa surfing with friends or family members until their welcome wears out.

Complete the form below and we will be in touch with your organiser's pack and full range of Sleepout Stars resources, including assembly presentations for primary and secondary schools.

Get in touch on 020 7939 1281 or email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

 

 

Apply

Please let us know if you’re happy for us to get in touch with you with information about our life-changing work, and about our campaigns and fundraising in the following ways:

You can always opt-out of hearing from us by calling 0207 939 1220 or emailing depaul@depaulcharity.org.uk at any stage.

    Pyjama Day

    Your school can make a real difference and support Depaul's work with homeless and vulnerable young people by organising a Pyjama Day!

     

    When? World Homeless Day so any time in October is great.

    How? Pupils collect sponsorship or make a suggested donation of £1-£2 to spend the day at school in their pyjamas. Set up a JustGiving page for your school to make donating even more quick and easy at: www.justgiving.com/depaul

    Why? Holding a Pyjama Day focuses attention on just how difficult life can become for a young person who has exhausted other options and finds themselves sleeping outside. As your pupils are putting on their pyjamas and getting ready for bed, hundreds of homeless young people across the UK won't have a bed of their own to sleep in. ​

     

    Most importantly, have fun!  Pick a theme, superhero PJs or onesies?

     

    Register your school or group and we will be in touch with your fundraising pack and lesson plans to help raise awareness of youth homelessness.

     

    Get in touch on 020 7939 1281 or email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk - we’ll be happy to help.

     

    Apply

    Please let us know if you’re happy for us to get in touch with you with information about our life-changing work, and about our campaigns and fundraising in the following ways:

    You can always opt-out of hearing from us by calling 0207 939 1220 or emailing depaul@depaulcharity.org.uk at any stage.

      North East Rough Runner 2018

       

      2018 will see Rough Runner arrive in the North East for the very first time! Join the Depaul team and run, climb, slide and crawl your way through one of the most exciting challenges this year.

      Rough Runner is an obstacle course challenge, combining distance running with a variety of obstacles along the way, each inspired by game shows such as Total Wipeout, Takeshi’s Castle, Gladiators, and Fun House. Expect a 40m slide, giant pigeon battles, sweeper arms, big balls and yes, The Travelator!

      With a 5km, 10km and 15km route available across the most ridiculously beautiful place, featuring loads of forest paths, plenty of riverside running and some stunning meadows, you’ll have a host of natural obstacles along with up to 20 of our immense challenges.

      Have fun and help end homelessness

      When: July 21 2018

      Where: Lambton Estate

      Fundraising Target: £150

      Get in touch below to sign up at a discounted rate and get your Depaul running vest, training tips and fundraising ideas today!

      Apply

      Please let us know if you’re happy for us to get in touch with you with information about our life-changing work, and about our campaigns and fundraising in the following ways:

      You can always opt-out of hearing from us by calling 0207 939 1220 or emailing depaul@depaulcharity.org.uk at any stage.

        Kate Summers

        Kate Summers

        Executive Director of People, Quality and Equality

        Kate.Summers@depaulcharity.org.uk

        Progression Coach

        Job titleJob reference number
        Progression Coach2505.PC.WBH
        SalaryHours per week
        £21,975 plus pension and other benefits37.5
        Contract typeLocation
        PermanentWestbourne House, London W2 5QT

        Depaul helps people around the UK who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged, with a special focus on young people. We are a homelessness charity with the largest network of emergency accommodation for young people in the UK, making a difference to the lives of thousands of young people each year. We are unique, innovative and very passionate about what we do, working in the very heart of local communities.

        You will have a vital role to play in helping us achieve our mission of offering homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.

        Since we started in 1989, we have helped more than 63,000 young people. To find out more about the work we do, check out the rest of the website or follow us on Facebook.

         

        To succeed in this role you will be:

        Passionate about working with young people, with the drive to help them achieve their potential and lead positive, independent lives.

        Skilled at engaging clients in a one-to-one setting; this role involves working with vulnerable young people with diverse support needs & challenging behaviour.

        Skilled at implementing support plans and reviewing these to ensure that the changing needs of the young people are met. 

        Experienced at working in collaboration with multi-agency/multi-disciplinary teams; other duties include housing management and administration.

        Knowledgeable about the Supporting People framework, QAF and the Children’s Act.

         

        Westbourne House provides around the clock service to our clients. Therefore, flexibility to work a rota shift and perform sleep-in duties is critical for ensuring that our clients' needs are being consistently met. The shift length and hours vary with a typical shift lasting 17.5 hours.

        In return, we will ensure that you get adequate rest breaks and days off between shifts so that you are fully recharged and recuperated to keep delivering our quality service. You will also receive an enhanced 36 days of annual leave per year (excluding weekends and bank holidays), which is the way that Depaul UK shows appreciation for the amazing work our Progression Coaches do. We also offer a contributory pension scheme, life assurance and childcare voucher scheme.

        Depaul strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. If you require information to be sent to you in an alternative format please let us know by contacting recruitment@depaulcharity.org.uk or 0207 939 1250.

        An enhanced DBS disclosure is a requirement for this post. Our recruitment checks, induction and ongoing support and supervision reflect our commitment to safeguarding our clients.

        Closing date:  06/06/2018 at midday

        Interview date:  15/06/2018 

        Please complete the below application documents and return to recruitment@depaulcharity.org.uk no later than the closing date and time stated above. Applications received after the deadline will not be put forward for shortlisting, and CVs will not be considered.

        We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.

        Application Documents

        The Depaul Box Company

        Do you want to help homeless young people but don't know where to start?

        If you are moving house or putting stuff in storage, use the Depaul Box Company! 

        Instead of just relying on donations, the Depaul Box Company is our way to raise funds for our work while supplying you with boxes when you need them. 

        Our boxes look, cost and work exactly the same as all the others out there. The only difference is ours do a lot of good for the homeless.

        By using a box, you can ensure a young person doesn’t have to sleep on one!

         

        Senior Progression Coach

        Job titleJob reference number
        Senior Progression Coach2505.SPC.WBH
        SalaryHours per week
        £13,500 pro-rata PA plus pension and other benefits (£27,000 FTE)18.75
        Contract typeLocation
        PermanentWestbourne House, London W2 5QT

        Depaul helps people around the UK who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged, with a special focus on young people. We are a homelessness charity with the largest network of emergency accommodation for young people in the UK, making a difference to the lives of thousands of young people each year. We are unique, innovative and very passionate about what we do, working in the very heart of local communities.

        You will have a vital role to play in helping us achieve our mission of offering homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.

        Since we started in 1989, we have helped more than 63,000 young people. To find out more about the work we do, see the rest of the website or follow us on Facebook.

        Westbourne House is seeking to fill a part-time position for 18.75 hours per week. Operating from Westbourne House, the Senior Progression Coach is responsible for ensuring the effective and safe management of the service on a day to day basis. As well as holding a small case load of clients, you will hold line management responsibility for a number of staff, volunteers or students on placement, and hold responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of all clients, volunteers, visitors and staff in the service.

         

        To succeed in this role...

        • You will ensure the safety and wellbeing of clients in the service at all times including ensuring that safeguarding and emergency alert procedures are followed as laid out in Depaul’s Policy and Procedures.

        • You will hold specific responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of the environment for clients, staff, visitors and volunteers through regular risk assessment, health and safety checks and reporting in accordance with the Health and Safety Policy.

        • You will have the ability to deputise in the absence of the manager.

        • You will hold line management responsibility for Progression Coaches and any other staff as deemed appropriate by your line manager, including undertaking supervision, appraisals and all other aspects of staff management.

        • You will liaise with Depaul’s internal departments including Finance, HR, Fundraising and Business Development as necessary to ensure the smooth running of the service.

        • You will ensure the accurate collection and recording of rent, charges and petty cash and the countersigning of invoices to support good financial management in the service.

        • You will retain oversight of repairs and maintenance reporting to ensure the building is kept in good order and safe for clients to reside in.

        • Working within a support or care environment and dealing with vulnerable people in a residential setting.

        • Excellent communication skills and an understanding of confidentiality are essential.

        • You will be client focused with experience of devising successful specialist interventions tailor-made to individual needs.

          In return we can offer a range of employee benefits including; competitive salary, five weeks annual holiday plus bank holidays (rising to six weeks plus bank holidays), contributory pension scheme, life assurance and childcare voucher scheme.

          Depaul strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. If you require information to be sent to you in an alternative format please let us know by contacting recruitment@depaulcharity.org.uk or 0207 939 1250.

          An enhanced DBS disclosure is a requirement for this post.

          Our recruitment checks, induction and ongoing support and supervision reflect our commitment to safeguarding our clients.

          Closing date:   13/06/2018 at midday

          Interview date:  22/06/2018

          Please complete the below application documents and return to recruitment@depaulcharity.org.uk by the closing date and time stated above. Applications received after the deadline will not be put forward for shortlisting. CVs will not be considered.

          We kindly request no contact from recruitment or media agencies.

        Application Documents

        The Depaul Box Company

        Do you want to help homeless young people but don't know where to start?

        If you are moving house or putting stuff in storage, use the Depaul Box Company! 

        Instead of just relying on donations, the Depaul Box Company is our way to raise funds for our work while supplying you with boxes when you need them. 

        Our boxes look, cost and work exactly the same as all the others out there. The only difference is ours do a lot of good for the homeless.

        By using a box, you can ensure a young person doesn’t have to sleep on one!

         

        Is It Right?

        At Depaul UK we want to ensure that all of our customers have a fair, consistent and accessible way of making complaints. That is why we have procedures in place that can be used by any resident, service user, neighbour or member of the general public.

        We recognise and value your feedback and believe that this can help us to improve how we deliver our services to you.

        Download our complaints, comments and compliments form at the bottom of the page and contact depaul@depaulcharity.org.uk to request it in another format or to request a copy of our Complaints, Comments and Compliments Policy and Procedures.

         

        You can

        • Make a complaint if you are dissatsified with one of our services and want us to put something right.
        • Make a comment if you have an idea, suggestion or observation about one of our services.
        • Make a compliment if we got something right.

         

        What is a complaint?

        A complaint is an expression of disattisfaction. Complaints let us know when one of our customers (you) is unhappy with one or more of the services that we provide. Making a complaint gives us the opportunity to put things right and make changes. We will accept complaints in writing - by letter, email and through filling in one of our Complaints, Comments and Compliments forms.

        You can use the same form to make a comment or compliment.

        Please note if your complaint is regarding Anti-social Behaviour we have dedicated procedures to deal with this. Please contact us for more information or to make a report.

        What is a comment?

        A comment is a suggestion, idea or observation about our services. Any customer can make a comment about our services, how they access our services, the staff that deliver them and so on.

        Comments help us to be innovative and creative about the way in which we deliver our services to customers. When we receive a comment from you, we will write to you to thank you and let you know how we have used your suggestions and ideas to make improvements.

        What is a compliment?

        A compliment is positive feedback from a customer regarding an area of our service, or service delivery. A compliment may also be about the person who provided the service, or more generally about the service we have provided.

        Compliments let us know we are getting it right. When we receive a compliment from you, we will write to you to thank you and let you know how we have used your compliment.

        To make a complaint, comment or compliment please fill in the form at the bottom of the page and return it to any member of staff at Depaul UK. If you need help to complete it, a member of staff will be able to assist you.

         

        Our complaints procedure

        Informal resolution

        Before starting the process of making a formal complaint, please take the time to discuss your concerns with any member of staff. At this point we will look into the matters that you raise and try to resove them before starting the formal process. We want the opportunity to put things right for you as soon as possible.

         

        Formal complaints procedure

        Stage one

        Your complaint will be dealt with immediately by a member of staff and we will contact you with an outcome in writing within seven working days.

        Stage two

        If you are unhappy with the outcome of your complaint at stage 1, an Area Director or Assistant Area Director will oversee the investigation of the matters you have raised. They will appoint a peer manager who may speak with all parties involved.

        This will involve checking our procedures have been followed and reviewing the outcome you received at stage 1. You will be notified of their decision in writing within 10 working days.

        Stage three

        If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome at stage 1 and stage 2, an Executive Director will review your complaint in full and check that our procedures have been correctly followed. The Executive Director will also review the outcome you received at stage 1 and 2, and will write to you to inform you of their decision within 10 working days.

        Still not satisfied?

        If you have received a decision at Stage 3 and are still not satisfied, you can escalate the matter further to an independent body such as: the Housing Ombudsman, Homes and Communities Agency (for residents of Depaul Housing Services), your Local Authority, Citizens Advice, a Recognised Designated Person, your local MP or Solicitor. For details of how to contact any of the above organisations or authorities, please speak to any member of staff from Depaul UK or email depaul@depaulcharity.org.uk

         

        Download the Complaints, Comments and Compliments leaflet below:

        Depaul resident awarded scholarship

        May 21st, 2018

        Depaul UK resident Lisalouise Macgregor has been awarded a university scholarship – after her photography was displayed at a prestigious exhibition.

        Lisalouise, 21, who currently lives in supported accommodation run by homelessness charity Depaul UK in Greenwich, south-east London, was over the moon when she learnt of her triumph at an exhibition of photographs by people affected by homelessness, at The Guardian’s headquarters, on Thursday, 17 May.

        She will now achieve her dream of studying design and digital media at Ravensbourne, a specialist college for the creative industries, in north Greenwich, London.

        Delighted Lisalouise said: “I’ve always wanted to do this. When I experienced the major part of my homelessness, I was applying for uni. So, this is meant to be! I didn’t go to uni because of homelessness and now it’s just come back around because of homelessness.

        “Depaul has helped me a lot. They found the [photography] course for me. It wasn’t easy but he [her support worker] didn’t just give up. He actually found an activity that suited me. During the course he was always asking me for updates and wanted to know how it was going.

        “I feel like I want to go to university tomorrow. Before, I’d be sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t have a house. I don’t have this. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t have a job’. Now it’s OK.”

        Lisalouise was awarded the scholarship at a private viewing of the “Displacement” photography exhibition, organised by Accumulate, a charity providing creative workshops to young people affected by homelessness.

        The scholarship was funded by estate agency Brickworks London, the ethical estate agency.

        Depaul UK CEO Mike Thiedke said: “We would like to congratulate Lisalouise on her amazing achievement. This is a life-changing opportunity which we’re sure she’s ready to grasp with both hands.

        "At Depaul, we’re proud of the support we provided to help her find something that inspired her to achieve such great things.

        “We’re also grateful to Accumulate who provide creative courses which can really inspire young people like Lisalouise. This is a great example of charities across the sector working together to give people the opportunities to shine and reach their potential.”

          Bridging the Gap Coordinator

          Job titleJob reference number
          Bridging the Gap Coordinator1705.BGC.NE
          SalaryHours per week
          £13,470 pro rata per annum (£22,450 full-time equivalent)22.5 (FTE 37.5)
          Contract typeLocation
          Fixed term for 12 months initiallySouth Shields, NE34 0XB

          Depaul helps people around the UK who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged. We are a homelessness charity with the largest network of emergency accommodation for young people in the UK, making a difference to the lives of thousands of young people and vulnerable adults each year. We are unique, innovative and very passionate about what we do, working in the very heart of local communities.

          You will have a vital role to play in helping us achieve our mission of offering homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to fulfil their potential and move towards an independent and positive future.

          Since we started in 1989, we have helped more than 63,000 vulnerable people. To find out more about the work we do visit our website or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/depauluk.

          We are looking for an outstanding individual who will deliver the Bridging the Gap project alongside our existing services for young people in South Tyneside. The Bridging the Gap Coordinator works within our South Tyneside Pathway to provide support and guidance to young people looking to move into their own accommodation and those starting education, training, employment or volunteering.

          To succeed in this role you will have experience of working directly with vulnerable people and be empathic towards the challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness. You will be an experienced practitioner, used to working alongside professionals, landlords, vulnerable people, colleagues and volunteers. You will be a confident and determined individual who is passionate about helping people gain the skills and knowledge to find stability in their lives and help them on the journey to a positive and independent future.   

          In return we can offer a range of employee benefits including; competitive salary, five weeks annual holiday plus bank holidays (rising to six weeks plus bank holidays), contributory pension scheme, life assurance and childcare voucher scheme.

          Depaul strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. If you require information to be sent to you in an alternative format please let us know by contacting recruitment@depaulcharity.org.uk or 0207 939 1250.

          An enhanced DBS disclosure is a requirement for this post. Our recruitment checks, induction and ongoing support and supervision reflect our commitment to safeguarding our clients.

          Closing date:   06.06.18  at midday

          Interview date:  15.06.18    

          Please complete the below application documents and return to recruitment@depaulcharity.org.uk  by no later than the closing date and time stated above as applications received after the deadline will not be put forward for shortlisting,  CVs will also not be considered.

          https://uk.depaulcharity.org/about-us/current-vacancies

          We kindly request no contact from Recruitment or Media Agencies.

          Application Documents

          The Depaul Box Company

          Do you want to help homeless young people but don't know where to start?

          If you are moving house or putting stuff in storage, use the Depaul Box Company! 

          Instead of just relying on donations, the Depaul Box Company is our way to raise funds for our work while supplying you with boxes when you need them. 

          Our boxes look, cost and work exactly the same as all the others out there. The only difference is ours do a lot of good for the homeless.

          By using a box, you can ensure a young person doesn’t have to sleep on one!

           

          Get Up and Go Development Volunteer - NE

          LocationHours per week
          North East - Whitley Bay4
          Checks neededExpenses
          DBS check and referencesTravel expenses to and from workplace and out of pocket expenses will be paid.

          Are you energetic, organised and ready to help young people at risk of homelessness? We're looking for volunteers to support our Get up and Go programme of classes and workshops - covering everything from budgeting skills to cookery and crafts to debate clubs.

          Based in Whitley Bay, the Get Up and Go Development Volunteer will support the Get Up and Go coordinator in the development and delivery of a weekly timetable of group activities enabling young people to receive support in their transition to independent living.

          A minimum time commitment of four hours per week for at least six months is requested.

           

          Key tasks will include:

          • Organising, planning and leading activities to include: cooking, employability, sports, crafts, discussion groups and many more.
          • Liaising with staff, volunteers and partner organisations regarding delivery and promotion of upcoming activities, events and workshops.
          • Liaising with external organisations to arrange taster days and events, and supporting young people to attend these.
          • Understanding and upholding internal procedures.

           

          Our volunteers benefit from:

          • Reimbursement of all genuine out-of-pocket expenses
          • Full liability insurance cover whilst volunteering at a Depaul UK project
          • Appreciation events to recognise the contributions of voluntary workers
          • Personal and professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation
          • References provided after three months of volunteering
          • One-to-one support and reflection sessions
          • Volunteer forums
          • The knowledge that their volunteering will make a real difference in the lives of young people

           

          About Depaul

          Depaul UK is a national youth homelessness charity, founded in 1989 in response to the growing number of homeless people on the streets of London. 

          We support young people by:

          • Offering a safe place to stay in a crisis,
          • Helping them to take the step from homelessness into stable housing, and
          • Providing specialist long-term support to help get lives back on track.

          Learn more about Our Projects, Our Stories, Our People and Our Fundraising.

           

          If you would like to learn more about the role and making an application, contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Jobling.

          Email: Amy Jobling, Amy.Jobling@depaulcharity.org.uk

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