At our AGM on Sunday 7 April 2019 at Skinner Street URC, Poole, the Trustees’ and Financial Reports were given for the year 2017-18. As this AGM took place after the end of FY 2018-19, a report was also made of activities during that fiscal year to bring members up-to-date with a great many service enhancements and the current financial position.
Andrew Teale, service manager for rough sleeper team St Mungo’s, and Katie Bathy, CMHT nurse, spoke of how important R2R’s drop-ins have become to them as an engaging tool with their clients. Regular attendance there enables them to talk to clients in an informal and relaxed atmosphere and work closely with other healthcare providers to ensure better outcomes. Our patron, The Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, was in attendance and spoke of how pleased she was to see how the charity is extending its ability to help and moving forward with more drop-ins and extended opening hours.
Poole Council granted gold status for housing to our three tenants, which is the highest priority rating. Following this, the original three tenants have now moved out into independent accommodation in August, September and December 2018. Their replacements, rough sleepers, have moved in and one has been able to take on full time employment. We are grateful to Poole Council Housing team for all their support and look forward to continued progress with getting further rough sleepers into Amos House and then on to their own homes.
Bitterly cold weather triggered SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Provision) at the start of the New Year in Poole. St Mungo’s rough sleeper team provided shelter for 5 or 6 homeless people on 2 January 2019, for the first time at Skinner Street URC Hall instead of the less accessible out of town accommodation. Hot food was not available so Routes to Roots left packed lunches for them all for Wednesday and Thursday. As Friday night is an R2R drop-in evening, hot food was provided as usual. As temperatures rose above zero on week commencing 7 January, the rough sleeper team has had to deactivate SWEP until further notice.