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Blog on "Benefits Street"

Progress and thoughtsPosted by Rachel Holliday Mon, January 27, 2014 09:01:34

I am very proud to know the young lady who has written this very much needed blog. Please read and share. Well done Jodie, a credit to young people.


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2013 Homeless Figures

Progress and thoughtsPosted by Rachel Holliday Tue, October 29, 2013 18:42:53

"We don't have homeless people round here". Or so I am told...

I have contacted Copeland Borough Council and Allerdale Borough Council to find out how many people have asked their homeless departmentfor help in 2013.........


Eight Hundred and Forty Six people in West Cumbria have been to their local council to ask for help with homelessness....and the figures are still rising...

Please spread the word and join Time to Change (West Cumbria) Project to do something about it......Those who believe there is “no homeless problem” in our area cannot dispute these very real figures.

Do something today, get in touch www.ttcwestcumbria.org Help us help the homeless…..

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CVS Funding Fair

Progress and thoughtsPosted by Rachel Holliday Fri, October 25, 2013 17:21:15
Just a little update as to my visit to Kendal on Wednesday! I took part in a "Funding Fair". My very first and I was so glad I went! Met face to face with some fantastic people who had invaluable advice for me. I also had a wonderful chat with a lovely lady from the Big Lottery which gave me a real boost to keep going!.

I sat in on a seminar about how to write funding applications and how to evidence the need for my project which I find really helpful.

here is a pic of me rather nervous at the beginning of it all :)

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Visit to Homeless Project

Progress and thoughtsPosted by Rachel Holliday Fri, October 25, 2013 16:16:29

Visit to The Wirral Ark.

I had a fascinating visit to a very successful project in Wirral. They run a direct access hostel which can take 21 males and 4 females. They also provide supported accommodation and I had the pleasure of visiting "The Grand Trunk". A converted pub with office base and 6 studio flats above. The staff I met had taken a lot of time to read through my business plan, financials and website.

They had a lot of very helpful advice and ideas. They have also kindly offered to support me from afar! The staff employed at the Wirral Ark are truly inspirational. What these guys don’t know about homelessness isn’t worth knowing! I had in my mind a set way of how my project would look, but since my visit I have been deep in thought about the changes I can, and should, make for the better.

I met with David Harrison who is s a housing manager at the grand trunk. It was a really lovely place. So homely, light and airy. There was client’s art work hanging on the wall and hanging baskets outside. They initially struggled with opposition from the local community as I have, however they worked hard to work with the community to include them. I learned a lot through listening to the creativity in addressing these issues. Now they have members of the local community who initially opposed the idea volunteering!

I was so surprised at how much income the project raised themselves in fundraising. This has inspired me to look within myself to raise funds to get TTC up and running.

Their next mission is the coast to coast bike ride made up of their staff and service users. I have been invited along! I’ll certainly be there to wave them off, but as optimistic as I am, Id struggle to bike around the park never mind 120 miles!! Along with raising money for their project and raising awareness of homelessness, Dave told me about the main benefits to the service users. Some have never even been out of their home town before. They will all be sleeping, eating and experiencing the journey and the achievements together.

Their passion and determination for their project shines through and is infectious.

They have all been so helpful and gave me a real insight into hostel accommodation. They are all in touch regularly wanting to help out as much as possible. Their experience and knowledge is invaluable to me and will help shape our project here in West Cumbria.


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Just an update

Progress and thoughtsPosted by Rachel Holliday Thu, August 29, 2013 21:02:28
Well its been a rollercoaster these past few months and so much has happened. Back in March I went along to meet the team at our Foodbank in Workington. I wanted to know what their views were of homelessness in our area. I was emailed this statement;

Foodbank and the Homeless

Since the Workington Distribution Centre of the North Lakes Foodbank opened in October 2012, we have been acutely aware of the lack of provision for homeless people in West Cumbria. Over the winter, when it was bitterly cold and wet, there were men we helped with food who were sleeping in the bus shelter, in a boat or in a tent (if they were lucky). Recently, a young man had been in a tent for three weeks since his release from prison, as there was no suitable accommodation for him. The temptation to re-offend is great.

People regularly ask if we know of any available rooms. Sadly, at present, the answer is usually “No”.

Fiona (Workington Centre Manager)

Winter will be on us once again shortly and nearly a year on there is still no shelter for the homeless of West Cumbria. Lets pull together and make it happen. If you can offer any help, or have any ideas, please let me know.

Rachel Holliday xxx

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Progress and thoughtsPosted by Garry Humphrey Tue, August 13, 2013 17:24:34
Hi We have set ourselves the challenge of having the website completed by 15/08/2013. No pressure there then. Any feedback is more than welcome to admin@ttcwestcumbria.org. We are also pleased to announce that the project will be featured in local newspapers in the very near future and a possible local radio based awareness campaign. More to follow. Please continue to help us make the project reach as wide an audience as possible by using the Facebook like feature or simply emailing your friends with our website address. We really couldn't make this project work without your support. Garry

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Progress and thoughtsPosted by Garry Humphrey Sun, August 11, 2013 18:22:14
Massive amounts of work done on the site today. smiley

online referral form completed for volunteering.
blog up and running
content and directors details done
paypal donate setup and integrated

A warm welcome to the new project directors. Details on the main site.

Still more work to be done but time to leave the site and West Cumbria for a couple of days.

Thanks so much for all the support while doing this project and for the hard work and commitment of the project director Rachel holliday.



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Rachel's blog (What is that about?)

Progress and thoughtsPosted by Garry Humphrey Sat, August 10, 2013 18:16:15
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Hi all,

Firstly welcome to the Time to Change or TTC West Cumbria projects blog. This is where Rachel Holliday will keep you up to date with the projects progress, news and events.

When you sign up for the blog you will receive email notifications as default but you can also choose to use newsfeeds by clicking the orange newsfeed icon link under the log out link above right.RSS Feed

There is also an optimised system for mobiles if you log on with your smart phone and experience any issues then click the mobiles link under the log out link above right.Mobile Site

Any other queries regarding this blog or website please contact me at admin@ttcwestcumbria.org

Garry Whiteford Humphrey

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