Big Help

The Big Help Project (Knowsley Foodbank) is a local charity in Liverpool with two clear aims: to feed the hungry, and to work with people who are in poverty to help them overcome that poverty and move on to a better future.

In the years they have been operating, they have worked with hundreds of clients-some of these clients have come to them once, with a one-off crisis, whilst others engage with them long-term, accessing support from their additional services such as Jubilee Debt Advice or Next Steps employability support.

Big Help is committed to the rehabilitation of ex-offenders and, at the heart of their credo to return their clients back into society, is the ability to provide the opportunity for all to live in a stable environment. Decent affordable housing is both a basic right and the path to rehabilitation; for, without such access to stable shelter, everything else falls apart.

In November Big Help was commissioned directly by the Home office to rehabilitate a specialist group of ex-offenders and this sort of housing will complement this work and by taking on such initially rented units we can plan further ahead with the Probation Service, and ensure a better outcome for the ex-offenders we serve.

Whatever their role has been, they are honoured to have the opportunity to support people in their local area at a time of crisis in their lives.

The Big Help Project is a faith-based organisation. They are committed to helping those in need, whatever their beliefs or views, without reservation or judgement. However, they will always challenge, through word and deed, any ideologies that perpetuate poverty and injustice.

Lotus Sanctuary

Lotus Sanctuary is a community interest company with the pure and simple intention of housing and empowering vulnerable women suffering a range of complex issues; from rough sleepers to domestic violence victims, sexually exploited women and those seeking to get free from drug and alcohol addictions. They equip their residents with the skills that are vital to leading successful, independent lives. Their houses are small with no more than four residents per property in order to avoid a “hostel” like environment, to ensure individualised support and to aid in the resident’s path to independent living.

Each resident is assigned a dedicated support worker who is tasked with tailoring an empowerment plan, assisting them on their journey with us at Lotus Sanctuary and beyond. Their support thesis is based around a holistic approach which is person centred; offering the residents emotional and practical support to aid the healing process and to solve on-going issues. They walk hand in hand with their residents in developing the skills and confidence needed to lead purposeful, contributing and joyous lives.

Network Housing

Network Housing Solutions Ltd is an organisation formed to provide an innovative approach to the growing demand for alternative options to costly emergency and temporary accommodation.

The rising housing crisis in London and the introduction of the new Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, obliging councils to provide help to those threatened with losing their homes within 56 days, is putting a strain on all London Borough Councils.

They are aware of the need to provide a solution to this, as everybody deserves quality and secure housing. Therefore they take a partnership approach to their business with Local Authorities and aid with housing shortages and the prevention of homelessness by helping councils to achieve government targets.

Their professional employees hold years of combined previous experience in the social housing and care sectors and have built up strong working relationships with our partners and local authorities. Their relocations coordinators effectively assist to provide bespoke solutions, providing the best start to clients relocating with them.

Their organisations’ aim is to improve living circumstances and provide support in securing future prospects for clients. They therefore strive to source suitable, low cost residential properties, in locations Nationwide and work closely with various government and voluntary organisations, to support and integrate our clients into their new surroundings.

Their combination of housing and support services, deliver a cost-effective way to help people live more stable, productive lives. Long term accommodation and hands on support combined is widely believed to work especially well for those who face complex challenges and individuals or families confronted with serious issues. These may include low-income families, voluntary/ involuntary homelessness, ex-offenders, and victims of domestic violence, all of which can pose serious challenges to a successful and enjoyable life.

They ensure all our properties fall within the relevant Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates and comply with all the necessary safety regulations by carrying out thorough property inspections.

Resurgo Trust 

Resurgo means “to rise up again.” Their vision is for ordinary people to create extraordinary impact by rising up and addressing social challenges in an entrepreneurial and scalable way.

Their initiatives are Spear, an award-winning programme helping disadvantaged young people into work or education; Ventures, which supports emerging social entrepreneurs to make a positive impact on society, Consulting; which provides coaching services to organisations looking to improve outcomes; and Apprenticeships, which helps organisations develop an apprenticeship training programme to meet their needs.

Over the past 15 years, the Spear programme has worked with 5,000 young people. 75% of young people who complete the programme not only get into work, but are still there a year later. In July 2010, following six months of due diligence, Resurgo was adopted onto the Impetus PEF venture philanthropy portfolio to support its impact, replication and growth. In 2013, Resurgo won the Guardian Charity Awards recognised for their outstanding contribution to social welfare, excellence and innovation amongst small and medium sized charities. They were listed as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces in the Great Place to Work Awards 2016.