Michael House is an award-winning Dorset based homelessness charity who have been supporting and rebuilding lives since 1992.
As Michael House is an independently run charity, they are dependent on sponsorship and donations to be able to continue the work they are doing. They arrange regular fundraising events, such as the upcoming jazz night at Shelley Theatre, to raise much-needed funds to continue running their shelter in Boscombe.
Sponsoring a Room
After meeting Mark Horsford from Michael House at a local event in Bournemouth, Cirro agreed to sponsor a bed to as part of a match fundraising campaign. Cirro’s MD Michael Owen and FD Simon Edginton then went to visit Michael House to understand the work they do in more detail, Simon was “taken back by the fabulous job that these guys are doing for people in need, its so much more than a shelter, its a safe environment that encourages and supports people to take control and rebuild their lives”.
After the visit, Cirro increased the sponsorship from a bed to a room and will to become a long term supporter of Michael House.
More than a Shelter
Michael House is so much more than a standard shelter providing beds for homeless people. A passionate group of staff, with Chief Executive Mark Horsford at the helm, says their focus is to “provide more sustainable solutions for the people staying with them, so they have something to fall back on after leaving the shelter.”
That involves various projects and activities to allow people to process some of the more challenging mental struggles they are facing, such as art therapy to allow the residents to process and express their challenging feelings in a safe environment.
Bournemouth in Bloom Winner
Michael House has also won a Bournemouth in Bloom awards for the garden
Bike Repair Service
Michael House runs a number of different projects at their main house in Boscombe: A very popular bike repair service where they train people to be able to repair bikes and create a sustainable project that benefits the wider community.
The shelter has an award-winning back garden that shows off some of the amazing gardening projects they have going: A little house for a hedgehog that has made their garden home, various up-cycling projects, such as old pipes for planters, a huge bees and bugs hotel, a lovely herb garden, a pond and much more.
They also have a number of activities to keep the residents engaged on a daily basis, such as the very popular dartboard, which has been so popular that they managed to get the 2015 World Dart Champion Scotty Dog Mitchell, to visit and play with the residents. They rotate house duties such as kitchen service, tidying and cleaning to keep everyone engaged and involved in the house community.
Mark says: “By providing respect, care and support to all residents, we aim to restore self-esteem, assist with life skills, access further education where necessary, facilitate training for employment to enable individuals to rebuild their own lives and reintegrate back into the community”.
Michael House has helped so many people get off the streets and rebuild their life, watch Katie’s Story.
For more information on Michael House: https://michaelhouse.co.uk/
To find homeless support services local to you visit https://streetsupport.net