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Tech Systemz supporting homeless project –  from sleeping bag to employment .
15/11/2017

Tech Systemz supporting homeless project – from sleeping bag to employment .

The Cathedral Archer Project (CAP) are really pleased to announce that Tech Systemz as their newest supporters.

 

Tech Systemz Limited is based in the Sheffield area and can deliver the right IT solution for any business.  Priding themselves on having a responsive, flexible and personal approach with each and every one of their customers.

 

As well as joining their popular Breakfast Club which ensures approximately 60/70 homeless and vulnerable of Sheffield get a hearty breakfast each morning, Tech Systemz will also be providing IT support to Just Works. 

 

Just Works, a Cathedral Archer Project initiative, uses a holistic approach to development through employment, support and healthy living. They develop health and wellbeing through a range of activity including regular counselling, yoga & sporting activities.  Crucially, the innovative programme also incorporates a graduated exposure to work through paid supported employment. They deliver cleaning & gardening contracts and have in-house businesses including “Printed By Us” where they produce prints, t-shirts and mugs designed by local artists. Just Works accepts referrals from all support agencies in Sheffield.

 

Terry Murphy, Just Works Programme Manager said “Just Works is the final piece in the jigsaw of CAPs goal of supporting vulnerable adults in Sheffield from sleeping bag to employment and happy and fulfilling lives. We are moving towards a sustainable model with all of the surplus income generated from our service contracts and microbusinesses being reinvested back into the enterprise. Support in kind from organisations like Tech Systemz helps us get closer to achieving this goal.”

 

Tracy Viner, (CAP) Marketing and Development Manager added, “This is very exciting times for our partnership with Tech Systemz as they understand that for the people who use the project to achieve the chance of employment we need to support them through all stages of their journey and by providing breakfast at CAP and IT support to Just works they are doing just that.”

Printed by Us at Peddlers Night Market
07/11/2017

Printed by Us at Peddlers Night Market

Our Chief Exec, Tim Renshaw, reflects on the work of Printed by Us at Peddlers Market last weekend

It's Friday Night. I’m at Peddler’s Market a busy food, drink and music event in Sheffield which happens once a month. We have a market stall to sell stuff we’ve made at Printed By Us and I’ve come along to help run it but I’m not needed.

I’m standing about 10 yards away and watching the lads on the stall selling. They’re talking to potential customers and passers-by and they look relaxed and confident. Inside I am buzzing, absolutely delighted.

A few months ago we were at a summer festival with the same stall and the lads set the stall up wonderfully but then looked at each other wondering what to do next. They lacked the confidence to make conversation with people.

A few months further back was the first day of printing. On that day the person who is now leader of the printing project lacked the confidence to turn up and take part and had to be cajoled.

What a journey? There is just 13 months between the first printing session and now but the people involved are transformed and they know it. The leader of the project has stopped amazing me. I’ve grown used to his confidence and competence. He tells me what to do with a calm ease. He organises the others and they don’t feel organised; that’s a skill we couldn’t teach, it’s just emerged as he has grown into the role.

Two of the lads who are engaging the passers-by do amaze me. They are laughing and smiling as they chat to people. One tells everyone why Printed By Us is important. He could talk about homelessness, alcohol or drugs but I can’t quite hear him. I hear him mention the Archer Project, where he volunteers every day, I hear him mention Just Works, which is supporting him to find paid work. He talks about his cookery and working with Blend, a local cookery school we introduced him to. From a sales perspective he talks too much but I can see that most of the people he talks to are asking questions and he is loving talking about living a good life. We haven’t asked him to do this, this is just his natural outgoing style.

The other lad doesn’t talk about his own life. He doesn’t need to and feels as though it is a thing of the past. He wants to move on. However, he does talk about the journey that Printed By Us has offered and how important new opportunities are for people who are stuck or caught up in negative habits. I watch as he talks about people doing well and working, and then about how the prints are made.

The people who buy are not persuaded to do so by stories of people doing well. They are impressed by the stories and most really like the idea of Printed By Us but they buy because the products are really good. The stall looks good and the prints are superb.

Printed By Us wasn’t dreamt up in a homeless project. It came about through a small local business encouraging its staff team to think up new ideas. From that Yoomee session Mark Musgrave came to the Cathedral Archer Project with an idea about teaching people who were homeless to screen print. Mark still works with us as a consultant to give direction, find artists and help choose designs. A year on and Printed By Us is a small business and instead of just learning to screen print, those involved have learned small business skills of selling, record keeping, giving good customer service and managing budgets.

Most importantly of all, it has changed those involved. Instead of the self-doubt and world weariness I used to see I have the utter pleasure of watching a team who are confident and forward looking. My job couldn’t get any better than this and Peddler Market couldn’t be a better place to celebrate at.

 

Tax break makes donating to charity easy
26/06/2017

Tax break makes donating to charity easy

Many people appreciate the important work that charities do across Britain and the wider world.

 Much of this work is funded through donations from the general public, and this can be in the form of a money bequeathed by someone in their will — known as a legacy.

 

What a lot of people might not know is that leaving money to charity in your will can reduce the overall level of inheritance tax you are required to pay.

 

Graysons Solicitors recently spoke to three Sheffield charities — Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) and Support Dogs — to find out the impact that legacies have on their overall funding. The charities confirmed that for some years, money left to them in wills accounted for as much as a quarter of their income, with one charity showing that this figure went up to more than a third over during one recent year.

 

Unfortunately, research specially commissioned by Graysons shows that people are less and less likely to consider leaving a legacy donation. As many as 48% of the 1,000 people questioned said they were ‘extremely unlikely’ to leave a legacy, with 9% ‘extremely likely’ and 9% ‘fairly likely’. This could have a huge impact on charities’ ability to conduct their crucial and much needed work.

 

However, these figures could change dramatically if more people were aware of the built in tax break that comes from leaving 10% of your net estate to charity. By making this commitment, you not only give to a worthy cause, you also cut the rate of Inheritance Tax (IHT) payable from 40% to 36%.

 

So if you are making provision for your will and would like to leave money to a charitable and worthwhile cause, remember that the amount you leave could be offset by a sizable IHT break.

 

 

For more information on ‘How Leaving Money to Charity Can Also Cut Your Inheritance Tax Bill’ and to read the full story, click here.

We're Hiring!
13/04/2017

We're Hiring!

Want to join a local, dynamic charity? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable? We have several exciting job opportunities for you to join the Cathedral Archer Project team. Read on to find out more.

Corporate Fundraiser

We are looking for an experienced corporate fundraiser to join our team.

Salary £20-23k DOE.

Deadline 30.4.17.

Email archer@archerproject.org.uk for Job Description and Person Specification.

Please pass on to anyone you think may be interested.

 

Housing First Support Worker

Role: to provide bespoke, person centred support to people engaged by the Housing First service.  The housing First service will support people to develop the skills, qualities and resilience to maintain tenanted accommodation.

Hours: 37 per week (job share would be considered) and will include some evening and weekend work.

Salary Scale: Senior Project Worker : £21,900 - £23,500 (depending on experience)

Fixed term contract 3 years (1st June – 30th April 2020)

Application closing date: 5pm Monday 1st May 2017

Applications to be sent to Anne McGolrick (anne@archerproject.org.uk)

Applicant Assessment: Thursday 4th May 2017

Interview date: Monday 8th May 2017

Email Anne (anne@archerproject.org.uk) for Job Description and Person Specification.

 

International Women's Day- A Time for Reflection
17/03/2017

International Women's Day- A Time for Reflection

Shelley* came to Cathedral Archer Project when she was 18. She was abused by both her step father and uncle and turned to sex work to earn money for her uncle’s heroin addiction. She became addicted too. When she came to us looking for somewhere to live, we supported her to work with the South Yorkshire Police and her uncle was eventually imprisoned. Shelley worked through her very low self-esteem to overcome her heroin addiction and stopped being a sex worker. She began to enjoy learning and doing new activities. After facing a second very bad and controlling relationship, Shelley was able to realise that she is a very strong person who is able to face setbacks and deal with them. In her words she “used the project to gain a life”. She is still in touch with the project to this day and is now in fulltime employment and a loving relationship.

Whilst women are a minority in the homeless population with only 26% of homeless adults being women, they are more likely to have greater levels of mental illness than men as a result of physical and sexual abuse. This is not helped by the fact that only 12% of homeless women access the help and support they need, one of the reasons why if you were to visit the Cathedral Archer Project, you would see very few women. Alarmingly, many homeless women engage in unwanted sexual liaisons in order to gain accommodation, one of the many reasons why our work here at the Project is so vital.

With International Women’s day being last week, it is an important time to reflect on this group who are less easily reached and a time to think about what we can do to help this situation. Whilst Shelley’s story is one with a happy ending and it is clear that the Cathedral Archer Project was able to help her, this needs to be the case for more women like her who are also homeless.

 

*Names have been changed to protect our service users' anonymity 

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