Penny Wade House
Our homeless hostel in Richmond is the most well known of our services. The hostel, which opened in 1986, had 6 bedrooms for 12 people, with shared bathrooms. It had been in dire need of renovation. With funding from the Hostel Capital Improvements Programme and in partnership with the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames and Richmond Upon Thames Churches Housing Trust, we are very proud of the changes to the building.
Penny Wade House reopened its doors on September 13th 2010 and now caters for 14 homeless people, all in single rooms with en-suite bathrooms. An extension on the back has given us a large, bright communal room and kitchen, in addition to the new training room in the garden where clients are able access services from IT tuition, cooking, employment support and gardening.
Penny Wade House provides homeless people with accommodation for a short time during which clients work to identify their needs and to find suitable move-on accommodation. The resident’s key worker and specialist staff at SPEAR support them to move forward into more permanent accommodation, to consider work, volunteering or training and develop the skills they need to live independently. The Hostel priority client group is verified rough sleepers; referrals are taken from within the organisation (for instance from the Outreach Team) as well as from external agencies.