23 April 2020
Lamington provides over 35 West London apartments to homeless rough sleepers in the first steps of an ongoing community partnership.
As part of the national effort to house those in need and ensure those experiencing homelessness have a comfortable and safe place to stay, Lamington Group, the operators of room2 hometels and Lamington Apartments have provided 35 self-contained apartments across its West London properties to SPEAR and its most vulnerable clients.
Lamington Group Managing Director, Robert Godwin (pictured above right) said, “Like a number of accommodation operators across the United Kingdom, the impact of the Coronavirus epidemic was rapid, significantly affecting our way of operating and we were left with a number of vacant apartments. At the same time we saw individuals within our community being severely impacted and so when the chance to support came along we were delighted to partner with SPEAR”.
This first stage of the developing partnership comes as part of a broader strategy, with the group also housing essential workers in the Southampton region and this partnership will see those community connections furthered.
To protect the most vulnerable people in society from coronavirus, the partnership came together through the efforts of Richmond and Wandsworth Councils to find accommodation for rough sleepers to self-isolate, using funding provided by the government as part of the pandemic response, and with Lamington providing a non-profit rate.
On the developing partnership, Robert Godwin went on to say:
We’re enormously proud to be able to partner with the charity SPEAR through such extraordinary times, and support some of the most vulnerable in society. As an established West London operator, the local community has always been a major part of who we are so it’s great we can align with another West London organisation and support those in need in getting their lives back on track as we also look to do so ourselves as an industry. We look forward to continuing to see this partnership thrive and develop.
Lisa Moodle, Integrated Outreach Manager of SPEAR, said:
SPEAR, in conjunction with Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, were delighted when Lamington Group agreed to accommodate some of our rough sleepers during the COVID crisis.
This has been a particularly difficult time for all parties involved, and SPEAR have been impressed with the level of not just professionalism, but the genuine care and respect the Lamington staff have shown our clients since they have been accommodated.
Not only have the Lamington Group been incredibly supportive of our clientele, and understanding of some of the challenges that affect rough sleepers, but we are thrilled that they are also looking to continue the partnership in a number of different manners.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lamington Group, and the individual staff members working there who have been amazing. I’m looking forward to a strong and lasting partnership into the future.
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About Lamington Group
Established in 1967, Lamington Group is a family-owned real estate developer currently operating two accommodation brands, room2, the world’s first hometel brand, and Lamington Apartments. The property group first entered the extended-stay sector in 2006 and now has an operational and committed portfolio in excess of 680 units under the Lamington Apartments and room2 hometel brands.
Its Serviced Apartment brand, Lamington Apartments, is located in Hammersmith, with hometel brand; room2, also located in Hammersmith as well as a flagship property in Southampton. Three additional room2 sites in Chiswick, Manchester and Liverpool are currently in development and planning.
Find more information, visit: lamingtongroup.com, lamingtonapartments.com or room2.com
SPEAR is a local homeless charity in South West London that has been helping the most vulnerable for over 30 years, supporting people from homelessness to independence. Our services started in Richmond when two people died sleeping rough on the banks of the River Thames. The local community came together to provide accommodation and prevent it happening again. Our first hostel, Penny Wade House (named after our founder) on the Kew Roundabout, is still going strong today.
SPEAR supports people experiencing homelessness by providing a rough sleeper outreach team, supported accommodation projects, support to access healthcare and skills, education and employment support. In addition, we provide specialist services such as a young person’s engagement programme and support to women who have experienced domestic violence.
Last year, SPEAR worked directly with over 800 people and delivered over 7,000 interventions with vulnerable people who experienced homelessness.