Well things are just getting better and better for us at Rush House and there’s a tangible vibe about the place. It’s been a while since we posted on our website so here’s some highlights from the last few months;
MadsrunningforRush – we were contacted in November 2018 by a lovely lady called Maddy Corr who had been allocated a ballot place for the London Marathon 2019 and wanted to run to raise much needed funds for Rush House. Maddy has been in to meet us and got an idea of what her fundraising could do for our vulnerable care leavers. We hope to use any funds raised to support young people to broaden their opportunities for employment, education and training. This might include funding equipment, training courses and developing work related skills. We will have a fully equipped training and resource room available to young people so that they have space to create CVs, learn interview techniques and attend some accredited training on site.
Please follow Maddy’s training and fundraising journey on Twitter https://twitter.com/MRotherhamlass and if you can donate just a few pounds to her Justgiving page we would be so grateful. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Madelaine-corr2 Maddy is training every day and is already building up her stamina for distance running. She’s out in all weathers which shows her commitment – we are so very thrilled and humbled by her efforts. PLEASE SUPPORT MADDY!!!
Lloyds Invest Fund Pre Tenancy Development – we have successfully been awarded a significant sum of money to provide Pre Tenancy Development support to young care leavers in Rotherham aged 16-25. This work is funded for 3 years and has allowed us to employ a Tenancy Development Worker to deliver a pre-tenancy programme called A Place of Your Own (developed by Rush House) either as 1:1 or small group delivery. The aim of this programme is to prepare young care leavers for that huge step into living independently and to ensure that they are fully aware of all the responsibilities that come with having your own home e.g. setting up utilities. The support will also assist young people moving into their own tenancy by helping them get to know the area they are moving into so that social isolation is reduced and so that they become happy, healthy and safe. We will continue to keep you updated as we progress but we already have live referrals for young people hoping to move into their own tenancy in the Spring.
We are so very pleased to be working with Lloyds Invest Fund and thank them for their support.
Talent Match – We are very sad to say this service has now come to the end of a 5 year programme. The programme has been a huge success in the Sheffield City Region and particularly across Rotherham . We have engaged with over 300 Rotherham young people and have seen 43% return to education and/or training and a massive 37% have entered in to sustained employment . We are currently working on funding applications to replace this much needed support for our young people in Rotherham.
Legacy 6 – This is a new service delivered by Rush House in partnership with Sheffield Futures. The service will run for 12 months and will support up to 20 young people who are deemed furthest from the labour to gain the confidence , skills and knowledge they need to return to or enter employment, education or training. All places have now been allocated to and we are unable to take further referrals at this stage.
If you would like to know more about any of the services we provide please get in touch
Boston Castle Ward Community Angel Awards December 2018 – our very own Vice Chair of the Board, Rosemary Boyle received a much deserved award for her 35+ years of unwavering support for Rush House and other voluntary sector agencies. She is without doubt a cornerstone in all we do at Rush House and has been since the moment we began back in the early 1980s. Well done Rosemary we are so proud to have you. Here is Rosemary being presented with her award by Councillor Rose McNeely.
Beauty and no Beasts! November 2018 – we were very fortunate to be approached by Louisa Ashforth founder of LA Skincare who runs a beauty & hair salon in Aston and wanted to support vulnerable young people. 4 of our young people experienced the full hospitality of Louisa and her team for hair cuts and nails. She also lead a fundraiser on Facebook which raised over £100. We are so grateful for this as it made a huge difference to helping our young people celebrate Christmas! Here are our lovely young people getting a full consultation and re-style;