The Norwich office has been up and running since September 2013. It is home to the team of three staff and several volunteers who manage and support the current five houses in the city. The office number is 01603 927271.
At present Norwich have capacity to house 14 tenants but with house #6 opening in Oct 2016 and house #7 hopefully opening in Spring 2017, this will take us to a capacity of 20. We’re incredibly humbled by this magnificent growth, but also intending to get more houses and more churches involved in 2017 and beyond.
We believe our partnerships with local churches and Christian organisations is what gives our tenants the best support possible. In a city where rough sleeping and homelessness seems to be on the increase, we want the good people of this fine city to work together and meet the growing need.
- I Want Change DVD November, 2015
- Hope into Action opens 30th house for homeless June, 2015
- Celebrating our sixth home in Norwich June, 2015
To find out about our work in 2016 and exciting plans, training and events for 2017 please read on Norwich newsletter.
Norwich Christian charity Hope Into Action (HIA), who partners with local churches to house the homeless, will present a workshop on January 28 covering ‘what it’s like to be a vulnerable woman’ and ‘how do we tackle violence against women?’.
The target audience is anyone interested in the topics and two main sessions will feature:
- 11am – 12noon A session led by Linda Huskisson for people affected by the issue directly. Come and hear Linda’s story (now a published book). From abuse, prostitution, prison and drugs, her story and life are evidence that there is hope and light for all of us. Linda now works with Celebrate Recovery and is a Hope Into Action trustee. Whether you find yourself in a lost place, as she once was, or perhaps you are working and trying to support other vulnerable women, come hear an honest account of what it is like and how she managed to break free.
- 12noon – 1pm the Restored session is targeted at church leaders, those interested in gender or equality. It will be led by Mandy Marshall, the co-founder and co-director of Restored, an international Christian alliance to transform relationships and end violence against women. Restored aim to tackle difficult questions to the church around gender, equality and violence
Norwich co-ordinator for HIA Kate Doran-Smith said, “At Hope Into Action, we pride ourselves on offering every one of our tenants an individualised support package, tailored to their needs. This event was suggested by one of our previous tenants who was touched by Linda’s story when she heard her at our national conference earlier in the year.”
“Violence against women and how best to support vulnerable women is something that I feel particularly strongly about, and I wanted to support our tenant in her wish to do something locally. We will ensure there are local agencies and also staff at hand on the day for anyone who is affected or touched by the issues raised. I’d also like to see local churches represented as Restored are doing great work equipping churches and raising awareness in congregations.”
Saturday January 28
St Elizabeth’s Church, Cadge Rd, Norwich NR5 8DG
11am to 1pm
Free of charge
Below is the ‘I Want Change’ video we filmed and produced last year:
- The Trinity Project with ENYP
- Sprowston: St Cuthbert’s
- St Stephen’s
- Beacon Church at St Elizabeths
- Gateway Vineyard
- Old Catton, St Margaret’s
- Heartsease: St Francis
- Hope Community Church: Wymondham
Hope into Action