Creative workshops

 

We believe that everybody deserves the opportunity to express themselves. That’s why we run creative, social and educational sessions at the Beacon. Our homeless visitors can choose to get involved in everything from photography workshops to music therapy, or even creative writing sessions.

 

The incredible hidden talents of our homeless friends surprise us every single day.  Whether it’s through singing, playing guitar or writing poetry, our visitors get so much joy from these workshops. They don’t just inspire confidence and self-esteem - we also see energy, enthusiasm and teamwork go from strength to strength during these creative sessions.

 

 

IT Café

 

Sponsored by Shere Parish Church in Surrey, our IT Café is kitted out with laptops, a printer and WiFi – all of which help our friends learn valuable skills and overcome those practical challenges that are keeping them on the streets.

 

We often have over 20 visitors at a time to our IT Café, with most people using the computers to search for jobs, a new home, or to get in touch with family and friends on social media. We’ve also joined forces with Lloyds Bank to help our friends set up a bank account using an online application. It sounds simple, but these small steps make a world of difference when it comes to applying for a new home or job.

 

 

The God Slot

 

This is a safe space for those seeking spiritual healing through prayer. It’s a place where hope can be restored through conversation and support, no matter what race, religion or background our friends come from.

 

We’re blessed to be supported by many churches and individuals, who often visit us to lead our inspiring sessions. We will never forget the time when almost 20 of our homeless friends attended the God Slot and prayed for Barnabus, our staff and our volunteers. Sessions like this serve as a reminder of why we do the work we do.

 

We are always open to hearing about how you or your church could sponsor one of our God Slot sessions. To find out more, please email [email protected]

 

 

Peer Mentoring Scheme

 

The people we help often stay in touch and go on to volunteer, work or even run workshops for Barnabus via our Peer Mentoring Scheme. This lived experience of homelessness can be absolutely vital when it comes to giving our friends on the streets the support and care they need.

 

The unique perspective of someone who has been homeless can help us develop new ideas and services, making sure that we’re always doing the very best we can for those who need us. It also gives our friends who are a little further forward on their journey the opportunity to skill up, whilst nurturing their self-confidence.