The Big Sleepout - Friday 1st December 2017

Join us at our Big Sleepout on Friday the 1st December 2017 at Immanuel United Reformed Church, SN3 1DH 

Experience sleeping out in a safe environment managed by Threshold: #

  • Gain a real experience on what it's like to be homeless but with the safety and security of friends and colleagues (and without the extreme exposure and vulnerability)
  • Overcome fears, push your personal boundaries and set yourself a personal challenge
  • Really empathise and understand from direct experience 
  • Create Social Impact that directly benefits homeless people in Swindon 
  • Be part of supporting excellence in human outreach and support, right here in our town

Please note that: 

  • It is a sponsored Sleepout, participants are required to gain sponsorship to participate. There is no entry fees. 
  • Anyone over 16 year old are welcome to participate
  • Under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Due to the nature of the event no alcohol will be permitted

Register now by emailing adminthreshold@thl.org.uk with the following information; your full name, email address and phone contact.

We want to make this year's Big Sleepout the biggest we ever had, so please share it with the world! The more, the merrier!

The New Swindon Half Marathon 2017 - the aftermath

Sunday 3rd September 2017 was the first edition of the revamped Swindon Half Marathon and it was epic!

We set up our atmosphere station under the very British weather and prepared the scene for a very noisy welcome to all the runners. We were equipped with handmade sets of drums, water bottles and Gumi bears; ready to motivate them all!

 

We had 8 runners set to race. Unfortunately, one injured himself just a day before the race and couldn’t participate but 7 wore Threshold colours and ran to victory!

 

From the feedback we received, Claire Hyde, from Swindon Probation service, who represented Threshold said:

"Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Threshold Team at the Swindon Half Marathon on the 3rd September 2017. Having only began training in June i was very nervous and anxious about what i was about to let myself in for however, on the day i didn't let my nerves get the better of me and i 'ran' through them :-). I bumped into Cliff, another runner in the Threshold Team at the Start line and as we were both aiming for the same finishing time, we ran side by side along the course. It was great to see the Threshold Tent on our travels and your encouragement really helped spur us along. Throughout the Course the crowds were amazing and cheered us on and really helped to give us the boast we needed to keep going. However there is one person i would really like to Thank and that is my running partner Cliff. I can not thank Cliff enough for his support and words of encouragement along the course. Whenever i felt like stopping or that I couldn't go on, Cliff was there by my side and with just a few words of encouragement he helped me push through and get to the end :-) I would thoroughly recommended this race to anyone who wanted to challenge themselves and also raise awareness and funds for our local charities like yourselves."

Gareth Nicholas, from NSBRC, who represented Threshold said:

“For me, as someone who doesn’t really run that much, and as someone who found the training as a bit of a chore, I found the actual day really enjoyable (apart from about mile 11!). I certainly found running alongside so many like-minded people, and being shouted and cheered along the route, and seeing familiar faces in the crowd was really helpful and gave me a big boost. And then there was the final section along Commercial Road and near the tented market which gave me extra oomph! The vibe in Old Town (Wood Street) was really really good too! “

Thank you to all that participated to the Swindon Half Marathon, whether you ran or came along to help. We all had a fantastic time and congratulations to all the runners but especially to our THL team that has raised so far £1,254.03 and counting! 

 

The BIG Abseil 2017 - Challenge accomplished!

It all started as a joke! Someone shared the event with me on social media and I challenged (jokingly at first) my colleagues to take part. Some of them were up for it straight away, whilst some others needed a bit of persuasion. Nevertheless, after discussion (or constant nagging by me), 9 of us signed up in the beginning of July and the anticipation began!

 

 

Each one of us carried on with our daily routine, only to be reminded of the upcoming challenge by  sponsorship requests to friends and family. Before I knew it was only a couple of days before the BIG Abseil and as I was passing by the Jurys Inn in the town centre, it really sank in. My mind raced from “What have I done? I am petrified of heights! Why on earth would I do this to myself?! Is it some sort of midlife crisis?” to “I can do this! It isn’t that high…. Just don’t look down!”

This feeling, the fear of the unknown, isn’t very much different from what our services users go through when we support them towards the diverse changes needed. It is so much easier to keep ourselves in our comfort zone, missing out on opportunities because we are scared. So I suppose this is exactly why we did it; to prove to ourselves that we can, that even if we are petrified.

 

I remember everyone’s faces at the top of the Jurys Inn. All of us, very quiet. The atmosphere was tense. I looked at the scenery, amazed by how far I could see. I didn’t look down though, I couldn’t! The worst part of this experience was going backwards over the scaffolding, feet in the air, being told to let go. I finally made my way down slowly but surely! I stopped a couple of times but got motivated to carry on by the cheering of my colleagues, friends and family, supporting us from the ground.

Did I enjoy it? No but I did it and that’s what matters! We proved to ourselves that even if we were petrified, we can surpass our fear, and that’s the best feeling in the world!

Thank you to everyone that has taken part in this crazy experience, whether you were abseiling down, were cheering or taking pictures, it was a real team effort and it felt fantastic! Thank you to all of you that sponsored us, your money will help us preventing homelessness in Swindon!

P.S.: Thank you for the amazing BBQ afterwards! The food was delicious! The BBQ was built by one very skilled resident! 

 

 

Written by Cai Larkins – Fundraising Coordinator @ Threshold Housing Link 

National Citizen Service Summer Social Action 2017

This summer has been abuzz with NCS student social action and activity in support of Threshold.

Waves of teams of 15 and 16 year olds have dedicated part of their summer holidays to creating ‘pure good’ in their own communities.

Cai and I met with each wave of student groups at New College to present and share with them the core work that Threshold undertakes in preventing homelessness in Swindon. This ground work resulted in numerous teams selecting Threshold as their charity of choice to raise essential funds and to raise the profile of the work of our charity in our community.

Presentations were made to in excess of 130 College students which then resulted in 67 students becoming Threshold Student Social Action Ambassadors taking on the challenge of working to prevent homelessness in their very own community. They did absolutely brilliantly! Raising in excess of £700 for Threshold in collections and donations – through a range of activities which included:

  • ·         2 x Radio Interviews 105.5FM Swindon Community Radio which garnered further sponsorship and reached a Swindon wide audience
  • ·         Promoted our “Jar for Change Campaign” to local businesses
  • ·         Undertook Cake sales
  • ·         A Car Wash
  • ·         A Sponsored Walk
  • ·         A Day-time Sleep-out and social action in the Town centre
  • ·         Students created a Social Action Vlog
  • ·         Manufactured Badge making with our partners at the GateShop in Havelock Square, and
  • ·         Badge sales and collections at three of our partner venues. We were supported by Morrison’s Regent Circus, Fillerz Café and Swindon Central Library
  • ·         Renovated and painted our HQ Office Reception and Interview Rooms, as well as
  • ·         Painted a large 2m x 2m Mural for our HQ offices
  • ·         Collected Food Donations and
  • ·         Made and donated sandwiches which were presented to our Outreach Team for distribution to rough sleepers and those that were homeless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was wonderful to co-collaborate with such committed and passionate young people driven to improve the lives of others. 

 

Written by Michael Keenan - Business Manager @ Threshold Housing Link - September 2017

Meet 2 of Our New Swindon Half Marathon's runners

The New Swindon Half marathon (NSHM) is approaching fast and so we met with 2 more of our NSHM’s runners to give them their running vests! We have asked them what motivated them to take part in the NSHM for Threshold Housing Link.

Meet Elliot, one of our Resettlement Workers:

“Hi my name is Elliot and I work for Threshold Housing Link as a Key Worker, I decided to run the half marathon only two weeks ago when another runner dropped out. I am running to show to anyone who is struggling with substance misuse that change is possible, a happy life is attainable and all you need to do is believe in yourself! Keep putting one foot in front of the other and run towards that brighter future!!”

Meet Gary, Former Hostel Team Leader:

 

“Hi, I am Gary, I am doing the New Swindon Half Marathon for Threshold Housing Link, because having worked for them, I know how important their services are to the local homeless population”

If you wish to sponsor them, you can by clicking the link below, make sure that you mention that this is for the NSHM. 

www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/thl

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