Resourceful connections

An Enfield charity is boosting confidence and motivation in homeless people, writes Andrew Gurr

The Homeless Resource Centre (HRC) has tackled homelessness in Enfield through innovative means over the past two decades, helping those in need to get back on their feet by providing them with vital employability skills and further personal development.

Based at Angel Road Community Centre in Edmonton, HRC is a grant-funded small charity which offers a friendly drop-in day centre to single homeless persons. It’s here that service users can access IT and employability skills training, counselling, housing advocacy, food and drink, as well as signposting to further support agencies such as drug and alcohol clinics, GP surgeries, and job centres.

Dr Jo-Ann Rowland
Dr Jo-Ann Rowland, director of the Homeless Resource Centre

HRC director Dr Jo-Ann Rowland says the purpose of the organisation is to restore confidence and motivation to homeless people, as well as combat social and economic exclusion which prevents them from participating in the labour market.

Dr Rowland explains: “We believe that HRC is unique in its service provision in the borough, by looking at the holistic needs of each homeless person and applying specific interventions which improves the wellbeing of that individual.

As a key partner of Enfield Connections, a local information and advice service commissioned by Enfield Council, HRC can provide assistance to single homeless people who are referred to them.

“Working with Enfield Connections, we are able to strengthen socially-excluded members of the community who come to us,” says Dr Rowland.

“We are also able to provide information, advice and signposting to help our service users navigate life events and support their unique circumstances.”

As for the future, one of HRC’s aims is to restart their employability training programme which was successful in the past and now requires a part-time trainer.

Dr Rowland wishes to thank the HRC’s management committee for their guidance over the last 19 years: “As director I am truly grateful for all their encouragement and support to the centre.

“Here at HRC we would also like to thank our funders who have contributed to our sustainability over the years, which has benefited our service users.”

For more information about the Homeless Resource Centre:
Call 07956 764 468
Email [email protected]