My name is Guylaine, and I have worked at the Renewal Programme for just over a year. I have worked in the Housing sector for three years, having worked previously for Housing Support Services in Brent. My experience is largely within high need environments, supporting individuals with mental health problems, substance misuse and rough sleepers. I’ve also worked with ex-offenders, helping them after their release to return to a ‘normal’ life (finding a job, living independently etc).
I first found out about the organisation in January 2020 online whilst I was looking for jobs. In February, I was offered the chance to interview; however, I was unsuccessful at first. I continued working with agencies, but a month later, I received a text from Paul (Service Manager) to ask if I was still looking for work. I jumped at the chance to join such a forward-thinking organisation.
For me, when I started working at the Renewal Programme it was not only convenient (it was close to where I live, although now I’ve moved and have a long commute) but it is enjoyable. Everyone respects each other, and there are so many opportunities for joint working in the organisation and relationship building. The Staff Away Day, which took place in May, was a great chance to get to know other staff and discuss the Renewal Programme’s future – I’d like to attend more collaborative events like this.
I feel valued working at the Renewal Programme.Guylaine Bianani, Support Worker
About Supported Housing
Guylaine is just one member of our Supported Housing team. The Supported Housing project receives funding from Newham Council.
The project’s objective is to support homeless people aged 18+ to gain the professional services they need alongside day-to-day living skills via a programme of activities.
The team work with residents in addressing all aspects of their life from financial management, education, training, back-to-work preparation to teaching them how to cook for themselves, prioritising their health and wellbeing, relationship building and recreational activities.
The project’s mission is to equip residents with the skills and confidence needed for independent living. We work with each individual, supporting them to grow in faith and self-belief, enabling them to transform their life.