Prior to becoming Chief Executive of HARP, I supported their work for many years and have been impressed by everything they have achieved and the impact the charity has had. Homelessness is an issue I care deeply about, and I have both respect and compassion for those who find themselves homeless however that comes about, as I know this could happen to almost anyone. So I feel privileged to have this opportunity to be able to work for - and lead - an organisation which really has changed thousands of lives for the better and whose work has, quite literally, been a life saver for many more.
Since joining HARP in April 2018, I have seen for myself the incredible work that all of our team members put in, helping us to provide the very best service that we can for local homeless people. Everyone - from our service managers to our trustees and volunteers, as well as those who support us through donations or taking part in fundraising events - play an essential role in what we do. To all of you, a huge thank you.
Jackie Bliss - Chief Executive
Our board of trustees volunteer their time and expertise to help HARP run as effectively as possible, so that we can make the most positive difference for our service users. They represent a broad range of experience and a diverse range of backgrounds.
Richard Hair (Chair), Alistair Barr (Treasurer), Mark Rothman (Secretary), Mac Felton, Peter Thorn, Alex Kaye, Yvonne Vickers, Debbie Stanton, Iain Campbell, Dr Haroon Siddique, Joanne Prestidge, Mike Nevin.
Homelessness prevention team
On the front line of our services, this team is responsible for helping homeless people in Southend and helping them to get back on their feet. Based at the Bradbury Day Centre, Heath House emergency accommodation and our single gender accommodation for women, White Heather House, the team work with over 1,000 people every year who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Supported housing team
This team provide a range of housing services and tailored support to give up to 136 residents the best possible chance of moving on from our services and maintaining a home of their own. The support we provide includes access to appropriate local agencies to meet their needs, life skills, education training, volunteering, work experience and eventual employment.