Ready Steady Rent Tenancy Training
We at The Stone Foundation have been delivering our Ready Steady Rent Tenancy Training course for a while now but the dreaded C word and lockdown etc has thwarted our ability to continue, so it has been put on the back burner for a whole year.
However, thanks to Ellie and Steve Arnoldi of Sea Studios, we now have a very slick and professionally developed online version of the course. It doesn’t quite cover everything that we would normally do – the cooking session for example and it’s not quite so easy to get into a group discussion but it’s as good as it can get for remote training.
The web platform we use is called Livestorm and it’s really easy to access. People on the course can chat to us and to each other either by writing in the chat column or by ‘coming on stage’ to speak if they prefer; they can pose questions via the questions tab and they can participate in the quizzes using the Poll tab.
The course comprises at the moment, 8 housing related topics from ‘Finding Somewhere to Live’ to ‘Tips on saving Energy’ around the home and lots in between. The whole idea of the course is to enable individuals to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage a home of their own – may be they are first time tenants – young people leaving care or the family home for example or may be they are people who have had a tenancy and lost it. The course is suitable for a whole range of people and depending on what feedback we receive, we can add other topics to the list. We hope to also include a cooking session in future, which in our face-to-face courses proves very popular indeed.
For those who complete the whole course, we issue a Completion Certificate, which may prove helpful when a reference is asked for. As the course is modular, it doesn’t have to be completed in one go – it is recorded so anyone registered can go back in and view what they have missed. They can also register for another session at a later date to complete the course if they so wish.
We hope to resume our face-to-face courses as soon as Covid rules allow, but the online version will continue alongside it, as it may be a preferred format for some people. If it proves to be successful, we intend to upgrade to an ‘all singing, all dancing’ version – but that’s for later. Watch this space!
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14th Feb 2019
We were really pleased to hear that the Co-op had nominated us as one of the causes for their Green Token Scheme last year.
We are even more delighted to have received a cheque for £500 from them last week.
A huge thank-you to all the customers and staff at the Needham Market, Barking Road and Barham co-op stores who supported us. With your support, we can continue to help vulnerable people gain the skills needed to sustain and maintain a tenancy. Our Pre-Tenancy Training reduces the risk of homelessness and ensures susceptible or young people get the support and knowledge to run a home of their own.
Elaine Thomas CEO
Co-op Community Token Scheme
14 December 2018
We’re really pleased to tell you that the Co-op will be collecting tokens for the Stone Foundation from Monday 17th June at the following stores for 3 months;
Christmas Jumper Day with Mavam Group
I would just like to say a huge THANK-YOU to those of you who generously donated money to the Stone Foundation collection buckets on Friday for our Christmas Jumper Day. We managed to Raise £75 which is Fantastic!
Coddenham Open Garden event
23 June 2019
Fantastic day at the Coddenham Open Gardens today.
Well done & Thank you Paul Green
30 April 2018
Well done to Paul Green who ran the Brighton Marathon on the 15th April in support of The Stone Foundation!
Paul quoted after the race.. “Exhausted! But such a great charity got me over the line”.
Thanks, Paul we appreciate it! There is still time to donate https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/paulgreen17
Paul Green is running for us
13 March 2018
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An enormous THANK-YOU to all of you who put your tokens into the Stone Foundation
collection box in both the Stowmarket Tesco and the Copdock Tesco stores recently.
As a result, we have been given a cheque for £2000!! And many thanks to Tesco of course
for enabling this to happen.
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£500 raised at charity event
18 May 2017
£500 raised at a charity event at the Weekend
Despite threats of rain and a chill wind, a good number of people attended an event hosted by the Holmans in their lovely garden in Witnesham on Saturday.
Thank you to the Felixstowe Community Choir
24 April 2017
Huge thanks to the Felixstowe Community Choir, who presented the Stone Foundation with a cheque for £1000 at the Orwell Hotel.
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15 November 2016
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31 March 2016
James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk visit
5th February 2016
We have been officially registered
29 July 2015
“People reach a point in their recovery during their stay in supported housing when they feel ready to move into a more independent setting; if they are not able to move at that time, their recovery may be impeded. It is therefore important that the right accommodation can be found at the right time”.
Ultimately, the Charity would also wish to provide a similar service to anyone who struggles to access and maintain accommodation because they need some level of support, but this will depend on the number of properties that are offered. With this in mind, the Charity will aim to work with property owners, landlords and local authorities with a view to acquiring accommodation in the private sector on a full tenancy management basis. These properties will be let to vulnerable people who will be supported in a way that encourages them to stick to their obligations as a tenant – pay their rent, keep the property ‘in a tenant like manner’ etc. Rent deposit guarantees will be provided so that landlords will not lose out on either rental income or have to make good any damage to the property.