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Thames Reach AGM

Terry Mark and Henry at the AGM
(L-R) Terry, Mark and Henry all spoke at the Thames Reach AGM which was held at the Employment Academy in Camberwell.

17 October 2014

Thames Reach held its AGM  at the Employment Academy in Camberwell at which it adopted its annual accounts and elected the board for the coming year.

The highlight of the event was a series of talks by service users and staff highlighting the work Thames Reach does to help people escape homelessness.

Ulisses Duante addressed the audience on the value of peer mentoring and how he himself had once been homeless but had been helped to boost his own self-esteem and confidence and is now working for Thames Reach’s Croydon Reach service.

Terry Easter spoke about his time sleeping rough and how he had successfully finished the charity’s apprenticeship scheme and is now employed at Thames Reach Lewisham. Terry picked up a well merited Adult Learners award earlier this year.

Mark Knight, who works for 3 Dimensions of Care for Diabetes (3DFD), talked about how this innovative scheme was transforming the lives of people struggling with the disease. 3DFD won one of the prestigious 2014 British Medical Journal Awards.

Finally, Henry Stevenson, a peer landlord at one of the award-winning Peer Landlord London projects where he provides support to other tenants, spoke about how this affordable model of housing helps former homeless people who are getting back into work. He himself is starting a job in the homelessness sector next month.

Jeremy Swain, Thames Reach Chief Executive, said: “It was an inspirational evening giving everyone insights into the work of Thames Reach and how many former homeless people have turned their lives around and become fantastic role models.”