Housing Support Officer Needed


This local charity exists to enable Southampton people in housing need to secure private rented accommodation.  It works out of an office at Avenue St Andrews United Reformed Church, The Avenue SO17 1XQ

Owing to demand, we are seeking a second part-time housing support officer with office skills for the scheme.  We would like to recruit someone with relevant experience and enthusiasm to work, in the first instance, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays i.e. 6 hours per week. The salary will be paid at the rate set for a Living Wage (£7.85 per hour).

The scheme is currently being reviewed in the light of local need and resources, so these details may change.

If you are interested in this post, please email the scheme at rentscheme@asaurc.org.uk and leave your telephone number/s.  We will then call you, explain more about the project and how to proceed.  Please contact us as soon as possible.  Applications to be returned by 17th June.

Admin Volunteer

Do you know someone who is a good administrator and comfortable using the internet for things like internet shopping or webmail?

That is the sort of person we are looking for to help oil the wheels of Love Southampton.

We’d like a volunteer who can monitor emails every few days and pass them on to relevant members of the steering group. At present we only get one or two emails a week.

The volunteer would also once each month collect information from around Love Southampton groups and (if necessary) compose an update email, and put new information on our website.

The sort of person who could cope with the technology involved is already reasonably good with word processing and comfortable with things like internet shopping, webmail or selling things on ebay. Please help us by encouraging anyone you know with the interest and skills to help us out. Training will be given on the specifics.

Full details can be downloaded here.

Anyone interested should contact the Chair of the Steering Group (Paul Woodman) via info at lovesouthampton.org.uk.

Homeless Sunday 2015

The Housing Group at Love Southampton have put together some resources and prayers that will be useful to anyone wanting to include the theme in their service on Sunday 18 January.

The purpose of Homeless Sunday is threefold:

  • showing our concern for individuals affected by homelessness
  • challenging the conditions that create it
  • celebrating work that tackles the problem

Whatever level of engagement a congregation has with homelessness, Homeless Sunday is an opportunity to take it 
a step higher.

More information: http://www.homeless-sunday.uk/.


City-wide Prayer 2016

Prayer is at the heart of Love Southampton, so we are excited to announce that the city-wide prayer meetings organised jointly with Southampton Christian Network in 2015 will continue in 2016.

These are the dates. More detail will be announced nearer the time.

Adoption Sunday 2014

Logo - home for good, SouthamptonWith the great fruitfulness of our ‘Families for Forty’ campaign, we are keen to keep serving the children of our city and beyond by supporting and encouraging fostering and adoption through the Christian community in the city.

Could I urge you to consider doing something special in your church to bring this very real need before your people?

Sunday 2nd November is Adoption Sunday, and there are several ways you can be involved, and all the resources you need can be found on our website:

  • Show 2 minute Adoption Sunday Film and pray for children in care and families that adopt and foster.
  • Show 2 minute Adoption Sunday Film and interview a family that has fostered or adopted and pray for them.
  • Show 2 minute Adoption Sunday Film and teach on adoption and fostering.

Should this raise the interest of any of your members, please let them know about us, and put them in touch (homeforgood@lovesouthampton.org.uk) so we can point them in the direction of our next open information evening. These evenings are always great fun and very informative.

Many thanks for your partnership in this, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Chris Kilby
Home For Good, Southampton

Older People

Prayer for Older Peoples MinistryYou are invited to come and pray for older people’s ministry.

Thursday 9 October 2014
Highfield Church Centre, Highfield Lane, SO17 1RL

Feel free to bring your own lunch.

Coffee/tea and cake provided.

It would be helpful if you could RSVP to Laura@hewittpeople.co.uk, but do come, even if you decide to come at the last minute.

- Revd Erica Roberts, City Chaplain for Older People.


Housing – How to Help?

An equipping evening.
7.30pm on Tuesday 21 October 2014 at Highfield Church Centre, Highfield Lane, SO17 1RL.

Do you recognise any of these scenarios?

  1. Spare change please – how to respond to a request for money on the street.
  2. I’m losing my home – how to help someone who is homeless or just about to be.
  3. I need “fair trade” housing – coping with the crisis in the private rented accommodation.
  4. I want to help - exploring the wide range of opportunities to offer support.

The Love Southampton Housing group is hosting an evening event to serve the churches in their response to the growing crisis in housing and homelessness. In some way or another it is touching all our congregations.

We will give you short presentations and information to take away in each of these four areas.

We hope that the evening will equip you to help people you meet in your everyday life who have some kind of housing need. You will be ready with positive ways to advise and support.

In addition, if you feel a calling to help in this area, we hope that this evening will help you make a practical response.

For more information please email housing@lovesouthampton.org.uk


  • On arrival – browse information stands from relevant agencies
  • 7.30 Welcome. Setting the scene and scope of the housing crisis.
  • 8.00 Presentations (4 x 15 minutes – everyone goes to each presentation)
    1. Spare change please – how to respond to a request for money on the street.
    2. I’m losing my home – how to help someone who is homeless or just about to be.
    3. I need “fair trade” housing – coping with the crisis in the private rented accommodation.
    4. I want to help – exploring the wide range of opportunities to offer support.
  • 9.00 Review and feedback
  • 9.15 Future plans and possible further actions

Christmas Street Party

As the nights get darker and the air gets colder you know that Christmas is just around the corner… and this year we’re doing something special to celebrate the arrival of our Saviour!

The Jubilee Christmas Street Party is taking place on Saturday 13th December, between 4pm-7pm and you’re all invited to come along, bring friends and celebrate the meaning of Christmas.

Recruiting for the team
Would you be interested in being part of the team for the event? We will need people to help set up and pack down, people to serve refreshments and mince pies and people to be available to help run the bouncy castles and generally be available to chat with guests. If you would be interested in helping out in this way then please contact me to let me know. Please also let the people in your churches know that we need help and spread the word!

Financial support
Finally, I’d like to ask if you would consider supporting the event financially. We raised a certain amount of funding back in the summer but with this being a different time of year there are some extra costs and we want to ensure that we host a really great event that puts Jesus right at the heart of Christmas, right in the heart of our city. If you feel that you are able to offer a donation then please send a cheque to me (made payable to E-QUIP Arts), or email me for bank transfer details. We need your help to stage something memorable.

That’s all for now, but more info and publicity will follow nearer the time!

God bless

Neil Maddock,
On behalf of Love Southampton Steering Group

If you want to know any more at this stage then please contact Neil Maddock by email: neil@e-quiparts.org.uk