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Coordinator’s Corner

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More Than A Home For The Homeless

Under 1 Roof’s raison d’etre is supporting our members to live independently in the community by providing a framework in which to make positive changes to their lives. We do this by providing a programme of activities, some of which formally support learning around running a tenancy, managing substance misuse or mental wellbeing. Other activities support in the development or rebuilding of soft skills, confidence and self esteem. We constantly develop and evolve the programme to ensure that it is relevant and appropriate for the members of Under 1 Roof. To that end February is shaping up to be one of our busiest months to-date with a number of new sessions starting.

The Tenancy Programme – starts 4th February
The course runs 2 days a week (Mon and Thurs) for 4 weeks, with 1 catch up session each week. This is a national qualification with NOCN and the Chartered Institute of Housing, recognised by Norwich City Council for move on purposes.

The programme offers a range of skills from self assessment of their own readiness to take on a tenancy, to rights and responsibilities, budgeting, maintenance, self care, and trouble shooting problems that may arise. This is supported through a mix of group training and 1:1 coaching sessions to enable the individual to make lasting change to the way they manage their tenancy, their finances and their relationship with their landlord.

Building Better Habits – Wellbeing Toolkit – starts 5th February
The course is held on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for two weeks. The main aim of the group is to look at positive ways of thinking. The group will work together in confidence to build on each others strengths to address various issues such as dealing with anger, managing negative thoughts, building confidence and self esteem.


Pawject – starts 6th February
In Pawject we will be designing and sewing anything from dog beds to cushions to pillows and pet toys like a dog shaped bone pillow. We’ll provide a design catalogue to choose from or participants can design their own. They’ll also get to learn sewing techniques and participate with a new group.


Joy Of Food – starts 8th February
In this 4 week course participants work in a small group from the Joy of Food recipe book and we provide everything needed…even takeaway containers to take home the delights prepared in the session.



Gardening – starts 21st February
Our gardening group starts on the 21st February where we will be joined by the National Trust Head Gardner from the walled garden at Blickling Hall. Planning for the year ahead in the garden is always an exciting time and we’re thrilled to have such expert advice to kickstart the new year.

It’s a dog’s life at U1R!

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Pets get pampered with Pawject.

Pawject are back at U1R, and this time they are expanding the range of projects that you can design and make. Along with dog beds, you can now make larger beds, cushions and pillows and prt toys. 

Course starts soon and places are limited, so book now!

New year… new ‘do!

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Free haircuts are back at U1R!

We are now booking appointments for our first session of 2019, now on Tuesdays.

Sadly Alex had to say goodbye at the end of last year, we are grateful for all her hard work and will miss her smile and friendly personality. However, Pippa is still with us and raring to go, and Mark will be joining us, bringing his wealth of barbershop experience to all the guys!

To book an appointment call in to U1R, or call us on 01603 699150.

Coordinator’s Corner

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We’re back!

Happy New Year! We at Under 1 Roof hope you’ve all had a great Christmas and we look forward to working with you in 2019.
If you’re following us on social media, have joined the Under 1 Roof group or checking our website regularly (If you’re not…then why not?!) you’ll already be aware of what’s going on at Under 1 Roof this New Year.

There are loads of new courses and sessions happening in January, so without further ado, let’s get going!

The Tenancy Programme.

Starting 28th January this 4 week accredited course enables participants to learn how to obtain and run their first independent accommodation or how to avoid pitfalls that led to losing a tenancy in the past.


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Starting 29th January this 8 week course teaches participants different mindfulness techniques and supports the implementation of these for reducing stress.


Joy Of Food.

This 4 week course starts on the 18th January. Working in a small group from the Joy of Food recipe book we provide everything needed… even takeaway containers to take home the delights prepared in the session.


Scam Awareness Workshop.

We’re partnering with Nat West Bank for this one off workshop on the 31st January, all about being aware of the different ways scam threats may be presented to us. Participants will learn how to identify them and therefore avoid them.


Booking and Further Information.

Places for all of the above must be booked. This can be done by speaking to any of us in the centre or by completing the new on-line booking form (under-1-roof.org.uk/booking).
Further information is available in the same way, if you’ve any other questions then please let us know.

Taking the Street to the Stage!

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An exciting project between St Martins and Norwich Theatre Royal will see homeless people’s stories presented as a drama in the Stage 2 venue of the theatre.

Norwich Theatre Royal are working with a playwright, director and people accessing service from St Martins to develop a verbatim play telling the stories of people who have/are experiencing homelessness. A key aim is to raise awareness of homelessness in the community, to influence and change misconceptions and myths.

This is an opportunity for you to be involved in a performance arts project that speaks about your experience of homelessness. The play will be performed at the Stage Two Theatre Royal, Norwich, in late February 2019.

The director and playwright will be at Under 1 Roof on December 3rd 10.30am-2pm.

Go Colin Go!

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On your marks…

Congratulations to Under 1 Roof marathon supremo, Colin, who has successfully been awarded a place in next years London Marathon. Not that this is Colin’s first marathon – having completed the Edinburgh Marathon 2013 in a quite breathtaking 3hrs 57mins!!


He is hopeful of bettering that time, although we couldn’t push him to give his target time! Good luck Colin from all of us at Under 1 Roof please keep us updated on your training.








Halloween bites at U1R!

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Goulishly good fun for all!

A slashing time was had by everyone in our U1R Art Group last Wednesday at our Halloween party. First some pumpkins were gutted and stabbed into spooky masks, then their innards were cooked up into a delicious pumpkin curry.

All was finished off with a scrumptious pumpkin cake. Everyone agreed it was a horrifically good day!

Thanks to Asda in Norwich for their generous donation of pumpkins for the event!

It’s getting spooky round here!

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Halloween is coming to U1R!

We’re getting into a suitably creepy spirit here, with the horribly good decorations going up, including light-up skull and spider! We’ve also got a howlingly brilliant Art & Craft session on Wednesday afternoon (beginning at 1.30pm) when we’ll be carving some pumpkins, and making pumpkin and squash soup.

It would be horrifically good if you could visit our haunt and bite into our fiendish fun!

First Aid is Back at U1R!

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First aid demonstration

Basic first aid is a useful skill to have in life

Everyday First Aid

The Red Cross will be here to provide First Aid Training this Friday, 26th October.

This is a two hour course that enables participants to develop the willingness and confidence to act in a first aid emergency.
Our ‘everyday’ approach provides a quick and easy way to learn first aid skills in just a couple of hours.

Places are limited and booking is essential – so if you are working with anyone who would benefit please encourage them to book a place by speaking to us in the centre or ringing us on 01603 699150.

Take your job searching skills to the next level at U1R!

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Job Application Graphic

CV writing and interview skills are important to give you the best chance of landing that job!


CV Writing and Interview Skills Workshop


What does a good CV look like?

How do I get references if this is my 1st job/ 1st job in a long time?

How do I gain relevant experience?

How do I prepare for the interview?

What to do if I am unsuccessful?

What to do when I am successful?

All these questions will be answered in a CV Writing and Interview Skills workshop coming to Under 1 Roof. Whether you’re looking for a new job, wanting to change a current one or just needing to update your job searching toolkit, this is the workshop for you.

The workshop will be running on 1st November at Under 1 Roof from 12-2pm. Booking is essential and places will be limited so to get a place on the course pop in to see us or call us on 01603 699150.