Lawrence House is a medium stay (maximum stay is 12 months) supported accommodation project for homeless young people in the Hinckley & Bosworth area of Leicestershire.
We provide accommodation for 12 single people between the ages of 16 and 25 of either sex.
Hinckley Homeless Group came together and operates as a group of people interested and concerned about homelessness issues. Our main activity is running Lawrence House which we founded in 1992 in conjunction with Leicester Housing Association.
The directors are all volunteer members of the Management Committee.
Project Worker - Linda Cope
Project Worker - Steve Widdowson
Project Worker - Molly Franklin
Administration Assistant - Debbie Reckling
Domestic Assistant - Marie Blockley
The Management Committee
Hinckley Homeless Group consist of a small but dedicated team of volunteers who run Lawrence House, which has been successfully serving the community in Hinckley and Bosworth for over a decade, with the support of our local borough and county councils, as well as a large number of local community organisations and trusts.
The Group is a “company limited by guarantee”, but we are also a registered charity and non-profit-making company. We do not have shareholders but we do have a formal structure of membership. Our “Articles of Association” - the formal document which sets out what our aims are – allows anyone to become a member who is in sympathy with our objectives.
If you would like to be a formal member of HHG, you will be declaring your support for our work, will then have the right to come to General Meetings and vote for the committee (who are the company’s directors). In return, you will be accepting some responsibility for the financial affairs of the Company if it should fail – but all you will be doing by signing up is agreeing to pay £1 (one pound) if for any reason the Company fails.
We realise that not everyone who supports us will want to formally commit themselves in this way, and we fully understand that. Everyone who supports our aims is very welcome to attend general meetings and be involved in what we do whether or not they are members of the Company. But only members will be able to vote or join the committee. If you would like to become a member of the Company, please contact the office. You can cancel your membership at any time by notifying the Company Secretary at Lawrence House.
Dave Steer, HHG Chair
Aged 51 | From Hinckley
HHG Membership: since 1997
Current work: National Grid Gas, Support Manager for the Gas National Control Centre with specific responsibility for the Control and Telemetry systems for the UK Gas Transmission System.
Previous work: IT Project delivery leading teams for various control & commercial systems for the UK Gas networks, Operations & Commercial roles in the Control Centre, Engineering roles in Gas pipeline construction.
Skills / Qualifications: Experienced people manager. PRINCE 2 Practitioner, IAC/LCCI Skills Assessor / Verifier ( NVQ etc ) Long History with HHG.
Special role: Currently Chair of Trustees, Supporting staff team and Project Manager
Reasons for joining: A long term passion for working with young people following a very short term of sofa surfing at age 22 / 23 and therefore understanding of some issues affecting young people.
Other Roles: Safeguarding Lead for local Baptist church with large youth & community work programme, Volunteer with local Food Bank.
Interests: Married with 2 Children at University so unable to afford expensive hobbies, Photography, Running, Music and playing the guitar.
Diana Morgan, HHG Vice-Chair
Aged 57 | From Cadeby
HHG Membership: since 2012
Current work: Retired. Previously Dentist in General Practice and Community Dentist.
Skills / Qualifications: Through being a dentist working with a wide range of people I have developed useful people management skills. Since becoming a HHG trustee I have needed to learn new skills such as fundraising, making grant applications and marketing. A course at the School of Social Enterprise sponsored by the Lloyds Bank Foundation has been very helpful.
Special role: Vice-Chair, Supporting staff team and project manager, fundraising
Reasons for joining: I have been concerned for the homeless and those whose life-choices are restricted by poverty and deprivation ever since I lived and worked on the high-rise council estates in London as a newly qualified dentist. And since joining I have become impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the Hinckley Homeless Group trustees and the Project staff team at Lawrence House. I’m proud to be part of a project that gives young homeless people who have often had such difficult lives a real home and all the support they need to make a success of their lives.
Other Roles: Trustee of Market Bosworth Parochial Church Council, Churchwarden of Cadeby Church, Prison Chaplaincy Volunteer working with young offenders.
Interests: Married with two grown-up children who have flown the nest! I enjoy cycling, walking, kayaking, cross-country ski-ing, singing, needlework, spending time with family and friends, and I’m learning to play the drums.
Simone Hines, HHG Treasurer
Aged 35 | From Burbage
HHG Membership: since 2005
Current work: Qualified accountant specialising in the public sector and currently a Director of Finance and Procurement at a local authority.
Previous work: I have worked in the public sector for 15 years in a variety accountancy roles in other local authorities.
Skills / Qualifications: Cipfa qualified accountant and a Masters-level qualification in leadership and management
Special role: Treasurer
Reasons for joining: Living locally I have always been aware of Lawrence House and the impact the project has on residents’ lives. An opportunity to become a trustee arose through a work colleague and I wanted to be part of such a valuable project.
Interests: My husband races F1 stock cars which keeps us very busy most weekends.
Aged 63 | From Hinckley
HHG Membership: over 20 years.
Current work: Retired Finance Director of a major local authority. I have worked in local authorities for most of my career: early posts included social work trainee, town planner, and transport planner before qualifying in finance. I now spend my time on a portfolio of voluntary and non-executive roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Skills / Qualifications: HHG membership for over 20 years
Other Roles: Trustee of several other local charities - Worklink, Citizens Advice, and Foodbank. Governor of a Further Education college, chair of the Midland Academies Trust (which oversees 4 schools), and director of Greenwood Dale Academy Trust (which oversees 31 schools), a small Midlands housing association, and a joint venture school building company. Chair of the Audit Committee of North East Lincolnshire Council.
Interests: I enjoy the company of my family (as a father of four and grandfather to five), the occasional glass of wine and real ale, and a wide variety of classical music (which I also play on the piano and pipe organ, but not well).
Aged 52 | From Burbage
HHG Membership: since 2012
Current work: Programme Manager for TCS & Scottish Water
Previous work: Programme/Project Management & many more roles within the gas Industry, also Manufacturing
Skills / Qualifications: Chartered Engineer, CEng MIMechE, MIEE, MIGE, MBA
Special role: Filling in - update to procedures, negotiate contracts, anything really
Reasons for joining: I think it is a very important service, I found out about it at an Alternativity event one year, whilst speaking to one of the long standing trustees and have continued to be convinced of the need.
Other Roles: Secretary of the Lutterworth Town Juniors FC, Lead for Retired Priest Appeal at St Peter's Church
Interests: I enjoy loads of simple things; sports, music, animals, kids, activity in general!
Aged 48 | From Hinckley
HHG Membership: since 2016
Current work: Director of a midlands based Plumbers Merchant, supplying materials to heating and plumbing engineers. My area of responsibility is for sales and marketing for the trade side of the business.
Previous work: The last ten years working in the supply of plumbing materials and previous to this, fifteen years working in sales and marketing for French and Italian central heating boiler manufacturers.
Skills / Qualifications: Experienced in leading teams and working in markets outside of the UK. School Governor for twelve years. I have also worked as a Youth Leader, working with children with learning difficulties.
Reasons for joining: In life, I believe we can all make some wrong decisions that could put us in a situation where we are not sure who to turn to and what to do next. HHG can give support to those young people who have reached a low point in their life and need somewhere to live and get some valuable advice and guidance to put them back on ‘track’ again.
Other Roles: Director of a charity called Fun and Families. This charity works with families (through schools and social services) where the relationship between the adults and children have broken down.
Interests: Family time, tennis and a good dog walk!
Aged 57 | From Cadeby
HHG Membership: I joined the management board at HHG in 2012 with my wife Diana.
Current work: I have been a GP locally for almost 30 yrs.
Skills / Qualifications: I have skills related to health based problem solving, counselling and supporting. I have experience of helping to manage a Doctors' Surgery with a staff equivalent to about 25 full time employees.
Reasons for joining: My reason for wanting to be involved was that I daily see the problems young people get into through no fault of their own, often related to family problems.
Interests: My other interests include cycling, bellringing,kayaking, woodturning and attempts to learn guitar.
Aged 62 | From South Leicestershire
HHG Membership: I have had the privilege of being a trustee since 2014.
Current work: I am a retired manager having worked in the energy industry for more than 25 years. I now focus my time on my family, as I have 3 very young grandchildren and another on the way! During my working life I have had both operational and project management experience. I hope this experience is something that I bring to the role of trustee at Lawrence House.