10th October 2019


An open day was held at our new hostel in Shakespeare Street on Friday 27th September.  It was attended by staff, volunteers and external agencies.  Cakes & biscuits (kindly donated by Millwood Catering) and refreshments were provided.  Jo Page (P.A. to Senior Management) and Shukry (Volunteer Volunteer Co-ordinator) facilitated the day which included putting fresh bedding on the new beds!

The property was donated to Coventry Cyrenians by a member of the community. She had lived in the property and wanted to give something back to the area she grew up and lived in.

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Richard Fuller (Maintenance Supervisor) gave several house tours throughout the day as and when guests arrived.

Mike Fowler (Chief Executive) gave a talk and answered any questions that guests had. He gave special thanks to Richard Fuller for overseeing the project and to Shaun Harrold and Rick Read (Maintenance Team) who have worked really hard and ensured we have come in on time and under budget.  

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The property required extensive works to convert from a standard residential house into a house of multiple occupancy. This has included, knocking down walls to create an extra bedroom, new kitchen, new bathroom, full rewire, new central heating system and boiler, emergency lighting, fire doors to protect the escape routes and full decoration throughout. Besides the restructuring work, each room has been kitted out with laminate flooring for easy cleaning, durable wardrobes, beds and bedside cabinets.  Mattresses are waterproof so they are easy to clean.

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The 4 bedroom house also has a great garden space for residents to spend time in during the summer months.

We are pleased to announce that Shakespeare Street is now ready to let. This service is a residential service for single men and women aged 16 and over who are homeless.  The accommodation is provided for people with support needs who are willing to try and address these, e.g. people who have issues with drugs, alcohol, or mental health would be expected to have a willingness to engage with the appropriate agencies, and their support worker, in order to address these support needs as part of the support planning process.

All photos can be viewed in our Gallery. www.coventrycyrenians.co.uk/gallery