Herring House Trust was established in 1991 by a group of concerned local people and key members of the local Citizens Advice Bureau who saw increasing numbers of people visiting the Bureau who were homeless.
A small team was set up to provide access to accommodation in the form of B&B and temporary accommodation. Many people that were housed by the team, needed far more than just a roof over their heads, they needed longer term support to help them tackle some of the problems that caused their homelessness. Homelessness is usually a symptom of a range of other complex issues such as mental & physical ill health, drug and alcohol dependency, relationship breakdown, abuse, unemployment, or housing shortages. Unless you help people get the support to begin addressing some of these problems, keeping the roof over their heads may often fail.
It was clear to the team that simply finding housing was failing the people we were working with and in 1994 through local support and a donation from Comic Relief, the hostel was established. Bauleah House has been a key project for the Trust and since it opened has supported many thousands of people who have needed a safe place to live and a chance to look at the reasons for their homelessness. We now operate a range of schemes to meet the needs of homeless people as they move through each stage of the Trust.