The Single Homeless Project (SHP) works to prevent homelessness and support socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day, across all London boroughs, and now expanding beyond these, our staff work to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness. From providing support in to people in crisis to enabling men and women take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 8,000 people every year.

Over the years SHP has grown and developed. We have specialised in delivering services which respond to people with the most complex needs, including relating to mental health, multiple substance use, entrenched homelessness and offending behaviour. We have pioneered new ways of working and built support to meet changing requirements. This has ranged from piloting in England the now widely regarded Housing First model, to spearheading a multi-agency approach to working with people with complex and multifaceted needs; and from innovative and effective support to access the housing market and employment opportunities, to supporting Syrian refugees to establish a new life in this country.

Amongst people who use, commission and fund its services, SHP has developed an enviable and well earned reputation for its integrity, quality, resourcefulness and effectiveness.

Despite SHP’s remarkable achievements, the needs which it was established to meet forty years ago have if anything increased. We are now seeking a new Chair to work with the Board and Executive Team as the organisation sets a new long-term vision and strategy to ensure that we make the greatest difference in the years ahead.

The ideal candidate will bring experience of working collegiately to set long-term high impact strategies. You will bring the insight and experience to ensure robust modern and effective governance, together with an intuitive ability to foster the right blend of support and challenge to the Chief Executive and the Executive Team. You will combine an alignment with our values and aims with the commercial focus required to promote our long-term sustainability.

It has been a privilege to serve as the Chair of SHP. I am sure that the right candidate will find the role, and the opportunity which it provides to engage with SHP’s work and to help steer it into the future, to be highly motivating and fulfilling.  

If you recognise yourself in this description and find upon reading this pack that that you are inspired by SHP’s potential to enable people to transform their lives, then we are very much looking forward to hearing from you.

Jonathan Senker

ABOUT Single Homeless Project

Single Homeless Project (SHP) is a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. We do this by providing support and accommodation, promoting wellbeing, enhancing opportunity, and being a voice for change.

From supporting people in crisis to helping people take the final steps towards independence and employment, this year we worked with more than 8,000 individuals across all London boroughs to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poverty, poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency.

With homelessness at its highest level for a decade and in the face of an increasingly challenging funding and policy environment, we are more determined than ever to ensure that the most vulnerable Londoners remain able to access the services they need and that SHP can help them make a lasting improvement to their quality of life.

Our values inspire and challenge us as an organisation. They underpin the work and behaviour of everyone at SHP, from how we work with clients and each other, to the decision making of the Board and the Executive Management Team.

Clients hold the key

As an organisation founded by homeless people, we believe in the fundamental right of every individual to take control of their lives. Tailoring our support to their needs and aspirations, we work with people to build their capacity for self-determination, so that they can shape their own futures.  

Going the extra mile

We go the extra mile for the people we work with, many of whom have multiple and complex needs for which there are no quick and easy fixes. We keep working with people no matter how challenging it may be, and we don’t give up on them.

People, not problems

We see our clients as people, not problems. As well as offering practical support, we believe it’s essential to give people the opportunity to discover a sense of purpose, to grow in confidence, express themselves and build meaningful relationships.

A voice for change

We are committed to tackling the underlying causes of homelessness and social exclusion, and we will use what we learn to make the case for prevention and systemic change. We are also passionate about promoting the voices of homeless and vulnerable people, whose stories often go unheard.

Supporting staff 

We strive to maintain a culture in which staff are respected, supported, and listened to. We value the contribution of all staff and volunteers and we are a diverse organisation that pulls together, in a spirit of mutual trust and co-operation. We encourage creativity and new ideas, prizing innovation as a means of achieving our mission. 

Honest and open

We are honest and open in our dealings with clients, staff and volunteers, partners, supporters and other stakeholders. We will do what we say we will do, and we will strive to communicate proactively.

‘Austerity’ has seen statutory health and social care services being cut and restructured on a major scale. It is estimated that councils will have lost 65 per cent of their income by 2020, putting many under intense pressure to close vital services for homeless people, such as hostels and community support services. This will particularly hurt the ‘single’ homeless, whom local authorities don’t have a statutory duty to support. In some boroughs where we work, local authorities have already reduced their annual spend on single homelessness by as much as 72 per cent. 

Sustainable outcomes

Many of our clients are reeling from the impact of welfare sanctions and the bedroom tax, and will soon face additional pressure from the further reduction of the benefits cap.   Meanwhile, reforms to the funding of supported housing, combined with rent squeezes and policies such as Right to Buy, will put further pressure on the supply of accommodation available to vulnerable people. 

In this challenging environment we are more determined than ever to ensure that the most vulnerable of Londoners remain able to access the services they need and that SHP delivers sustainable outcomes.

To achieve this we will need to do more with less, adapt to the changes in the funding landscape and ensure clients’ voices are heard by policy makers and funders.

Our business plan 2016-19 

  • Expand our Education, Training & Employment (ETE) programme across the organisation, supporting 300 people each year into ETE

  • Extend our homelessness prevention work by moving 100 more people each year into private sector accommodation and supporting them to live independently

  • Expand our Opportunities Programme, ensuring that all clients have access to a consistent, high quality service through which to enhance their wellbeing, personal development and life chances

  • Place clients at the heart of service delivery through an organisation-wide peer mentor scheme

  • Roll out a Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) approach across all our services, ensuring that all our work is grounded in an understanding of clients' psychological and emotional needs

  • Diversify our income sources, including a significant increase in fundraised income

  • Raise the profile of SHP to better engage supporters, funders and partners

For more information please view the following links:

Annual Report

Organisation Chart


about the role

Single Homeless Project (SHP)
Role: Chair
Location: London

Single Homeless Project (SHP) is one of London’s leading homelessness prevention charities, a dynamic and growing organisation changing 8,000 lives every year - from supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment.

Each day across all 32 London boroughs, our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency.

Founded by a group of homeless people in the mid-1970s, more than 40 years on we still try to look at the world through our clients’ eyes, putting their needs and viewpoints at the centre of everything we do. Above all, we believe that, no matter what challenges they face, everyone we work with has the capacity to take control of their lives and shape their own futures.

We have a strong reputation with commissioners and within the housing sector for the quality of the services we provide and are proud of the innovative and pioneering work we have done to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

We employ 400 staff across London, and have a turnover of c£21m, the vast majority of which is drawn from local authority contracts and from rents. Following investment in our fundraising team, we are diversifying income streams, with a small but increasing proportion of our funding drawn from corporates, trusts and foundations, and individual donors.

With homelessness at its highest level for a decade and cuts to public services affecting the most vulnerable, our work is more needed than ever. We want to scale up our work, deepen our impact and reach even more people. 

Our current Chair is stepping down after a long period of service and we're now looking for a committed individual to help steer the charity through a time of exciting opportunity and development.

We’re seeking an individual with experience as a senior leader in a regional or national organisation, with significant experience of leading long term strategic development and driving financial sustainability. We need someone who can act as a passionate and persuasive advocate and ambassador for the organisation, with an instinctive grasp of our ethos and values and the ability to inspire staff, fellow trustees and stakeholders alike.

SHP is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity to ensure that we reflect the full breadth of the people we aim to support. We warmly welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates. However, as black and minority ethnic communities and women are under-represented on our board, we would particularly welcome applications from these groups. 

To arrange an informal chat with the current Chair or CEO, or for a broader conversation about the role, you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners, Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk or Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 11th March 2019

SHP is IIP accredited and an equal opportunities employer.





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