WCHP Priority is Money and Property

In the days before John Holmstrom WCHP had a different direction.  Their focus was on helping the homeless of Worthing. This included working with the clients to help them reintegrate into society.  Rehabilitation was a major purpose of the charity.

Since Mr Holmstrom’s arrival, things have been very different.  He is focused on building an empire for his own gratification.  I wish his former employers would come forward and be honest about why he no longer works there.  I know from senior members of Brighton Housing Trust that he “jumped before he was pushed”.  Although these people, who also claim to be “working in the best interests of the clients” would rather keep quiet and not rock the boat.

My concern has been on the impact on the homeless community of Worthing, as should be Mr Holmstrom’s.  However, to him they are a commodity.

I heard an update recently on a WCHP client that I knew very well.

This client had a history of alcohol misuse that had seriously affected his life. When WCHP started the bike project at their Durrington shop he was heavily involved.  He worked at least 5 days a week, for no money, servicing and repairing bikes for WCHP.  He was given the responsibility for ordering bike parts and managing the servicing, this had a massive impact on his life.  He had a real sense of purpose, he felt that he could hold his head up, give something back, and deserve some respect.  He was planning long term to start his own bicycle repair business.

For some reason, it was decided by the senior management team that this was no longer appropriate.  This client was told that WCHP would stop servicing bikes and that he could only work one day a week.  This had a devastating impact on him.  Not only had his daily purpose been removed, but he felt that all the work he had put in was being discarded, and again enforcing his lack of worth.  I remember him saying that he didn’t know how he would cope with this removed from him.

Shortly after Mr Holmstrom chose to close the bike project, as it didn’t fit into his housing empire, and ultimately the Durrington shop.

The news I received regarding this client is that he is now deceased.  He deteriorated, and went back to his previous behaviours.  Personally, I put this entirely at the feet of Mr Holmstrom.  WCHP supported, helped, and gave this client a reason to live, a hope for the future.  Then they stole it away, effectively destroying his life.

I can’t name him, but I feel physically sick that an organisation that pretends to help people can abandon people to their death

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WCHP – More “Foul Language”

During the Employment Tribunal WCHP’s legal representative made a big issue of the alleged use of the word “fuckwit”.  He even went to the effort to “look up the meaning of this word in the dictionary” and went on to explain that it meant a “a stupid or contemptible person”.  He then went on to quiz JM on her alleged use of this word and how serious WCHP felt this to be.  Oddly the alleged use was not against a client, or a member of staff, or a member of the public, but outside of work as a term to describe her husband*.

So we can assume that WCHP feel the alleged use of this word, even in a private conversation outside of work is something worthy of disciplinary action.

Image how seriously they would take it if one of their members of staff were to actually use it in a public forum?

Interesting to see a comment on Ted Stoner’s FB this week.

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So, actual use of this highly offensive term, in a public forum. Add to this WCHP’s policy on Social Media usage I’m assuming it could be bad news for Mr Stoner.

However, as Mr Stoner is one of the “chosen few” I’m assuming his indiscretion will be treated the same as Mr Feeney’s (when he shouted “cunt” to JM and her partner prior to the Employment Tribunal), nothing will be done.

*JM wasn’t married.

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WCHP Blog 2

Reading more of Mr Holmstrom’s interview I find another quote particularly interesting

as he was deeply disturbed by the poor quality of life many members of the community struggled with. He felt he would be unable to enrich people’s spiritual lives when there were people who didn’t have the basics. That feeling has never gone away.

I can name several people, both the unfairly dismissed staff, constructively dismissed staff, the ex staff who have had false allegations made about them to agencies to try to ensure they could never work again (oddly the agency involved have thrown out the allegations as there was no evidence and no enquiry or investigation was carried out be WCHP, it was purely lies designed to damage this persons life), clients who have been threatened by staff, clients bullied out of the hostels, clients who would rather sleep rough than risk going into WCHP hostels…

I’m not convinced any of these people feel that their spiritual lives, or in fact any aspect of their lives, have been enriched by Mr Holmstrom’s actions.

I find it quite telling that having lost at tribunal, where it was proven that the charity behaved very badly and ultimately damaged the lives of innocent individuals, there has been no apology to any of the victims.  I can see that if WCHP had been successful at tribunal, there may be room for justification, although as Christians, improving peoples lives, you would hope the first action in each case would not be instant dismissal, followed up by actions designed to do the most possible damage to each individual.

Mr Holmstrom and WCHP show no remorse at all for their actions, I think this tells you more about the man than his interview.

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WCHP New Blog

Nice to see the first blog post on the WCHP Blog is an interview with John Holmstrom.

Not sure how the evidence in this blog fits in with what he has to say in his interview.

My personal favourite quote is “and he explained to me that the last three years have been the happiest for many years“, nice to see people can get happiness from the abuse of others.

You can read the blog post here: Meet the lovely John

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WCHP – Leaning, Slowly

I’ve recently found out that WCHP have made out of court settlements to at least one other employee, and there could be more legal action in the pipeline.

I guess that the upside of this is that they’ve worked out that losing at tribunal is much more expensive that paying people off.

However, I have a suggestion that may help.  How about not abusing and unfairly dismissing your employees, and then you wouldn’t have to waste any more of the money donated by innocent individuals and organisation that believe it’s being used to help the homeless.

With a bit of luck at least some of the £322,000 given to WCHP by the National Lottery will be used to help some homeless people.

Ironically, some of the new homeless of Worthing may be some of the unfairly dismissed / redundant WCHP Staff.

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Inconvenienced by WCHP?

I see that WCHP have a sign on the door of their closed shop in Durrington apologising for any inconvenience caused.

I’m not sure who they are apologising to.

Could it be the staff that have been made redundant (we know from WCHP’s own fund raising initiatives and website how redundancy can be a major cause of homelessness) or the ones who have had to fight in court to get compensation?

Could it be the clients, that were being trained as part of the ReRide project who have had that opportunity removed?

Could it be the people who have innocently donated money to the charity assuming it would be used to prepare the homeless of Worthing to reintegrate into society?

It’s definitely not the builders of Brighton who have received hundreds of thousands of pounds for rebuilding properties for WCHP.  The building in Grafton Road still sits empty after months of vacancy.

The fact that WCHP still invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in expanding their property portfolio, at the expense of staff and clients, shows that this is not a charitable organisation never-mind a christian one.

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WCHP – The End is Near

The deterioration of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects continues.

Closure of ReRide, a project that helped retrain clients, gave them back some self asteem and was due to be a profitable venture according to a WSCC empolyee…

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This will make several members of staff redundant.  Ultimately putting them in danger of becoming homeless.  There is a slight irony here that Jo Maxted’s husband was directly involved in bullying and the constructive dismissal of one member of staff and is now due to be made redundant from the charity…

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What seems to be more important the WCHP CEO John Holmstrom is expanding his empire.  It seems clear that his mission is to become a Homeless Landlord, concentrating on building more accommodation at the cost of staff and the therapeutic services.

Annex at Byron Road, £140,000 shortfall.

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However, work has started on the old offices in Grafton Road, the building appears to have been completely gutted and is planned to be more accommodation, at what cost?

I wonder how long it will be until WCHP is just an accommodation provider for Worthing Council?

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