Westminster Council extends AP’s hostel programme

Hostel programme; vulnerable groups; The Work of Byron Katie; Appreciative Inquiry

The AP team works with a group of staff and residents from King George's Hostel in Westminster...

Westminster City Council is rolling out Appreciating People’s training programme for homeless hostels, and will widen it to include the rough sleepers team. AP delivers the first day of training on Tuesday 13 September.

This new programme is a continuation of the Back on Your Feet course we designed last year, only this time we’re working with four or five hostels rather than one. Again we’ll be training staff in Appreciative Inquiry and The Work of Byron Katie, and then supporting them to develop practical applications of what they’ve learned. We’ll also work with staff to plan a residential programme for a number of their clients, and run it with them in late October.

Westminster Council have funded the project because they were so delighted with the progress clients made last time. Feedback at a recent meeting – where we showed the film of our last course – included this glowing endorsement from one of the hostel staff: ‘I just need to pick my mouth off the floor – I can’t believe the change that I saw in X in the video!’

After the work with hostel staff and residents we’ll also be rolling the programme out to the rough sleeping team, and exploring ways that they can use AI and The Work to help people sleeping on the streets. You can read our Riverside ECHG King George’s hostel case study here.