ABOUT US

Our vision is a society where homelessness is eradicated and people are integrated within their local community.

AHAG works towards reducing the impact that homelessness and insecure housing has on both the individual and the wider community. This is achieved through supporting people to access safe, affordable housing, address any underlying issues and to motivate them towards independent living.

History of Aylesbury Homeless Action Group (AHAG)

AHAG was initially set up as an action group to lobby and raise awareness of homelessness within Aylesbury. Since then the charity has grown and evolved to become a service provider within the local community. AHAG is proud of the history and roots of the charity and how the ‘spirit’ of the original action group continues today.

Our services have grown and developed over the years. We have continued to learn and evaluate our service, through both the opportunities and the mistakes that we have made on the way. Through listening to the client’s voice, funding and a clear strategy, we have continued to ensure that our client’s needs are at the heart of everything that we do.

AHAG continues to provide advice and support to any person facing a housing crisis. We work in close partnership with key partners within Aylesbury Vale. We are excited for the future with plans to run a legal clinic in partnership with Wycombe Homeless Charity and a rent deposit scheme.

We are so grateful for all the people who have supported AHAG over the years.

Staff

Karen

Karen
Operations Director

Sarah

Sarah
Support Worker

Rhian

Rhian
Advocacy Worker

Dan

Dan
Support Worker

Tim

Tim
Community Psychiatric Nurse (Mental Health Support)

Claire

Claire
Finance & Administration Manager

Trustees

Sue

Sue Giles: Chair

I have been involved with the charity for over 7 years now and have seen it grow from strength to strength.  I have been chair of the trustees for 4 years and we have a great team committed to supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and providing the assistance they need to achieve their goals.  My background is in HR but I now work full time with adults with disabilities helping them find and keep paid or unpaid work.  I believe in the importance of being involved in your local community and have been involved with various charities for the past 20 years.

Paul Walter

Paul Walter: Treasurer

Paul was appointed as Treasurer of AHAG in 2009 having held similar positions with various charities and voluntary organisations in the local area. In his professional life, with qualifications in Engineering and Business he was a Managing Director for an International Electronics company and spent 28 years dealing with finance and business strategy. He is currently Treasurer and Trustee for two other local charities.

Linda Puttick

Linda Puttick

I have been working as a volunteer with the charity for four years, and a Trustee for two years.  Part of my volunteering role is to support clients with benefit advice, assisting them to make claims for disability benefits and to represent at Tribunal those who have, unfairly, had their benefits taken away from them.

Prior to my involvement with the charity, I was employed by Citizens Advice as a G.P. surgeries outreach worker.  I was a generalist adviser but the bulk of my work involved benefits advice and Tribunal representation.

AHAG works as a fantastic team and I feel privileged to assist in my capacity of both Trustee and volunteer.

Gill Lawrence

Gill Lawrence

Gill has been a trustee since June 2020.  She lives in a village in Leicestershire where she is overseeing a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant project to restore and share the heritage of the village church of St Mary the Virgin following the theft of the church’s lead roof in 2015.   Before retiring from the NHS in 2014, Gill was Director of the West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit where one of her responsibilities was the quality assurance of the West Midlands National Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Screening Programmes

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

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