SPEAR is a charity working with homeless people in and around South West London. Since local members of the community set the organisation up in 1987 they have provided excellent services to thousands of homeless and vulnerable people, including night shelter, permanent accommodation, outreach work and services to support those who are dependent on drugs and alcohol.

SPEAR’s vision is to strive for communities in which anyone facing or experiencing homelessness can quickly move into secure accommodation, get effective support, and work towards their hopes and aspirations. They support clients to develop new skills, confidence and self-esteem.

SPEAR joined Roots HR as a client in March 2013. During this time SPEAR have been users of our COMPLY subscription, which they have used for a wide variety of HR support and advice. We have also worked with them on a number of projects including reviewing and updating their HR policies and procedures.

Laura Lowe, Resources Manager of SPEAR says:

“I have personally been working with Roots HR for over a year now in my position at SPEAR and I have found their advice and information priceless for the Charity. I have learnt so much from Roots, and found them approachable, knowledgeable and flexible. As a small charity, we aim to deliver the best we can for our clients and our staff and knowing we have a strong external HR point of contact to help us with everything from queries to larger projects, has been invaluable. We are looking forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with Roots HR moving forward and working with them in 2015.”

Louise Beasley, Director and Lead Consultant of Roots HR CIC says:

“The team at Roots HR CIC have really enjoyed working with SPEAR during the last few years, as they’re a great example of how small and medium sized social sector organisations can access remote HR advice to support their in house resources. They’ve utilised the COMPLY service to great effect, and commissioned specific projects such as reviewing and updating their HR policies and procedures, which are just two ways that organisations like SPEAR can ensure they remain legally compliant when employing and managing people. And, because of our friendly and response service delivery, they have continuously developed their own knowledge and understanding of HR practices. We very much look forward to continuing our work with SPEAR during 2015.”

To find out more about this client’s work, you can follow SPEAR on twitter @SPEARLondon or visit their website http://www.spearlondon.org.