One Roof Leicester

Helping communities to end homelessness

Helen Hayes – Chair of Trustees

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Helen Hayes was born in Nottingham and trained as a primary school teacher. During Helen's time as a teacher she became involved in conducting children's choirs and started conducting Vocals, the massed children's choir project of Music for Everyone. Helen moved to Thornton in Leicestershire and left teaching to become a free lance animateur. Her work has included many innovative projects including excluded pupil units, youth offender projects and a project at Fosten Hall Women's prison. Helen has since trained to become a priest in the Church of England and is now a Pioneer Priest working with people who are homeless for the West Leicester Mission Partnership in Leicester Diocese. Helen is Chair of Trustees for One Roof Leicester and she is also Vice Chair and Chaplain for Sound Cafe which is a safe creative space for people who are homeless and vulnerable. Both One Roof Leicester and SoundCafe give Helen a greater understanding of the plight and difficulties of those affected by homelessness. Helen is able to understand the complex needs of people who become homeless and work alongside them in helping them feel valued, finding a place of dignity and helping identify what their needs are. Helen still conducts and is the conductor of Groby Sings Community Choir, a choir of over 200 singers.

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