Volunteering

News from Southampton Summit

On 10 March people gathered to hear about progress made addressing the issue of homelessness in the city during the last year.  At the summit they were told how services have been improved over the past two years, with recent figures showing that the number of people sleeping rough in Southampton has reduced by 48% […]

Southampton Winter Shelter

From Sunday 12th January 2020 to Sunday 9th February 2020, seven churches across Southampton opened up their doors to rough sleepers for a pilot project of the Churches Winter Night Shelter. The churches included City Life Church, Victory Gospel Church, Saint Mary’s Church, St Deny’s Church, St Mark’s Church, Above Bar Church and Central Baptist […]

New services for those sleeping rough

Southampton churches opened their buildings to those sleeping rough this winter with a new Winter Shelter. They have recruited 160 volunteers to operate the service which runs at various churches in the city centre. It follows a city-wide partnership commitment to end the need for rough sleeping in the city. The Street Support partnership believes […]

Volunteering Befriending Scheme

Written by Dave Paterson, Unity in Poverty Action (UPA) Leeds is developing a Volunteering Befriending scheme with the primary aim of mobilising significantly more volunteers into supporting the homeless community when they are rehoused or are at risk of leaving their tenancy. At a recent Homeless Charter meeting, someone who had experienced homelessness spoke of […]

‘A Week In The Life’ – Reach Out To The Community

We spotted this on Facebook recently and thought we’d share. Reach Out To The Community are a fantastic group of people, working tirelessly with people who are homeless and vulnerably housed in South Manchester. Amongst so many other things, here’s an example of just one week: 3rd June – 8th June 2019: Last week was […]

Breakfast of Champions in Bury

BURY BREAKFAST CLUB (Time For A Change) Mick Priestly and his partner Jane run the Bury Breakfast Club, a much under appreciated, under-funded but very essential service in Bury. Mark decided to start the Breakfast Club around 5 years ago. At first providing people with simple beans on toast, a cuppa, and a safe place […]

Launchpad’s Pancake Race

Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have a stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home. Launchpad’s annual pancake race took place a couple of months ago in Broad Street for the fifteenth time.Unlike last year, the rain […]

A Great Big Thank You To You All!

Thanks to all the charities and organisations – from the big nationals to the smaller locals. Working tirelessly throughout the year to help and support. Thanks to all the businesses and the faith networks. Your generosity and kindness is turning lives around. Thanks to the army of fantastic and dedicated volunteers who do all that […]

WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS THIS WINTER

HOW TO HELP PEOPLE THIS WINTER Nobody should be sleeping outside, especially not in winter. Plans are currently underway to provide a bed every night plus appropriate support for everyone sleeping outside in Greater Manchester this winter. It’s a considerable task involving a great many organisations, charities, the public and private sectors, businesses, faith networks and […]

How Businesses Can Step Up

Homelessness, in all its forms, is increasing across the UK, with the situation now at crisis point. Manchester needs a unique solution from all sectors (voluntary, statutory, and business) putting the voices and knowledge of people with experience of homelessness at the forefront. Manchester is fast becoming becoming a model for other cities around the […]