We support Help London Homeless
World Kindness Day - supporting C4WS homeless shelter
Last week our Head of Housing Care and Support Alev Horgan delivered bags filled with toiletries and warm clothing to C4WS Homeless shelter. The bags were put together by our colleagues who raised money to buy new items, as well as brought in second-hand clothing for World Kindness Day. We’re delighted to support C4WS and the work they do to help those living on London’s streets this winter, our colleagues have used their volunteer days to help cook lunch at the shelter and one service user recognised Alev, asking if she was there to cook again.
Linda Gilson and Jenna Roberts from C4WS and Alev Horgan, our Head of Housing Care and Support at King's Cross Methodist Church.,
Our joint schemes with New Horizon Youth Centre and St. Mungo's
We recognise the reasons behind why people become homeless are hugely varied, and that our approach to helping reduce homeless should be equally varied. We help London’s homeless in a number of ways including partnerships with other charities like our Project 99 scheme, in conjunction with New Horizon Youth Centre (NHYC), or The Lodge – a hostel in Camden run by St. Mungo’s inside one of our buildings. Project 99 is a scheme we launched this year to provide rooms for young homeless people being supported by NHYC, you can read more about it here. We also work with Settle, who offer support for young people moving into their first home – often after leaving care, and Camden Safer Streets – who work with rough sleepers including those struggling with addictions.
We spoke with Humayun, a refugee who has been rehoused in Project 99.about how life has changed since he moved in.
Our support services
Our Enfield Single Housing project provides rooms for 340 people, and at Doughty Street, which gives accommodation and support to 52 formerly homeless 16 and 17 year olds. The type of support we offer varies hugely from case to case but has involved helping our residents to claim hundreds of pounds of backdated benefits to hold onto tenancies to supporting them with jobs and employment advice. We had the chance to talk to one of our Enfield Single Housing residents earlier this year:
We spoke with Derek, one of our residents at Enfield Single Housing about his new home and job.
Help London Homeless
With the launch of the Help London Homeless campaign last week we’re looking at new ways we can extend our support to people forced to sleep rough in London.