A Gift that Keeps on Giving
Give a gift that offers enjoyment and fulfilment over and over, rather than a gift that only provides that feeling once on Christmas day. A gift is not just for Christmas, it’s for a new life.
A mobile phone, to those living on the streets, is a lifeline. It enables them to seek support in the darkest of times, to call for help and arrange to see their community support worker. Our support workers constantly worry where our clients are and if they are safe. A mobile phone provides a lifeline to ensure contact can be quick and easy to get the support needed.
Winter on the streets, when you have underlying addictions and health needs, is life threatening, and so the need for winter clothing and essentials are vital to health and wellbeing. We provide weatherproof clothing and footwear, thermal base layers, waterproof sleeping bags and sleep pods. These crucial items will enable our clients to have a small amount of winter warmth while out on the streets or living in the outlying woodlands.
A bicycle has numerous advantages for someone who is in either temporary accommodation or their first home. Many of our clients have no means of transport to appointments with support workers, doctors, and dentists, but most importantly, job interviews and jobs. In addition to being a cost-effective means of transport, there are major benefits to their health improvement, reducing anxiety through physical activity and being out in the open air.
After being continually moved through temporary housing or sofa surfing, you keep your belongings to a minimum, quite often no more than a rucksack. So, when you finally reach the point of opening the door to your new home, you need many things. A kettle to cooker, a bed, a quilt, some bedding. A cushion for a sofa ……. a sofa, a TV……. with a licence. Help create not just a place of safety away from the daily risks of homelessness, help create a place to call home.
Bright New Future
Many of our clients have been out of mainstream training, education, and employment for many years, and lack the confidence and skill to see that further education as a possibility for themselves. One of our fundamental areas is to help clients self-actualise the potential of their future selves, and our Bridging Course, run by Chichester University, is a 10-week course that provides a foundation in the knowledge and skills the client will need to access higher education to achieve a bright new future for themselves.