CARIS Haringey is a community organisation supporting families in need, in particular those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In 2020 we received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of our work.
Haringey has one of the highest numbers of homeless families of any local authority in the UK, with over 5,000 children living in temporary accommodation. CARIS Haringey works to support these families by providing food, clothes and other essential items. We also work with clients to help address their long-term needs, through the provision of training, advice and advocacy. Our service-users include a high proportion of refugees, asylum-seekers, victims of domestic violence, and those with mental health issues.
The aim of this project is to increase the accessibility and availability of our services for homeless families so that they are empowered to improve their welfare and enhance their quality of life.
Before COVID-19, most of our contact with clients was face-to-face. The pandemic has shown us that we need to find new ways of delivering our services. This includes having the capacity to be more flexible about where we work and how we connect with clients, for example by giving advice online or over the phone. In order to do this, we need funds to upgrade our IT network and telephone system to enable us to provide consistent, effective support, without having to be in the office.
Our work is only possible because of the generosity of our supporters. By giving to his project, you can help us to be there for the families who need us and to demonstrate care and compassion through challenging times. Thank you!