Operation Help the Homeless (OHTH) was formed in 2013 by and concentrates its efforts within the geographical areas of Portsmouth, Southsea, Fareham and Gosport. The organisation has one objective; to provide emotional and welfare support throughout the Rough Sleeper (RS) community. This objective is met through the provision of care packages, the procurement of clothing along with associated items and the delivery of hot food and beverages on a weekly basis. There is also a high level of emotional support provided by OHTH volunteers as and where required.
OHTH also liaises with local support groups in order to provide a joined-up approach to the provision of care to those living rough. Regular financial grants are made to these groups as a way of assisting with their own efforts within the RS community.
OHTH operates a weekly out-reach programme and, along with volunteers, will visit locations within the designated geographical areas where teams will liaise with RS. The aim of the out-reach programme is to provide an opportunity to offer support where it is required. It is through this direct contact that OHTH meets its primary objective; face to face dialogue with RS leads to a better understanding of their requirements.
OHTH has, over the past seven years, seen an increase of effort on a yearly basis; what began as a one-man operation to bring a level of comfort to the RS community is now a forward leaning organisation with over 900 supporters along with a core team of volunteers.
In order to meet our objectives we are now in need of a suitable vehicle, a van, so that we can continue reaching those in need of support. Such a vehicle would act as an enabler to our cause as well as offering the opportunity to literally go the extra mile in helping us make that all important difference where it's needed the most.