We a a group of People that go out onto the streets of Southampton helping helping them in every way we can. Our aim is to be able to purchase a mini bus so we can get more of our team into town, be able to carry more food and stock that we give out and also so we can help the homeless in the day, so things like visiting them in their homes if they get housed and even taking some of them out for the day so they have some different scenery.
About the project
So currently we are currently a team of 4 and go out into the streets 6 nights a week. We've built a relationship with the homeless and they know to expect us, approx 30/40 people turn up. We have a facebook group with almost 700 member, and our donations come soley from there currently.
We know we can help more and thats why we want to start a crowd funder, we know more pople will want to help even if they don't live in southampton and maybe we'll inspire other people in other area's to do the same.
Two weeks before Christmas, myself (lynn,) Peter and Sammi went out with a few flasks of soup, Tea, Coffee and Bread to make sure they had something hot in the cold nights.
We went into Shirley, Portwood and Southampton (all of these places are in Hampshire.) We came accross so many homeless we didnt have enough and we knew we wanted to do more.
So we began asking for donations on all the local facebook selling pages, Donations we recieve and ask for are
- fresh food e.g bread
- tinned food
- paper cups
- cuppa soups
- sleeping bags
- hat, scalfs, gloves.
- dog food and dog beds.
- bottled water
We even now have a local restaurant Food Factory donating food.
We decided we had to start our own group and as i said before we have almost 700 members and everyone is so helpful and positive about what we do. It's great to see the community helping and wanting to give.
So since Christmas we are going out at 7 o'clock 6 nights a week and not getting home till late. We now have a spot we go to and they are always waiting for us. Now we've gained their trust we hear and talk to them about their stories and the biggest thing for me is I've learnt NOT TO JUDGE.
We have lots of other people collecting the donated items, Making food, Bagging things up.
Another thing we do is when a someone or a couple finally get housed we do them a New Home bag, with the essentials. Loo roll, tea, coffe, loaf of bread. we'd love to help a bit more and maybe help with with the needed electrials such as toasters and kettles.
So, we now need some money so we can do more, the things we want to purchase with the money raised,
- a mini bus, so we can take more out with us. we currently using my 5 seater disablity car and its not very pratical for getting lots of boxes and bags of food in.
- New sleeping bag, some of or homeless are sleeping with very old bags and its not a item we get donated very often.
- New rucksacks
- Food storage
- Food containers
and so much more.
We always show proof of what we've bought