Homelessness is still homelessness even if it is Summer
Donate to help us provide essential items to individuals currently experiencing homelessness.
This Summer thousands of individuals sleep rough across England. Since 2010 the number of individuals effected by homelessness has dramatically increased and the number of rough sleepers has more than doubled since 2010. During the winter months, homelessness draws a lot of focus with more night shelters becoming available, an increased number of donations and discussions on homelessness taking place more frequently in the media. Rough sleeping in the summer months can be just as treacherous and as dangerous as sleeping rough in winter. Rough sleepers remain vulnerable to violence, sexual assault, heat stroke, dehydration and abuse.
In October 2017, Lifetimes charity launched two homeless projects, Woman 2 Woman & Men Matter 2. Woman 2 Woman is a project that aims to end period poverty for women currently effected by homelessness in the local area by providing care packs, which contains wipes, deodorant, socks, knickers, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and a tooth brush to those in need. We believe that these items will allow homeless women to regain some freedom and restore some dignity, basic rights we often take for granted.
Men Matter 2 was born as a result of the high demand for these packs and the fact that there are more men currently experiencing homelessness than women. These packs contain similar items but the tampons/pads are replaced by a razor.
So far we have provided over 100 women and over 300 men, across South London with care packs that have been extremely well received. Over the Christmas period we were lucky enough to receive donations from local organisations, however due to the hot weather we are finding it difficult to source donations for these much needed packs. We want these projects to run for as long as possible so we can reach as many individuals in need as we can. We therefore need your help to provide these essential items over the summer and Autumn months, items that act as more than just toiletries, in many cases they increase confidence, dignity and freedom. We want people to know that Homelessness is still homelessness even if it is Summer!
A care pack costs around £5 and our aim is to raise enough for 200 packs, please give what you can and DONATE TODAY!
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Homelessness is not just for Christmas , for some its 365 days a year .