COVID-19 has made life even tougher for homeless or vulnerably housed people. To mark World Homelessness Day 2020, Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham is asking for your help to support the life-saving work of the 999 Club.
How can you help?
If just 100 people made a one-off donation of £9.99*, we would reach our target and raise £999 for the 999 Club. All donations, of any size, will help to support the essential services provided by the 999 Club.
*You can only donate in whole numbers but ‘£10 for the 999 Club’ doesn’t sounds as good!
What is the 999 Club?
Chosen by Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham as his charity for this year, the 999 Club offer services for homeless people from their centre on Deptford Broadway. As well as people who sleep rough, they support those who are vulnerably housed, sofa surfing or living in temporary accommodation.
People who have nowhere to live can go to the gateway centre to have a shower, do their laundry and eat breakfast. They can also access healthcare from visiting nurses, mental health workers and health professionals.
Find out more about the work of the 999 Club in this short documentary written and directed by people who have experienced homelessness.
The 999 Club advice & support service offers guidance so people can identify what help they are entitled to through housing provision and benefits, and maintains strong links with private landlords willing to accept former rough sleepers as tenants. The 999 Club also provide individual support, including accompanying people to appeals and court hearings.
Alongside these essentials, they offer Learning & Activities and Employability Support programmes designed to build self-esteem, allow for self-expression and teach skills that will help people achieve nationally recognised qualifications and get back into the workplace.
Their services create the opportunity for people to gain the confidence and skills needed to transform their lives. The 999 Club accomplish all this with 13 members of staff, and over 50 regular volunteers and they are rightly proud that they make such a big difference to the lives of the people they help.
- Give what you can to help the staff and volunteers at the 999 Club to help as many people as they can at this difficult time.
- Share this Crowdfunder with any friends, family and colleagues who may be able to help us to reach (and hopefully smash) our target.
- Check out the 999 Club web-site for more information and other ways you can get involved.