+ est. £5.00
Support for homeless and vulnerable adults/families and those in need in London, Slough and surrounding areas
by Malcolm Johnstone in Slough, England, United Kingdom
We want to start a container village for excluded families to allow them to step on the ladder and move on
For over 35 years, we have supported the homeless and those in need by feeding them both on the streets and in the hostels. We work all year-round to provide food, clothing and assistance to the homeless, and at present we feed about 150 guests on the streets of London every Monday night with sandwiches, hot soup, tea and fruit.
During the coldest months of the year there is an additional and critical need for shelter and because we do not want to just feed our guests but find them accommodation and a job, we have expanded to run a Winter Night Shelter. The Winter Night Shelters have been used by a range of guests from entrenched rough sleepers to those who have simply found themselves in desperate need of help.
- The last shelter saw 44 people accommodated over a 3 month period
- Six were victims of domestic violence and were re-accommodated safely
- Overall 22 guests went on to settled housing
- Emotional and practical support was offered from a range of differering agencies
In addition, during the pandemic, we set up a food hub operation in Slough running 7 days a week, helping local people and many families in need. We collect surplus food from local supermarkets in Buckinghamshire and redistribute items to various organisations in Slough who directly serve their local communities; people and families in need. At present we feed locally about 160 people daily but this number is rising.
For 2023, we are in the early stages of looking at the feasability of setting up a container village for homeless families in the local area.
WE RECEIVE NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND ARE STAFFED ENTIRELY BY VOLUNTEERS. ALL DONATIONS RECEIVED HELP US TO KEEP HELPING OTHERS.