“We’ve got to raise awareness. We all have to do something about it. We can’t leave it to somebody else.” – Russell, previously homeless and now a member of Staff at The Salvation Army
What is Redbridge Together?
Redbridge Together is a collaborative effort led by local charities, businesses, the London Borough of Redbridge and The Ilford Recorder with the aim to rebuild lives of rough sleepers in the borough. We want everyone in the borough to get involved.
Our aim is to initially fundraise £50,000 to support rough sleepers, but our ultimate ambition is to raise £500,000. The money raised will be donated to local charities The Salvation Army and The Welcome Centre to support a long-term solution to help people off the streets and the short-term needs people face today.
What is the issue?
Homelessness is a big issue in Redbridge. With 1 in 48 people being homeless in the borough, it ranks number 11 in the country for homelessness; over 65 people are sleeping rough in the borough. Many of these rough sleepers don’t have access to welfare or benefits.
We believe a problem like this cannot be solved by one organisation or person alone. It requires many people and organisations to come together and everyone has a part to play, which is why we created Redbridge Together. Now we are turning to you, for your support.
How will the money support rough sleepers?
The Salvation Army are launching a ‘pop up’ hostel called Project Malachi, which will see 42 shipping containers constructed in Ilford where rough sleepers can get off the street and start to rebuild their lives.
Eight of these containers will be for people who have no access to welfare or benefits. Project Malachi was born out of the frustration of the same individuals attending the winter night shelter at The Salvation Army year on year and nothing changing. The project will run for 5 years and aims to reduce the number of people sleeping rough in Redbridge over that time.
Some funding will also go the to the Welcome Centre which is a well-respected local a day centre for homeless people. It helps with providing hot meals, showers, clothing, laundry but also advice and support, training and employment and a nurse led clinic supporting health and mental health.
What difference could you make?
- £1 would buy a hot meal for one homeless person
- £2.50 would pay for a hot shower every day for a week
- £5 would provide hot meals for a homeless person for a week
- £10 would pay for a session with a chiropodist
- £25 would provide a one to one support session
- £50 would pay for one motivational workshop for up to 10 people
- £100 would pay for group exercise classes for a month
- £150 would provide a Back to Work training course for a homeless person
- £250 would pay for a series of Life Skills workshops
- £500 would pay for 12 sessions with a trained counsellor
For the Salvation Army's Project Malachi (based on current estimates):
- £11,000 would provide accomodation and 2.5 hours of support work per week for a year
- £55,000 would provide accomodation and 2.5 hours of support work per week for Five Years
I'm a resident, how can I get involved?
- Make a donation today - all support is needed
- Hold a fundraising event with your friends or colleauges (email Ilford.SM@Marks-and-Spencer.com for a fundraising pack)
How can businesses get involved?
- Make a donation from your business on crowdfunder
- Fundraise with your customers and colleagues (email Ilford.SM@Marks-and-Spencer.com for a fundraising pack)
- Pick up Marketing signage from M&S Ilford (the team can be reached at Ilford.SM@Marks-and-Spencer.com
- Support through offering work placements via Work Redbridge the team can be conatcted on 020 8708 2298 firstname.lastname@example.org
How else can I support?
- Spread the word online using the hashtag #Redbridge Together, do include this link or that texting LIFE to 70145 donates £3 to the campaign