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The only thing uniting our beneficiaries is that they are homeless – everything else about them is unique. A one-size-fits-all approach does not work, so we help individuals to achieve what success looks like for them. The more tools they are given to be independent, the less chance they have of returning to homelessness.
Every week Church Homeless Trust gives around £5,500 in grants to homeless people. The grants are small, usually between £50 and £300, but to people who have nothing they mean a great deal. These small amounts of money change lives. We fund the particular training, items, activities, counselling and skills people need to rediscover their sense of purpose and feel part of society again.
Homelessness has steadily increased across England, especially in the last five years. We work with service providers across the country, often centered around major cities where rough sleeping and homelessness are often at their most endemic. These include London, Hull, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol.
Homelessness affects a larger and larger pool of people. The main cause of homelessness is now the end of a tenancy. Our beneficiaries include young people leaving care, people facing relationship breakdowns, people fleeing domestic abuse, ex-services personnel, people with mental health difficulties, people struggling with addiction, young families, people who have been illegally evicted and asylum seekers.
A Warm Welcome: Helping people to come off the streets and regain their dignity and well being
» Welcome packs of toiletries, under wear, socks, and basic foodstuffs are provided for people when they first move into a scheme from the streets.
» Identity papers such as birth certificates and driving licences are funded so that people can access health care, benefits, training, and work.
» Clothing, such as a warm coat or sturdy shoes, for individuals who often arrive at a hostel with nothing more than what they are standing up in.
» Travel costs cover bus or train fares to attend appointments, college, volunteering opportunities, and job interviews, or reconnect with family.
Building Confidence: Activities to build self-esteem, hope and positive relationships
» Therapeutic activities such as music lessons and writing workshops provide positive experiences, new skills, friendships, and a sense of achievement.
» ‘Grow and Cook’ and Gardening projects employ therapeutic gardeners to help homeless people to develop new skills, relax, and work together.
» Fit for Life funding helps people to improve their health and self-worth. We fund activities such as football coaching, gym memberships and cycling.
» Arts and crafts funding provides the opportunities to express emotions and try new creative crafts such as painting or wood carving.
Developing Skills: People need to feel that they have something worth while to offer.
» Training and education grants help people fulfill their ambitions or begin new careers. They are used for course fees, uniforms and equipment.
» Life skills courses such as cooking on a budget and managing your money help people establish their independence.
» Digital inclusion provides people who have been homeless with the essential skills they need to use a computer and stay safe online.
» Volunteer expenses: Volunteering is an ideal route back into work and many homeless people want to give back to their community.
Making a Home: When someone is ready, a resettlement grant helps them turn a bare Flat into a home.
» People who have been homeless have very few possessions and very little money. Grants of up to £200 help them to buy the essential items they need.
We are unique in giving individual grants to support homeless people with their particular needs and aspirations. The grants allow our beneficiaries to purchase things for which there is no other funding available. We have a long history and experience of supporting homeless individuals; and a very efficient process that allows us to process grant applications and provide funding within a week.
If you’re thinking of making a donation this Christmas, there’s no better time than Giving Tuesday.