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Ways to practically help the homeless

Our hearts are stirred when we walk by people sitting or sleeping on our streets but it’s hard to know how to help. I feel the temptation to walk by but it’s so much better when I get down on their level, introduce myself and ask about their situation. Often I find that the person is already working with an organisation that is helping them and is just grateful that somebody has stopped to talk to them. It’s also good to ask if they want something particular to eat or drink.

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If someone is not getting any support, I try to point them in the direction of a local day centre that can help them claim benefits, find accommodation and get other practical help for their particular situation. I work for HOPE worldwide Two Step – in 2017 we began several partnerships with day centres so that they could refer people to us for help finding accommodation. This partnership approach is really effective and we housed 16 people referred this way in the last three months of 2017. If you would like to take part in a sponsored walk on Sat 24th 2018 March where you can learn more about how Two Step is helping the homeless and how you can help personally please go to https://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/TwoSteps2018

How to talk to someone who is street homeless:

Many people on the streets are using day centres and getting some kind of support. If someone is not being helped by any particular organisation and is sleeping rough, you can contact streetlink https://www.streetlink.org.uk/ and also to recommend any local homeless day centres that you know of or can find out about that could help them directly or refer them elsewhere. If you live in London this is a great site and app that you can use to help do this, https://www.nextmeal.co.uk/places

You can search for local homeless services in England here:
https://www.homeless.org.uk/search-homelessness-services

Things to remember:
· Make sure that you are not putting yourself in an unsafe situation e.g. by talking to someone who is drunk or in a group of people
· Get on their level and introduce yourself and ask if they are homeless and if anyone is helping them
· Find out about their situation to see what they need help with and perhaps buy them some food or drink and recommend they contact a local day centre.

Is it a good idea to give money?

If people are asking for money, I usually explain that I give money to a homeless charity rather than giving money on the street and offer to buy them something to eat or drink if I have time. I have donated to HOPE worldwide and supported Two Step for many years because the programme is very effective at housing the homeless. (If you would like to support Two Step please go to http://hopeworldwide.org.uk/BBDonate.asp and select Two Step from the Dropdown menu.)

Case Study: Two Step programme

HOPE worldwide’s programme ‘Two Step’ began after two Christians took the step of faith of sleeping on the streets of London for a week in order to meet homeless people, experience homelessness for themselves and understand how to help.

One of the people Two Step housed recently is Bill. Bill was homeless after splitting up with his partner and losing his business. The nights sleeping in the cold were taking their toll and he was desperate for somewhere to live before it got too much. Two Step were able to house him within a few days of his assessment so that he could start rebuilding his life. He is currently on a course to get his construction skills card so that he can begin working again.

How Two step works in partnership with other organisations to house the homeless (see below)
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Two Step now works in partnership with many night shelters, charities and local authority projects to help house the homeless –those on the streets and those insecurely housed. This partnership approach is really effective and Two Step now houses around 25 people per month.

Would you like to participate in an event to raise funds and learn more about how you can help?

Two Step are organising a sponsored walk on Saturday 24th March. This is an opportunity to play an active part in addressing homelessness by learning about how to help people personally and by raising money to support the work of Two Step.
For more details or to sponsor a participant, please go to https://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/TwoSteps2018

You will hear from people who have been homeless and possibly walk alongside them past sights like Trafalgar Square, London eye and the houses of parliament – see photos below from a previous walk and video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPV-qowI3uA

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At the reception at the end of the walk, you will learn about how you can talk to and advise someone who is homeless and also of how you could help further e.g. by volunteering in a night shelter. Hope worldwide staff will also outline the plans Two Step has for the future.

Background: What is causing the increase in homelessness?

The rise in homelessness is largely driven by poverty in it’s various forms.
Material poverty means people can’t afford to pay rent or a mortgage. Rents have risen much faster than wages and Housing benefit has been reduced then frozen so it is no surprise that evictions have risen sharply. The end of a private tenancy is now the largest single cause of homelessness.

Poverty of relationships is another huge factor – our society emphasises choice and freedom rather than duty and commitment. Relationship breakdown is the second largest single cause of homelessness.

Many homeless people also have an acute poverty of identity. The longer that someone sleeps rough or lives in poor conditions, the lower their self-esteem and the greater the chance of developing mental health problems.
Behind the statistics and trends, each story is unique. Here are four stories as recorded by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-42805242/four-stories-of-rough-sleeping-in-england

Being homeless carries significant personal risk. A homeless rough sleeper is 35 times more likely to attempt suicide, 13 times more likely to be a victim of violent crime and 47 times more likely to be a victim of theft. On average, street homeless people die at 47. You can read more about the facts of homelessness here: https://www.homeless.org.uk/facts-figures

Once someone loses their home, they may stay with friends and family for a while but it is often only a matter of time before they will have nowhere left to go. A lot of the people Two Step work with are in this situation and are very grateful that they can be housed before they have to live on the streets and face the risks outlined above. Thanks to all those who support our work!

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Sign up for our sponsored walk Sat 24 March

We would love to have you join us for ‘Two million Step for Two Step’ on Sat 24th March 2018. The event is a great way to meet people, raise money and learn about our work with the homeless – all whilst passing many iconic London sights like Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament. https://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/TwoSteps2018

 

 

The main walk will start from our Two Step office, 360 City Road, London EC1V 2PY to a reception at St Marks Kennington, (Oval Tube station), finishing around 1pm.

We are also inviting people that we have housed to participate.

To register, sponsor someone or for information please go to

https://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/TwoSteps2018

Background:

One of the highlights of 2017 was beginning new partnerships with night shelters to house rough sleepers. We would love to raise funds to help expand this work and help fund our existing work thorough this event

‘Two Million Steps for Two Step’ Sat 16th April 2016

We have started planning for our sponsored walk ‘Two million steps for Two Step’ on Saturday 16th April 2016. The 5.6 mile (9km) walk will be from our Homeless Services (Two Step) near Angel to our Recovery Services (ODAAT) in Kennington.

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Walkers taking a break and photo opportunity opposite the London eye.

To view the video of the 2015 event click here: Video of 2015 event.

If 200 people take part, we will walk two million steps between us all.
To register interest, please e-mail events@hopeworldwide.org.uk stating your Name and location e.g city or region of London e.g. North, East etc. and we will be in touch in the new year with registration details.

 

Snooker Stars in support of HOPE school

Snooker personalities Jimmy White, John Virgo and Alfie Burden starred in an event to raise vital funds for a HOPE school in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Hope Worldwide UK hosted the evening of entertainment at Guildford Spectrum on Monday 23rd March.

Jimmy White- Rubik Ghalustians- John Virgo- Alfie Burden

 

The evening kicked off with some trick shots by John Virgo, the former co-presenter of snooker-based TV game show Big Break with Jim Davidson.

Snooker legend and six-time World Championship finalist White, nicknamed The Whirlwind, then played a frame against event organiser Rubik Ghalustians with Virgo acting as MC. Read the full article here: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/sport/other-sport/jimmy-white-john-virgo-alfie-8911342

HOPE worldwide would like to thank:
Jimmy White, John Virgo and Alfie Burden for coming and making the exhibition a possibility
Molesey Refrigeration center in east Molesey who sponsored £500.00 pounds and their Miele centre which gave away a cat and Dog Miele vacuum cleaner as a free prize draw.
Dean Ralphson, the manager of Molesey Refrigeration.
Rubik Ghalustians, the director of  Rugal Repairs and Sales Ltd in west Molesey who organised the whole event.

Sponsored Walk ‘Two million Steps for Two Step’ 2015

Saturday 25th April 2015: 

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This event was a great success and we are repeating it in 2016 so the following details still apply.

Goals were:

  • For everyone to enjoy the day, learn more about how Two Step and ODAAT work and meet people that have been helped by these services.
  • total number of steps by participants to be at least two million
  • To raise £40,000 which will enable us to house about 80 more homeless people – a London bus full! –  who otherwise would not be able to access our service.  

 

Details of the walk:

Two Step to Oval (9km)   Arrive 9.30am – 11.00am at 360 City Road, EC1V 2PY.

Sights along the way:  Lincoln’s Inn Fields, St Martin’s in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, River Thames, London Eye, Battle of Britain memorial, Houses of Parliament,  The Big Issue, Oval Cricket ground .     A family-friendly quiz will be provided for the route.

Family Walk (4km) 10.45am at Embankment tube for 11.00am start – ‘Treasure Hunt’ sheet will be provided

Reduced mobility walk (3.5km) 10.00am for  10.15am start at Westminster tube

Short Walk (1km) 11.45am for 12noon start at Vauxhall Tube

Longer Walk (11km)   Extra  sights for the  11km walk are BFI IMAX, parliament square, Westminster Abbey and partner organisations in Victoria. Early bird start time of 9.30am recommended.

End of Walk Reception starts around 12.45pm. Venue: St. Marks Kennington SE11 4PW

How will it work on the day?

Sign-in and collect T-Shirts from Two Step office from 9.30am on Sat 25th April. There will be a staggered start so those that arrive first will leave first. For safety reasons walkers will be encouraged to walk in small groups. Please register by 16th April.

Directions and descriptions of sites along the way will be e-mailed out in advance and provided on the day if you need them. There will be marshalls at key points to try and avoid people getting lost!

(For those that are only able to walk part of the route, various options will be made available i.e. starting the walk at a point  along the route – all participants are invited to a reception at St Mark’s Church at the end of the walk. If you are unable to join us on the day but would like to do a walk elsewhere instead that is fine – just sign up as usual and mail us at events@hopeworldwide.org.uk)

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Adult and children’s T-Shirts (see below for sizes) can be pre-ordered for £4.00 (Adults) and £3.00 (children) once you have paid the £1 registration fee. This small fee covers the cost of registering and selling online, improves the service to you and reduces the work our busy admin team needs to do. Registration is free if you don’t wish to buy a T-shirt. Please do wear orange if you can!

Children’s T-shirt sizes are shown below – dimensions are in cm.

T-shirt sizes

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like  to help with the organisation of the event or ask any questions please e-mail events@hopeworldwide.org.uk

Two Step Overview:

Two Step team

 

Our Two Step staff team outside the Two Step Office: Lucy, Gavin, Rob, Daniela and Margrethe

Last year,  we broke records in terms of the numbers housed and also received national recognition by winning the ‘non-profit’ category in the Landlord and letting awards. However, this year we are facing a significant drop in local authority funding.  Unless we can raise funds elsewhere we will need to make staff redundant which will have a serious effect on our capacity to house vulnerable people. Please support this event if you can. Hope to see you on the day!

2014 outcomes infographic