Advocacy Update 25 September 2017

Words: Carl Tarsey on September 25, 2017

Since the project was started in January, by founder Jasper Thompson, we have provided outreach to over 1480 service users; hot food and drinks, food packs, hygiene packs, sleeping bags, clothing, advice and signposting to other agencies as appropriate.

We have also provided short term, emergency accommodation to 29 residents. We were donated a four berth caravan at the end of January, and have now converted three shipping containers for residential use.

Of the 1480 service users we have seen, 16% were ex-service personnel, 12% were female, 16% were Eastern European, 2% South African, 68% had substance misuse issues, 40% had mental health issues.

Help Bristol’s Homeless currently receives no funding, statutory or otherwise, but we are continually applying and are confident that this situation will soon change. We are a registered social enterprise and able to generate our own income and will be opening a charity shop shortly. In the meantime we rely on the generosity of donations from our supporters and thank you for helping us; we couldn’t do this without you.

We are currently based on a temporary site on the Malago Road in Bedminster. We are very excited that we have potentially found a permanent site that we would like to relocate to, and are currently in negotiations with Bristol City Council, who are being extremely supportive.

On this site we would look to have ten residential units, a laundry room plus a kitchen/canteen. The residents would stay with us for a period of up to 12 months, during this time they would be given support to help them deal with any on-going issues, refer to partner issues where appropriate and help them access education or employment. We also have an arrangement in place for move on accommodation when the resident is ready to leave HBH.

Help Bristol’s Homeless is a voluntary project and without your generous donations we would not be able to continue with this vital work.

By making a donation small donation of just £5 you will help enable us to make a real difference to a desperate situation.

Thank you.

– Jasper and the HBH Team.

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