Project information

Supporting Homeless People

We help homeless people to rebuild their lives with support grants that meet their individual needs. They may be sleeping rough, in a hostel, women in refuges, young people, families, veterans, or refugees. We help homeless people of all ages, faiths, and nationalities to get back on their feet.

Until homelessness is a thing of the past

Charity information: Church Homeless Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    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.
    Church Homeless Trust is a small charity that receives no government funding and is entirely reliant on donations.

    Solution

    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.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    A Warm Welcome: Helping people to come off the streets and regain their dignity and wellbeing.


    Activities

    » Welcome packs of toiletries, underwear, 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.

    What success will look like

    Success will be reaching and supporting an increased number of beneficiaries across the country through our partner services.


    Aim 2

    Building Confidence: Activities to build self-esteem, hope, and positive relationships.


    Activities

    » 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 express emotions and try new creative crafts such as painting or wood carving.

    What success will look like

    Success would be increased beneficiary engagment with activities, and an improvement in the positive changes they experience in both their mental and physical health.


    Aim 3

    Developing Skills: people need to feel that they have something worthwhile to offer.


    Activities

    » Training and education grants help people fulfil 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.

    What success will look like

    Success would be an increasing number of our beneficiaries learning new skills to live independently, volunteering, and returning to work.


    Aim 4

    Making a home: When someone is ready, a resettlement grant helps them turn a bare flat into a home.


    Activities

    » 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.

    What success will look like

    We have resettled more than 500 people in the past year and hope to increase that number in the coming year.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project aims to remove people permanently from the cycle of homelessness, which can begin in early childhood. More people will be equipped with the tools and skills they need to safeguard their mental health, build strong relationships, feel self-worth, and be part of a community, which they will settle into successfully.

    Risk

    Demand becomes too high:
    We will monitor expenditure and prioritise urgent requests.
    Money being mis-spent:
    We always give through approved support workers who keep receipts for expenditure and ensure that it is spent on what the homeless person needs.
    Not knowing our impact:
    Because our beneficiaries have had chaotic lives, it can be difficult to monitor the success of our funding, but we have introduced a new application form that puts us in direct contact with the beneficiary.

    Reporting

    We run a website and send out monthly email newsletters to our donors. We also produce an Annual Report and biannual newsletters that demonstrate success stories and show statistics on our work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Warm welcome Essentials for people coming off the streets or into hostels
      £2,000 Building confidence Providing therapeutic activities, fitness, arts, and gardening sessions to homeless people
      £2,000 Developing skills Providing access to training, education, digital skills, life skills and volunteering opportunities
      £4,000 Making a home Resettlement grants of £200 per person
  • Background

    Location

    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.

    Beneficiaries

    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 that have been illegally evicted; and asylum seekers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    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.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Miriam Morris

    Miriam will promote the funds to service providers to ensure they reach as many people as possible with maximum impact.

    Ruth Uwimana

    Ruth will work tirelessly with corporate partners to raise additional funding for the project.

    Nicole Holgate

    Nicole will advertise the projects and ensure as much engagement as possible.

    Rita Amoateng

    Rita will compile the support funding applications and administrate the grants process.