Camden Winter Night Shelter 2017/18
C4WS Homeless Project provides a holistic welfare service for our guests. We help those who are homeless and have nowhere else to go, including those sleeping rough, on night buses and sofa surfing. We start supporting guests straight away and are looking to raise funds to continue our work.
November 2017 - March 2018
Charity information: C4WS Homeless Project
Homelessness is not a problem that is going away anytime soon. Governmental and welfare benefit changes mean that the issue of homelessness will continue to rise and C4WS Homeless Project have the expertise and resources to address it head on. • The areas in which we operate in Camden are ranked in the top 20% of England’s most deprived areas. The deprivation of this area means that our service is heavily relied upon by statutory and charitable organisations.
In our 14th year of operation, we aim to:
•Support a minimum of 300 homeless people across all our projects
•Rehouse a minimum of 90% of those that engage in our service
•Provide a mentoring and befriending service to a minimum of 15 people
•Support 30 people with out weekly English classes
•Offer our jobs club service to 40 homeless/recently homeless people
•Continue to develop our welfare service to provide funding for education and training grants and a rent deposit scheme
We focus on the welfare of each guest and give them all the time, resources and expertise available
Activities» C4WS Winter Night Shelter
» C4WS Mentoring and Befriending Scheme
» C4WS English Classes
» C4WS Jobs Club
We recognise the importance of being able to measure the impact of our work, to give insight into how well we are supporting people. We do this through verbal and written feedback
We will not stop working until every homeless person we work with is better off than when they first came to us. C4WS transforms lives, as it welcomes clients into a safe and productive space where they can work on their self esteem, attend our services and find respite from the streets.
Laws were recently introduced whereby EU Migrants could not claim benefits and so their only housing option was to gain financial independence. C4WS Jobs club was set up as a direct result. Since this announcement, the situation has worsened with fewer housing options available and the atmosphere of austerity and benefit cuts running rife. Due to these reasons, many of our guests are wholly dependent on Jobs Club, as this is their only way to escape homelessness.
Through personalised correspondence via email, post, social media and telephone calls.
Budget - Project Cost: £160,066Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £13,050 Guest Welfare Assistance over the shelter season £46,496 Running Costs Running costs for the entire project for one year £100,520 Staffing Costs Staffing costs for the entire project for one year
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Oliver Borthwick £6,000 Guaranteed GMS Estates £12,500 Guaranteed Streetsmart £15,000 Guaranteed The Allan Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed Beatrice Laing £5,000 Guaranteed
We run our Winter Night Shelter over the 5 coldest months of the year from November to March, with 13 churches across the London Borough of Camden participating across the course of the season. In addition, we offer year round welfare support, the success of which comes from holistically working with each individual to understand their support needs so we can help them with mental and physical health problems, addiction issues, immigration matters, welfare advice and housing advice.
C4WS Homeless Project exists to respond to the needs of homeless people that access our service and ask for help. Wherever possible we will act to prevent homelessness becoming a long-term problem in people’s lives and the issues that can develop as a result of this. We are on the front line, ready to support anyone that needs our help.
Our welfare support is the difference between someone being able to rebuild their lives or be stuck in a cycle of homelessness. Without our welfare support, there is no longevity to what we are doing and we don’t believe we are truly making any long term difference in the lives of homeless people.
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Councillor Richard Cotton
C4WS is the Mayor of Camden's chosen charity for 2017/18.