A helping hand this winter | Depaulcharity

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A helping hand this winter

By Anna Couper - 4 December 2018

 

As the Community Fundraising Manager at Depaul UK, community groups often ask me how they can help in practical ways. They want to know how to refer to services, what helplines are available or what to do when they see someone sleeping rough.

This Christmas we’re launching our new Church Pack, full of information about how to spot the signs of homelessness and what to do when you do. We know that churches around the UK have the desire to help end the scourge of homelessness – so we’re giving them some extra tools to do so.

With details of support networks and advice lines, our Church pack is there to provide key information should you meet someone who needs help.

As the cold weather settles in and temperatures plummet, finding shelter from the elements becomes increasingly difficult. I know I’ve needed an extra layer or two on my morning commute over the last few weeks!

At this time of year, becoming homeless can be particularly dangerous, with rough sleepers risking serious illness and injury if they spend the night outdoors.

But across the country churches, communities and councils are coming together to provide beds, food and support this winter.

Our new church pack will help those looking to signpost and support those in need over the winter period and beyond. It’s a one-stop resource shop, empowering organisations and individuals to make a real difference and find help for people in a moment of crisis.

Our fantastic network of churches has been an amazing resource for us, helping to raise vital funds to support young people. Now we’re hoping those churches and their members will have more tools at their disposal to take practical steps to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it.

If you would like to find out more about our Church Packs, or apply to receive them, get in touch today at fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk  

If you have any concerns for anyone aged between 16 and 25 then please get in touch with Depaul directly as we may be able to provide emergency accommodation through our Nightstop hosts or offer critical advice in accessing safe housing and support.

 

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