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Universal Credit ‘trapping’ young people

Depaul UK has sent a briefing to MPs warning of problems with flagship welfare reform Universal Credit.

The new system means that the young people supported by Depaul UK have to wait at least five weeks for their first Universal Credit standard allowance payment. During this time they often have to choose between having no money whatsoever, and taking on debt which would leave them unable to meet their basic living costs for months to come.

Depaul UK’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager Daniel Dumoulin said: “Universal Credit should be making it easier for young people with whom we work to get back on their feet, but instead it is trapping them in debt or leaving them with no money at all.

“The Government should urgently address these fixable problems by changing Universal Credit so that young people have to wait less time for their first payment.”

Depaul UK warns in the briefing that the current system may lead young people to engage in risky behaviours such as crime, begging or harmful relationships in order to survive.

At present, someone who applies for Universal Credit must wait at least five weeks to receive their first standard allowance payment, designed to support non-housing basic living costs such as food, energy bills and transport.

Although claimants can request a budgeting advance loan from the Department for Work and Pensions, this must be paid back from future Universal Credit payments which have been capped at £58 for people under-25 since 2016.

It is challenging for people to live on £58 a week, and there is no slack from which to repay debt while meeting essential living costs.

One young person supported by Depaul UK budgeted just £12 a week for food while in receipt of Universal Credit.

George, 20, said: “Trying to live off £58 per week is unbearable, trying to live off less than that to repay a loan would be impossible, at least without getting into more debt or going hungry. It would also lead to isolation and depression. As a country we should empower not embarrass young people.”

Depaul UK recommends in the briefing that the Government reduce the waiting time for Universal Credit payments to two weeks. This would mean funding three additional weeks of Universal Credit payments, equating to a cost of around £175 per new claimant aged under 25.

The total cost of this measure would be far less than the billions of pounds of savings generated each year by the Government’s benefits freeze. Depaul UK believes that the Government should reinvest some of these savings to ensure that we have a functioning safety net for young people.

Dusk Walk London

'I still went to college but it was so hard. I just wanted to cry all the time.'

After leaving an abusive home, Sarah found herself with nowhere to go, She was left with no other option but to sleep alone in a local park. For two weeks she experienced the unimaginable fear and loneliness of sleeping rough. 

'Nightstop saved me when no one else cared.'

Today Sarah has her own flat, is working hard at college and is looking forward to a bright future and a career as a carer.

It started with just one night. One safe place to sleep. One step.

Could you take steps to end homelessness this October?

And help us be there every night for young people like Sarah.

Click now to register your place.

When is it?

October 12 2018 at dusk

Where is it happening?

Our starting point will be Sherborne House in Bermondsey

How far is it?

10 miles with refreshment and information stops along the way!

What will you need?

A pair of trainers and yourself, we'll provide the rest!

Fundraising Target?

£150 with a £10 registration fee

 

Once registered you will receive your own Depaul T-shirt, a goodie bag and a walking pack with everything you will need to know.

REGISTER today!

Joining us as a group or with children? Fill in the form below and we'll let you know how you can register.

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We take good care of your details and they are always safe with us. You can find out more by accessing our privacy policy here.

Please fill in the fields below. If you would like any more information or help with your form you can email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk or call 0207 939 1220 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).

We would love to keep you up to date with our latest news, stories from young people and ways to get involved including giving to Depaul UK (including Nightstop UK). Please tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to let us know if you’d like to hear from us:

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Dusk Walk North East

'I still went to college but it was so hard. I just wanted to cry all the time.'

After leaving an abusive home, Sarah found herself with nowhere to go, She was left with no other option but to sleep alone in a local park. For two weeks she experienced the unimaginable fear and loneliness of sleeping rough. 

'Nightstop saved me when no one else cared.'

Today Sarah has her own flat, is working hard at college and is looking forward to a bright future and a career as a carer.

It started with just one night. One safe place to sleep. One step.

Could you take steps to end homelessness this October?

And help us be there every night for young people like Sarah.

Click now to register your place.

When is it?

October 12 2018 at dusk

Where is it happening?

Rising Sun Country Park

How far is it?

It's a 5km circular route, with refreshment and information points!

What will you need?

A pair of trainers and yourself, we'll provide the rest!

Fundraising Target?

£100 with a £10 registration fee

REGISTER today!

Once registered you will receive your own Depaul T-shirt, a goodie bag and a walking pack with everything you will need to know.

Joining us as a group or with children? Fill in the form below and we'll let you know how you can register.

Apply

We take good care of your details and they are always safe with us. You can find out more by accessing our privacy policy here.

Please fill in the fields below. If you would like any more information or help with your form you can email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk or call 0207 939 1220 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).

We would love to keep you up to date with our latest news, stories from young people and ways to get involved including giving to Depaul UK (including Nightstop UK). Please tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to let us know if you’d like to hear from us:

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Dusk Walk North West

'I still went to college but it was so hard. I just wanted to cry all the time.'

After leaving an abusive home, Sarah found herself with nowhere to go, She was left with no other option but to sleep alone in a local park. For two weeks she experienced the unimaginable fear and loneliness of sleeping rough.

'Nightstop saved me when no one else cared.'

Today Sarah has her own flat, is working hard at college and is looking forward to a bright future and a career as a carer.

It started with just one night. One safe place to sleep. One step.

Could you take steps to end homelessness this October?

And help us be there every night for young people like Sarah.

Click now to register your place.

When is it?

October 12 2018 at dusk

Where is it happening?

Manchester City Centre

How far is it?

5 miles with refreshment and information stops along the way!

What will you need?

A pair of trainers and yourself, we'll provide the rest!

Fundraising Target?

£100 with a £10 registration fee

 

Once registered you will receive your own Depaul T-shirt, a goodie bag and a walking pack with everything you will need to know.

REGISTER today!

Joining us as a group or with children? Fill in the form below and we'll let you know how you can register.

Apply

We take good care of your details and they are always safe with us. You can find out more by accessing our privacy policy here.

Please fill in the fields below. If you would like any more information or help with your form you can email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk or call 0207 939 1220 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).

We would love to keep you up to date with our latest news, stories from young people and ways to get involved including giving to Depaul UK (including Nightstop UK). Please tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to let us know if you’d like to hear from us:

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    All the details for our Manchester walk

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Roo’s memory lives on for 20 years

October 4th, 2018

Twenty years ago Ruth Tidy – “Roo” – was killed in a car accident,  inspiring Roo’s Fund which has provided hundreds of small grants   to help young people into education, training or employment.

The 18-year-old was killed in a head-on collision with a driver who was driving at 70mph on the wrong side of a 30mph road.

Following her death, parents Ian and Jackie Tidy of Darlington established ‘Roo’s Fund’ and selected youth homelessness charity Depaul UK as the beneficiary.

Ruth’s dad Ian said: “Ruth could never pass an outstretched hand or indeed anyone in need, and, because of this, we wanted the money she was saving for her university expenses to help those who were in need.

“Ruth would be very proud to know her fund has helped so many people. It has helped to return to many a sense of pride and self-worth.”

Since 1998, Roo’s Fund has provided thousands of grants to hundreds of young people who have gone on to become care workers, teaching assistants, aeronautical engineers, carpenters, hairdressers, mechanics, doctors, secretaries and to join many other trades and professions.

Depaul UK’s Associate Director for Community Engagement Nick Sinclair said: “The Fund is used for all sorts of things to support young people to identify and meet their goals.

“Roo’s Fund is one of the many things that make me proud to work for Depaul. Everything about it is about putting our values into practice.

“On behalf of everyone at Depaul, and all the young people that the fund has helped, I want to say ‘thankyou’ to the Tidy family.”

    Professionals sleep out for Depaul

    Professionals from all sectors of industry, MPs and Peers will give up a night of comfort by sleeping out in the elements at London’s Kia Oval cricket ground on 10 October to help end homelessness. 

    Southwark-based homelessness charity Depaul is running its annual Sleepout to raise funds for its vital prevention services which ensure young people across the UK and abroad don’t end up sleeping on the streets.

    London Deputy Mayor (Housing) James Murray backed Depaul Sleepout on behalf of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying: “We are very fortunate in London to have fantastic charities like Depaul, who provide immediate help to those facing the risk or reality of sleeping rough. I would like to convey the Mayor’s thanks to the many dedicated staff and volunteers who make possible the great work Depaul does for Londoners.”

    He added: “Rough sleeping in London fell last year for the first time in a decade, but we have a moral duty to work together until no-one needs to sleep rough on the streets of London. That’s why the Mayor is doing all he can to help more rough sleepers – such as doubling the number outreach workers, and providing an extra £600,000 to boost winter night shelters – while making the case to national government that they should fully fund services and honestly tackle the root causes of homelessness.”

    Depaul UK runs a number of youth homelessness services in London, including a day centre at Sherborne House, Southwark, which also serves as the base of Nightstop London, its emergency accommodation service, and Alone in London, a preventative advice and support service for young people at risk of homelessness.

    Supported housing in Westminster, Bromley, Brent and Greenwich as well as prisons work for former offenders facing homelessness are also managed by Depaul from Sherborne House.

    It is part of the Depaul International family of homelessness charities which also work in Croatia, Ireland, France, Slovakia, Ukraine and the US. Funds raised will help its work in London and across the UK as well as the work of Depaul International overseas.

    Depaul UK CEO Mike Thiedke said: “Depaul Sleepout is a powerful event which changes perceptions about people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It brings together London’s dynamic and caring business community who do so much to support our work in Britain and abroad.

    “Giving up the comfort of your bed to help people who are marginalised and living in isolation is a humbling, valuable and memorable experience. I will be out there with my sleeping bag this year, and would urge all professionals to join us at this year’s Depaul Sleepout and help to end homelessness once and for all.”

    Over the past four years, Depaul has persuaded chief executives, MPs and Peers to sleep out to raise funds for its work in prestigious venues – including Wembley Stadium, Lord’s Cricket Ground, and Somerset House.

    The evening will include music from a young person supported by Depaul, a charity auction, soup dinner and a cash bar.

    World Homeless Day educates people about homeless issues, celebrates and supports local good works, and highlights local homelessness issues. 

    To register for this year’s Depaul Sleepout, click here

    Media Contact: Alfonso Redondo, Senior Communications Officer, Depaul UK, Alfonso.Redondo@depaulcharity.org.uk, 07580 328 308

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    Sleepout Stars

    Last year, by holding a school sleepout or "sleep-in", hundreds of children raised thousands of pounds to support Depaul UK's work with homeless and vulnerable young people.

    Our President, Sir Trevor McDonald, said: "By becoming Depaul Sleepout Stars, your pupils can make a difference to the lives of others, find out more about youth homelessness and raise vital funds for this most worthy cause."

     

    When: World Homeless Day. During October school children nationwide will be joining the Sleepout Stars and taking part in the annual Depaul UK School Sleepout

    Where: Your school playground or hall

    Why: Every year 80,000 young people in the UK experience homelessness and this number is on the rise. Depaul UK believes every young person should have a safe place to call home and our Sleepout Stars are helping make this happen.

    What is a Sleepout? A sleepout focuses attention on just how hard life can become for a young person who has exhausted other options and finds themselves sleeping outside. We suggest your Sleepout takes place in your school playground or fields.

    What is a Sleep-in? A sleep-in could take place inside your main hall or gym. This could be a great way of raising awareness as most youth homelessness is 'hidden' from sight, with young people sofa surfing with friends or family members until their welcome wears out.

    Complete the form below and we will be in touch with your organiser's pack and full range of Sleepout Stars resources, including assembly presentations for primary and secondary schools.

    Get in touch on 020 7939 1281 or email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

     

     

    Apply

    We take good care of your details and they are always safe with us. You can find out more by accessing our privacy policy here.

    Please fill in the fields below. If you would like any more information or help with your form you can email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk or call 0207 939 1220 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).

    We would love to keep you up to date with our latest news, stories from young people and ways to get involved including giving to Depaul UK (including Nightstop UK). Please tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to let us know if you’d like to hear from us:

      Pyjama Day

      Your school can make a real difference and support Depaul's work with homeless and vulnerable young people by organising a Pyjama Day!

       

      When? World Homeless Day so any time in October is great.

      How? Pupils collect sponsorship or make a suggested donation of £1-£2 to spend the day at school in their pyjamas. Set up a JustGiving page for your school to make donating even more quick and easy at: www.justgiving.com/depaul

      Why? Holding a Pyjama Day focuses attention on just how difficult life can become for a young person who has exhausted other options and finds themselves sleeping outside. As your pupils are putting on their pyjamas and getting ready for bed, hundreds of homeless young people across the UK won't have a bed of their own to sleep in. ​

       

      Most importantly, have fun!  Pick a theme, superhero PJs or onesies?

       

      Register your school or group and we will be in touch with your fundraising pack and lesson plans to help raise awareness of youth homelessness.

       

      Get in touch on 020 7939 1281 or email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk - we’ll be happy to help.

       

      Apply

      We take good care of your details and they are always safe with us. You can find out more by accessing our privacy policy here.

      Please fill in the fields below. If you would like any more information or help with your form you can email fundraising@depaulcharity.org.uk or call 0207 939 1220 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).

      We would love to keep you up to date with our latest news, stories from young people and ways to get involved including giving to Depaul UK (including Nightstop UK). Please tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to let us know if you’d like to hear from us:

        Individual Giving Officer

        Job titleJob reference number
        Individual Giving Officer2109.IGO
        SalaryHours per week
        £24,700 (Regional) or £28,000 (London)37.5
        Contract typeLocation
        Fixed Term of 12 months from appointment dateNationwide (London or Regional office)

        We are currently looking for an Individual Giving Officer to come and join our team based at any of our regional offices in London, Manchester, Sheffield and Whitley Bay. You will join us on a full time, permanent basis working 37.5 hours per week. You will receive a competitive salary + pension and other benefits.

        Depaul UK delivers a wide range of support and housing services for young people and adults at risk of homelessness. We specialise in the provision of services that; prevent homelessness, increase the resilience of those we work with and energise opportunities for employment, education, training and volunteering in the communities we work within.

        Our organisation reaches from Newcastle to London, Greater Manchester to Sheffield and Kent.

        In return as our Individual Giving Officer, we can offer you:

        - Competitive salary

        - Five weeks annual holiday plus bank holidays (rising to six weeks plus bank holidays)

        - Contributory pension scheme

        - Life assurance

        - Childcare voucher scheme

        About the role:

        As our Individual Giving Officer you will use your creative talents to support the Individual Giving Manager ensure that Depaul UK stands out from the crowd and builds a loyal and lasting supporter base to provide stability for the charity in the years to come.

        What you will be doing as our Individual Giving Officer:

        - Work with the Individual Giving Manager to achieve agreed annual budget targets by project managing donor development campaigns, including end-to-end management of the annual appeals and retention mailings, including the creative process, writing creative briefs, overseeing copy development, managing production and fulfilment

        - Manage digital marketing elements of supporter retention campaigns, ensuring effective integration with our communications strategy

        - Work with the Individual Giving Manager to deliver the acquisition marketing campaign at Depaul UK

        - Manage the income and expenditure for projects ensuring value for money is maintained at all times

        - Contribute to the annual planning and budgeting cycle of the team

        - Analyse and produce accurate results for direct marketing activity interpreting results to inform future fundraising activity

        - Provide administrative support to the Individual Giving team helping to ensure expenditure is recorded and paid on time, and when needed income is recorded and banked

        - Provide support for the Legacy Marketing programme

        Our ideal Individual Giving Officer will have the below skills and experience:

        - At least 2 years working in a Direct Marketing environment

        - Project management experience, including liaising with external suppliers or agencies is essential

        - Proven experience of creating/editing engaging copy is essential

        - Experience of using a fundraising database is essential (Raiser’s Edge database is desirable)

        - Experience of supporting income of over £250K is essential

        - Knowledge of Code of Fundraising Practice,  Data Protection and Gift Aid legislation is essential

        - Strong knowledge of the charity sector is essential

        - Knowledge of the homeless / social care sector is desirable

        - Knowledge of print production and direct mailing techniques is essential

        - Knowledge of digital communications is desirable

        - Commitment to attend evening meetings, conferences, etc as appropriate to the needs of the job

         

        So if this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you and you’d like to become our new  Individual Giving Officer  then please click ‘apply’ today – don’t miss out, we’d love to hear from you!

        Closing date: 9th October 2018 @ midday

        Interview Date: TBC

         

        An enhanced DBS disclosure is a requirement for this post. Our recruitment checks, induction and ongoing support and supervision reflect our commitment to safeguarding our clients.

        Depaul UK strives to be equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

        We kindly request no contact from Recruitment or Media Agencies.

        Application Documents

        The Depaul Box Company

        Do you want to help homeless young people but don't know where to start?

        If you are moving house or putting stuff in storage, use the Depaul Box Company! 

        Instead of just relying on donations, the Depaul Box Company is our way to raise funds for our work while supplying you with boxes when you need them. 

        Our boxes look, cost and work exactly the same as all the others out there. The only difference is ours do a lot of good for the homeless.

        By using a box, you can ensure a young person doesn’t have to sleep on one!

         

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