Hostel residents working together to bring ‘Bunny Park’ bouncing back to glory in time for summer
A dedicated group of residents from a local homelessness hostel are working together to help get Ealing ‘Bunny Park’ ready for summer.
Up to six members of the Broadway 65 hostel have been visiting the park once a week since October to help build a new enclosure for some South American capybaras.
Homelessness charity supports “win, win” suspended coffee idea
London’s local homelessness charity is urging local coffee shops and cafés to support the suspended coffee phenomenon currently sweeping the world.
Broadway Homelessness and Support helps more than 7,000 homeless people every year and is lending its support to the suspended coffee movement, which already has more than 81,000 Facebook fans. It is asking café and coffee shop owners to get on board with the idea and make it known to customers.
Wacky and wonderful fundraising efforts rewarded by homelessness charity
London’s local homelessness charity celebrated a year of challenging its supporters to reach new heights by holding its first ever fundraising awards ceremony.
It comes after the charity, Broadway Homelessness and Support, set the 10 Challenges for its supporters to attempt throughout the year. Categories within the scheme ranged from sports personality of the year to individual fundraising champion.
City of London Corporation and Big Society Capital invest £5.5m into property fund for homeless people
City of London Corporation and Big Society Capital have invested £500,000 and £5m respectively into a social impact investment fund targeting the purchase of about 240 Greater London properties that will be available for homeless people to rent.
Set up to develop and shape a sustainable social investment market in the UK, Big Society Capital is an independent financial institution that gives organisations tackling major social issues access to new sources of finance to help them thrive and grow.
It is putting money into the Real Lettings Property Fund alongside the City of London Corporation, which is contributing through its new social investment fund as part of its initiative to make London a centre for social investment.
£10.75m property fund purchases first property for homeless people
A two-bed flat in Dollis Hill may seem a relatively modest purchase for a multi-million pound investment fund but it could yet prove to be one of the most important property buys of the year for those struggling with homelessness in the Capital.
The £250,000 home has been purchased by the Real Lettings Property Fund. This is a social impact investment fund run by Real Lettings, an enterprise arm of charity Broadway Homelessness and Support, and Resonance Ltd, a leading social impact investment company.
Good souls asked to donate unwanted shoes to homelessness charity
A London-based homelessness charity is asking people to spring clean their shoe collections and donate any footwear they no longer want to a centre for homeless people in Shepherd’s Bush.
Shoes and boots received through donations will be given to those who visit the Broadway Centre, which offers rough sleepers essential support with benefits, access to nurses,and a telephone and mailing system. Rough sleepers and clients most at need will be provided with suitable boots or shoes.
TV star Phil Spencer confirmed as Broadway patron
Phil Spencer, star of Channel Four’s Location, Location, Location, has agreed to become the patron of London’s local homelessness charity, Broadway.
Phil, who also presents Secret Agent and quiz show, The Common Denominator, has supported the charity for the past 10 years and has now officially confirmed his patronage for 2013.
PR chief executive spends a morning helping rough sleepers
The chief executive of a corporate press agency spent the early hours of yesterday morning on the streets of the City supporting some of the capital’s most vulnerable rough sleepers.
Mark Houlding, of Rostrum Communications, was with the Broadway Homelessness and Support street outreach team. Rostrum has been supporting Broadway for the past six months on a number of projects, including offering grants to Broadway clients to help them set up their own businesses.
Pioneering homelessness assessment centre celebrates first birthday
A ground-breaking assessment centre for homeless people and rough sleepers is celebrating its first anniversary this week.
The Lambeth Assessment Centre, in Vauxhall, opened on 2 April 2012 and, over the past year, it has housed in excess of 300 homeless people, including more than 200 rough sleepers.
Broadway appointed to take forward No Second Night Out in London
Homeless charity Broadway Homelessness and Support has been appointed to take forward the Mayor of London's successful No Second Night Out (NSNO) service that has already helped get more than 2,900 new rough sleepers off the capital’s streets.
Peru, Costa Rica, and Vietnam… whoever thought fundraising could be so much fun?
Do you fancy fundraising with a twist in 2013?
Broadway Homelessness and Support, which helps more than 7,000 homeless people every year, is offering you the chance to see some of the world’s most amazing countries and cities, all for a good cause.
The charity has teamed up with Do It for Charity to offer treks through Peru and Costa Rica as well as cycle rides through Vietnam.
Photography fan makes most of homelessness scheme
A former rough sleeper from Shepherd’s Bush has praised a free photography project that she says has helped her to reconnect to her area.
Tracey Raines, 45, is a resident at a Broadway Homelessness and Support hostel by Shepherd’s Bush Road. She has been taking part in the charity’s spring photo project that was launched in February to help boost the skills and confidence of homeless people in the area.
Tracey has since taken photos out on the streets of west London and has also visited exhibitions to learn more about the techniques behind photography.
Volunteer for Broadway in 2013
Broadway Homelessness and Support is appealing for individual volunteers to sign up and help out over the next 12 months. The charity, which works across half of London’s 32 boroughs in street outreach, hostel work and learning support, is looking for people to volunteer in its research, admin and client service departments.
Broadway launches 'phones for homes' appeal
Everyone has old mobile phones, ink cartridges and computer bits hanging around their house … and very few people know how to safely dispose of them.
But now, Broadway - London’s local homelessness charity - is giving you the chance to donate these items and also raise money to help homeless people. Everyone’s a winner!
The charity, which works in more than half of the boroughs of London, will take in your unwanted phones, ink cartridges and IT equipment as part of its Phones for Homes campaign.
Business start-up grants bid for by Broadway clients
Rostrum Communications, the corporate PR agency, has announced it will sponsor two business start-up grants offered by Broadway Homelessness and Support - a London-based charity that focuses on helping homeless people off the street and into a stable home.
Homelessness charity to “give cash” to budding fundraising entrepreneurs
Broadway Homelessness and Support is offering people the chance to prove their skills as an entrepreneur by taking part in a “money-making” fundraising game.
The Apprentice-style game sees teams compete against each other to raise as much money as possible from a £10 stake offered by the charity.
Real Lettings hunting empty properties in Merton
Landlords who own empty properties in Merton are being asked to get in touch with a charitable social enterprise that is looking to house formerly homeless people in the borough.
Real Lettings, part of the Broadway Homelessness and Support charity that also provides housing advice for young people in the area, is seeking empty homes it can renovate under a government grant scheme and then lease from landlords in return for a five-year guaranteed rent and full property management package.
Health project set to support 'hard to reach' homeless communities
Broadway Homelessness and Support is set to unveil a health project for vulnerable and homeless people across Hammersmith and Fulham, paid for by the National Lottery Good Causes fund.
Our charity, which last year helped more than 7,000 people on their journey from street to home, is running the three-year project – funded through a £262,788 grant from the Big Lottery Fund - to deal with health issues affecting “hard to reach” communities in the west London borough.
'Landscape of pay freezes and job insecurity' across the homelessness sector
The environment of competitive tendering for contracts within the homelessness and care sector is creating a landscape of pay freezes and job insecurity, warns an employment report.
More than 80 per cent of organisations from the homelessness and care sector had concerns about pay freezes in the coming year while more than a third from the social housing, homelessness and care sectors said it may affect the ability to hire and retain staff with the right skills.
Donate your car for scrap and help London’s local homelessness charity
An innovative car scrapping scheme is giving you the chance to support London’s local homelessness charity … at no cost to yourself.
GiveaCar, a not-for-profit social enterprise, is working with Broadway Homelessness and Support, which last year helped more than 7,000 people from across the Capital on their journey from street to home.
If you wish to scrap your car in aid of Broadway, simply visit the GiveaCar website at www.giveacar.co.uk, fill in the online form and decide how much of the value you would like to be donated to the charity.
Photography project will give homeless people a better view of their area
Homeless people in Shepherd’s Bush are set to document their lives in hostels and on the street through a charity photography course.
Residents at the Broadway Homelessness and Support hostel, near Shepherds Bush Green, will be taken on a 10-week course by professional photographers. They will also get the chance to take pictures alone to document their own lives in the area.
Marathon runners invited to support Broadway
Runners who won a balloted place in this year’s London Marathon are being invited to raise money for the Capital’s local homelessness charity, Broadway.
Fundraisers at the charity, which last year supported more than 7,000 people from all over London on their journey from street to home, say every competitor is welcome to help them make a difference.
Those who wish to support the charity will not have a fundraising target but will instead be able to raise as much money as they wish.
Homelessness risk will rise in 2013 says Broadway chief executive
An already strained London rental market could struggle to cope with an increase in low income families caught up in benefit capping, says the chief executive of a City-based homelessness charity.
Howard Sinclair, chief executive of Broadway Homelessness and Support, said the market will have to cope with many more low income renters after the decision to cap benefit increases below inflation was voted for last night in the House of Commons. He says this could lead to more people being homeless and sleeping rough.
Although it will affect families across the UK, high rents for those in the Capital will mean Londoners will struggle to stay in their homes to a greater extent as benefits fall in real terms.
Mr Sinclair said: “Charities like Broadway do all they can to support those at risk of homelessness but the rental market is getting more difficult out there and people could soon be running out of options as their income slowly begins to lag further behind what they can afford.
“Two years ago, 48 per cent of people on Local housing Allowance used other benefits to top up their rent. This figure is only set to increase.
“Sleeping rough is one of the most distressing situations in which a person can find themselves. Our concern is the distinct possibility that the consequences of these changes will heighten the number of people in real danger losing their homes and ending up on our streets.”
The Commons vote will implement a three-year cap of one per cent rises - which is below the expected rise in the cost of living - on most working-age benefits and tax credits for three years from 2013/14.
This includes jobseekers’ allowance, income support and employment and support allowance.
Figures released last year showed a 43 per cent increase in the number of rough sleepers in London.
Broadway Homelessness and Support helped more than 7,000 people last year on their journey from street to home.
It provides hostel and supported housing services as well as housing and welfare advice, substance misuse support and street outreach for rough sleepers.
Broadway's reaction to Autumn Statement 2012
Chancellor George Osborne’s welfare spending cuts, announced today in the Autumn Statement, could have a drastic effect on both homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in London.
Broadway wins at Charity Times Awards 2012!
We are proud to announce that on the 18th October Broadway won the HR Management Award at the Charity Times 2012 Awards. This award recognises the work done by HR managers in maintaining the professionalism and integrity of a UK-registered charity, ensuring the charity is a good place to work and applies the highest ethical working standards.
Real Lettings joins Landlord Accreditation Scheme to promote good standards
Real Lettings, a social enterprise set up by homelessness charity Broadway, has joined a number of other Landlords and Lettings agents by accrediting the service with the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS).
Share to Buy launch new savings bond that helps the homeless
Broadway are delighted to be the beneficiary of another exciting product from Share to Buy.
London Street Prints support Broadway
One of the most exciting projects this year, London Street Prints is a small group of artists & designers in collaboration to create a series of prints inspired by the Olympic Games. The prints will be sold to help people who are sleeping rough in the city in 2012.
We are delighted that Broadway has been chosen as the beneficiary of the project.
London sees a 43% rise in people seen rough sleeping, but 70% of new people are not spending a second night on the streets due to increased efforts to tackle the issue
Figures released today (29th June 2012) by the homelessness charity Broadway show that in 2011/12 the total number of people seen sleeping on the streets of London rose to 5,678, a 43% increase on the previous year.
Broadway launches Business Start-Up Grant
We are pleased to announce that four of our clients have been awarded a Broadway Business Start-Up Grant.
Futureheads support Broadway clients back into work
Futureheads, the digital media recruiters, have been supporting Broadway clients in the search for work, offering information and advice in an interview workshop for job applicants.
Broadway and L&Q open ground breaking Lambeth Assessment Centre for homeless people
Homelessness charity Broadway and Housing Association L&Q are delighted to announce the opening of a ground breaking assessment centre for people sleeping on the streets in Lambeth.