6,508 people seen rough sleeping in London last year, reveals new report
A new report ‘Street to Home 2013/14’, produced by charity St Mungo’s Broadway, shows that 6,508 people were seen sleeping on the streets of London between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. This compares to 6,437 the previous year – a 1% rise.
Broadway merged with St Mungo’s on 1 April 2014 to form the new charity St Mungo’s Broadway.
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Croydon Council to invest £10m in property fund to ease homelessness
In what is a first by a local authority, Croydon Council is set to invest £10m into a property fund that will buy homes to rent to the borough’s homeless people and families.
The initial commitment – which may rise to £20m if successful – is being invested into the Real Lettings Property Fund, run by social impact fund manager Resonance and homelessness charity, Broadway. This innovative fund leases properties to Broadway for use in its social lettings project, Real Lettings.
The team at Real Lettings provides affordable accommodation in the private rented sector for former homeless people.
Local homelessness charity thanks community
after raising £14,500 in winter appeal
Fundraising staff at Broadway, London’s local homelessness charity, have praised the kindness of its community supporters after raising more than £7,500 in its recent winter appeal.
The money raised will be used to help Broadway provide services for thousands of homeless and vulnerably housed clients over the next 12 months and the funds have been described as “invaluable”.
Broadway’s winter appeal was launched in November 2013 and was entitled Every Life Matters.
There’s a buzz about a former homeless man’s new business venture
A former rough sleeper who was helped into a home and then supported to combat his substance misuse issues is now preparing to start his own business, thanks to a £500 grant from the charity that helped turn his life around.
Anil Parmar, 43, battled alcohol and drug addictions for a some years but is now looking to make a fresh start with his business Buzz Bike Hire, an innovative idea that sees electric bikes rented out to London’s tourists and helps reduce their carbon footprint.
Chalk Farm fundraiser taking one for the team to support local charity
A Chalk Farm resident who only moved to the capital six months ago is hitting the hills and swimming baths of north London to prepare for this summer’s London Triathlon.
Andrew Hunter, 23, of Eton Road, is taking on the challenge for Broadway Homelessness and Support, a London-based charity that helped more than 9,500 people last year.
Homelessness charity appeals for business mentors
to help clients back into work
Homelessness charity, Broadway, is appealing for members of the business community to become mentors to its clients who are looking for avenues back into work.
The charity, which supports more than 10,000 people a year on their journey from street to home, runs a work and learning project for its current and formerly homeless clients.
Getting fit in the New Year is as easy as one, two, three
Broadway, London’s local homelessness charity, is giving you the chance to get fit for a good cause by signing up for the 2014 London Triathlon.
The charity, which was set up 11 years ago and now supports more than 10,000 homeless and vulnerably housed people a year in London and Oxford, has 10 spaces to fill for the event on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August.
More than 13,000 entrants are expected to run, cycle and swim a range of distances at the event. People are invited to sign up as an individual in the super sprint, sprint, Olympic or Olympic plus distances or as a team in the sprint or Olympic relay events. Distances vary between challenges.
Homeless centre throws opens its doors to community and invites locals to Christmas Fayre
A local homelessness charity is welcoming the local community in at its first ever Christmas Fayre. Broadway Homelessness and Support is inviting people to visit the fair at its drop-in centre in Shepherd’s Bush on 17 December from 2.30 – 5.30pm.
Based at Market Lane, off Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush, the Broadway Centre offers homeless people somewhere to wash their cloths, shower, seek support with accessing benefits and health and well-being.
It is also the base for other homelessness projects including the Horn of Africa Health & Well-being Project and StreetLink, a referral line service that enables the public to alert local authorities in England about rough sleepers in their area.
Public urged to use good deed app as winter approaches
StreetLink has already helped public connect 4,000 rough sleepers to local services - but public urged to do more with arctic winter forecast.
The StreetLink app, telephone line and website, run in partnership between charities Homeless Link and Broadway, have now been running for a year - and have already helped members of the public connect over 4,000 rough sleepers with the advice and services they need.
However, with freezing weather around the corner, even more people need to act to help get homeless people in from the cold.
Success for Broadway on A Winter’s Evening
Broadway Homelessness and Support’s annual black tie dinner – A Winter’s Evening – has taken place at The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple Inner Temple in Central London. The event was held on 2 December and was attended by the charity’s key supporters and their guests . It raised more than £40,000 for the charity.
Innovative scheme helping to house
ex-offenders in safe accommodation
An innovative partnership between London Probation Trust and the charity Broadway Homelessness and Support is helping ex-offenders into safe and affordable accommodation.
The Homefinder scheme, which was launched in April 2013, aims to integrate ex-offenders back into society and access properties within the private rental sector.
The project supports clients to maintain their tenancies and move into independent living. It comes at a time of huge pressure on social housing and offers a further resource alongside the trust’s Approved Premises Tenancy Sustainment Programme.
Homelessness charity appeals for clothes and towels for winter
Homelessness charity Broadway is appealing for members of the community to support rough sleepers this winter by donating clothes and towels to its local drop-in centre.
The charity, which supports almost 10,000 people across London and Oxford, is looking for donations of warm weather clothing and bedding for those without a home.
All donations will be used to help some of the most vulnerable rough sleepers as the winter weather worsens through December and January.
Homelessness charity’s new business start-up scheme
creates seven business stars of the future
A start-up scheme run by a London-based homelessness charity has given funding to seven new business projects.
Business ideas ranging from a new online magazine to a loan system of bikes were offered grants of £500 at the Broadway Homelessness and Support event. All entrepreneurs are former or current Broadway clients.
Money for the grants was provided by the panel of business experts who were running the rule over each business plan. These included Broadway supporters James Cartlidge, director and co-founder of Share to buy – a national shared ownership mortgage broker; Mark Houlding, chief executive of financial PR agency Rostrum Communications; Be Kaler, director at Futureheads; and Adam Gordon, managing director at WinningWork.com.
Annual conference empowers homeless clients with key life skills
An annual conference held for clients of London-based charity, Broadway Homelessness and Support, has seen clients learn valuable life skills to help them on their journey from street to home.
The conference was held on Friday 29 November at Montgomery Hall in Oval and was attended by 40 clients. They took part in workshops including confidence building, getting ready for the private rented sector, gaining and keeping work and working with support workers.
Homeless Clients Embrace Christmas with a ‘Great British Bake Off’ Baker
Clients at a homelessness assessment centre in Lambeth this week put on their pinnies and reached for their rolling pins for a Christmas cookery lesson with Deborah Manger, a contestant on this year’s Great British Bake Off.
Deborah held a cookery session with four clients in which they learned how to bake Christmas loaves and biscuits. Clients then worked together to decorate the biscuits with Christmas themed colours and decorations.
Homelessness charity embraces Mitzvah Day with hostel “cook-off”
Broadway Homelessness and Support has embraced the spirit of Mitzvah Day with a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ style competition at one of its hostels in Shepherd’s Bush.
Mitzvah Day is the Jewish community's annual day of social action and giving where participants give their time rather than money, with the aim of making a difference to people, causes and charities.
Innovative fundraising scheme hits the £10,000 mark for
Share to buy and Broadway
A national shared ownership mortgage broker has raised more than £10,000 to help homeless people in London over the past 18 months by donating £10 for every mortgage it sells.
Share to buy, which runs a mortgage brokerage and property portal targeted at first-time buyers and affordable housing schemes, supports Broadway Homelessness and Support. The company’s property portal is delivered in partnership with the Mayor of London and advertises all the homes available to buy and rent through the Mayor’s FIRST STEPS housing program for people on low incomes, at www.sharetobuy.com/firststeps.
‘Support homeless people this winter and beyond’ says
London’s local homelessness charity
Broadway is appealing for Londoners to support homeless people this winter by donating to its winter appeal.
The charity, which was set up in 2002 and currently supports almost 10,000 people a year across its services in London and Oxford, launched its Every Life Matters Winter Appeal on Thursday 14 November.
The appeal focuses on the story of Liz, an outreach worker who has supported rough sleepers for the past 13 years.
Oxford-based project awarded funding to help tackle rough sleeping
Oxford is one of 30 communities to get a grant to help prevent rough sleeping and get individuals off the streets.
There are estimated to be 12 people sleeping rough on any one night in Oxford. Many of these people are simply not aware of the support that is available to them and the longer someone spends on the streets, the more complex their problems can become.
Pilot scheme will support homeless people
leaving hospital this winter
An innovative scheme designed to support homeless people as they are discharged from hospital will run across two London boroughs this winter.
The H2H (Hospital to Home) programme will create a coordinated response to the discharge of homeless people. It is being operated by the charities Broadway Homelessness and Support and Groundswell, with funding from the Department of Health.
It will pilot at Guy’s and St Thomas’, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals until April.