For the fourth consecutive year Transform Housing & Support will be holding a winter shelter during the coldest and wettest months of the year, and they need to raise £32,000 to do it.
In partnership with the borough councils of Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne, Transform is running a winter shelter from January to March 2017, providing an essential lifeline to homeless people. The shelter will be based in Staines, open seven days a week, and will give each person somewhere warm, safe and dry to sleep, as well as hot drinks and meals at night and breakfast in the morning. Crucially, each person will receive the advice and support they need to get off the streets for good.
We anticipate that statutory funding from Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils, as well as support from Surrey County Council Adult Care and housing benefit from clients, will contribute towards to the Winter Shelter. However we still need to raise an additional £32,000 to ensure the best service is provided to those in need.
We have already raised over £6,000 from our Voices for the Homeless concert in October – and have a Carol Service in December at which we hope to raise a further £1,000. But there is a long way to go.
The funding received from statutory and voluntary donors will be used directly to support clients’ meals and hot drinks and ensure staff availability to provide support and advice. It will also be used indirectly for costs such as venue hire and set up, utility bills and council tax, cleaning products and of course beds, linen and pillows.
Jemma, one of the people who was helped by the shelter, said:
“I found myself homeless and I had literally nowhere to go. I was sleeping in my car and then going to work. The winter shelter has been a godsend and the support that I’ve had from the staff has been great.”
With help from shelter staff Jemma applied to move to Transform’s supported housing in Spelthorne. She was accepted and is now receiving specialist support to deal with the issues that led to her becoming homeless.
To donate and help homeless people this winter, visit the Transform Virgin Money Giving campaign website.
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