Homelessness appeal is now closed, but you can still give!
This year’s Lent Appeal is now closed.
With the rise in homelessness and rough sleeping, the focus of the Appeal was the provision of winter night shelters, specifically those provided by the 15 partner charities working throughout the Diocese which gave a local feel to a Diocesan-wide challenge.
‘Tackling Homelessness Together’ had 3 aims:
•Raise awareness of homelessness
•Raise money for our partner charities
•Offer an opportunity for parishes/individuals to get in touch with, or find out more about, an organisation that was already working in their local area.
Sincerest thanks to everyone that has contributed to this Appeal and for the donations received so far.
The overwhelming support for this Appeal has made such a difference to our partner charities who mainly rely on fundraising and donations to provide the assistance they do to their guests.
For Firm Foundation:
“One of the most significant challenges for the 2018 Shelter was the high number of people presenting with mental health needs, with third of our guests falling into this category. Support from the Diocese has allowed the charity to gather the expertise in developing ever increasingly robust pathways to better support those with mental health issues. Thank you.”
All People All Places (APAP) responded that during this night shelter season:
“We have catered for 48 guests across 2 boroughs and puts its success down to the combination of the voluntary contribution of churches that provide guests with the rest and relaxation they need as part of the bed, breakfast and evening meal offer.”
If you haven’t yet sent in your donation, please don’t worry. We are looking forward to receiving it as soon possible.
Bishop Adrian concluded:
“The response from parishes, schools, and others to Tackling Homelessness Together has been generous and immediate. This helped the Diocese to make an initial payment of £2,000 to each of our partner charities in January this year. As parishes continue to send in their contributions to the Appeal, I feel that the ‘huge ambitions for this campaign’ that Bishop Pete mentioned at its launch will be more than met with the Homelessness (Lent 2018) Appeal becoming one of our most successful ever. I look forward to learning the total amount raised later in the year.”