THE WHITECHAPEL CENTRE NEWSLETTER

Welcome to The Whitechapel Centre newsletter of 2019. We hope you enjoy it!

Firstly, we would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has helped make this Christmas special for our clients. We have been overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. We couldn’t do it without you and we are grateful to everyone who has volunteered their time, donated goods or fundraised for us.

Your wonderful donations enabled us to reach out and support 1,149 people in December alone.

This included:

  • Resolved housing issues for 679 people
  • 83 people stayed in our supported accommodation based services
  • Helped 160 people find and move into new accommodation
  • Providing basic needs (food, showers, fresh clothing) for 227 people
  • 78 people staying in Labre House on Christmas Eve and were our guest on Christmas Day.

We are looking forward to helping even more people find a route out of homelessness in 2019. As always, there are plenty of ways you can help us end homelessness for people. Read on for more news, information on volunteering opportunities and our exciting fundraising events.

Rough Sleeper Count 2018

Today the national figures results of the Rough Sleeper Count are published. Liverpool’s count, which took place on a night in November 2018, found 15 rough sleepers on the city’s streets. This is a significant decrease from the 33 seen out in 2017. The figures are a snap shot of a single night and while the figures show an increase in rough sleeping in most major cities nationally, they do show a very notable reduction in the number of people sleeping rough in Liverpool.

This reduction is a result of the commitment and persistence of our staff, the resources that the city is investing, the open access to Labre House every night and strong partnership working with other agencies and charities. However, we believe just one person sleeping rough is too many, and we are working to find sustainable solutions for all.

Since the Rough Sleeper Count in November we have had further successes with some of the most entrenched rough sleepers who were in tents around the city. Almost all have now accepted offers of accommodation and come indoors. This is just the start of their journey out of homelessness and ongoing support is essential to help them sustain their accommodation.

We’re pleased to be returning to the wonderful Liverpool Cathedral for our family-friendly sleepout on Friday 5th April.

Everyone needs to have a place to call home – a nice comfy bed, hot food to eat, somewhere you can watch television, play games or read a book. Unfortunately, not everyone in our city has this.

Liverpool Cathedral and The Whitechapel Centre are working hard with those people who need a place to call home and help them reach their full potential. We need your help, by spending ONE night away sleeping in Liverpool Cathedral and raise money, enabling us to help as many people as possible.

All you need to do to take part is bring a responsible adult and ask your family and friends to sponsor you to raise a minimum of £50.00.

The Liverpool Cathedral Sleepout is on Friday 5th April at Liverpool Cathedral. It costs £5.00* per person.

You can read more about the national results here:
Guardian article
Liverpool Echo article

We’ve got places in this year’s longer and faster zipslide across Goodison Park, home of Everton FC.

Volunteering Opportunity

We are creating a volunteer events group who will learn to create, run and host fundraising events for the charity. The group will meet once a month on a Tuesday evening from 6pm till 7:30pm. This is a great opportunity for people who would like to learn more about fundraising and events and develop their skills. This is an open invitation to learn more about the group, find out how the meeting will run and see if it’s for you. Please confirm your attendance / interest by emailing hettie.miles@whitechapelcentre.co.uk

Volunteering Opportunity!

Can you spare a few hours to help our bucket collection outside Goodison Park on Saturday 20th April? We’ll be there before kick-off of the Everton v Man Utd game. If you are able to join us please email fundraising@whitechapelcentre.co.uk