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Distraction packs for children at risk

Over the last 8 weeks we have been working hard to support our younger members of the community who are having a really rough time managing with lockdown and isolation. This is a really hard time for lots of families and children trapped in poverty prior to or because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, there are also many children who are living with the daily threat of abuse and neglect, trapped in households that are seemingly impossible to escape from. These children face months without contact with the outside world and the support networks they have been used to.

We decided that we could try and help out, so we have been providing hundreds of children with toys, books and games to help them stay occupied or even soften the impact of having to flee abusive situations during the current crisis. These play and learn distraction packs have been having a huge impact of the children we support; we have started extending these packs to cater for families too.

Children who are currently in situations of isolation and more time indoors are at risk of increased abuse and neglect. We are working with partners to help safeguard these children and brighten their days during lockdown. Your support has been instrumental in us being able to provide these packs.

Thank you to everyone who have donated games, books, and toys and those who have purchased items from our Amazon Wishlist so far. We want to continue this support for as long as possible.
If you would like to support this project you can purchase an item from our Amazon Wishlist here.

 

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Morrisons give back

As our world continues to change in response to Covid-19 so must the ways in which we support the most vulnerable among us.

Some restrictions may have been lifted across England over the last few weeks, but for many freedom is a long way off. Those who are at risk, isolated or in crisis still very much need support avoiding homelessness and crisis. The post Covid-19 response will be as important as it was when we entered the pandemic.

This week we give thanks to Morrisons Community Brough for their continued and generous support with food donations and orders. Over the last few months Morrisons have been supplying us with HUGE donations of essential food items to help us support our highest need adults and children.

We are working closely with our third sector and statutory partners, with the support of local businesses to ensure that between us, those we serve can stay safe.

Since the 24th of March we have distributed over £10,000 worth of food and supplies to adults and children across Hull and the East Riding.

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Covid-19 service update

The Government have written to all local authorities in England asking them to house everyone who is sleeping rough, and those in hostels and night shelters by the weekend of the 28th/29th March 2020 in response to Covid-19.

There has been no indication on extra support being made available to councils to achieve this as yet, but this is definitely a good step forward.

We are working as hard as possible with partners right now to support anyone in crisis, isolated and those we have already moved into independent living to ensure that have the resources to stay safe.

Our very latest updated service is as follows:

♡ We are still providing our tailored vulnerable women and general support and advice services but, on a telephone only basis for the time being.

♡ We are still conducting our essential home visits and advocacy service were appropriate

♡ We are increasingly delivering more emergency food parcels to our vulnerable adults and families; however, we are running out of store cupboard food and essentials very quickly! Any support would be appreciated

♡ We are still offering support and advice over the phone to anyone that is in crisis or needs it

♡ We will still be moving adults and families in to their new independent homes where appropriate to do so when the focus is on safety and the emergency need to self-isolate.

 

Here are some useful contacts

LetsTalk 01482 247111 www.letstalkhull.co.uk

CAMHS Crisis Team 9am – 5pm 01482 303688 After 5pm 01482 335600

Samaritans – 01482 116123

Adult Mental Health Crisis 01482 301701

Mind – Info line: 0300 123 3393

Email: info@mind.org.uk

Text: 86463

Mental Health response service 24hrs – 01482 301701

Humbercare – 01482 225029

Wilson Centre – 01482 300300

The Crossings – 01482 598370

Westbourne House – 01482 497575

Doorstep – 01482 345006

Purple House – 01482 790310 / info@purplehouse.co.uk

Humber Turning Point – 01482 342426

Hull City Council – 01482 300300

Riverside Housing – 01482 629900

Hull Foodbank – 01482 224783
Jubilee Central,
Waltham st
HU1 3SQ
Mon: 11.00-14.00
Weds: 11.00-14.00
Thurs: 11.00-14.00
Fri: 11.00-14.00

Hull Foodbank East – 07723055753
Ing Resource Centre
Savoy Road
HU8 0TX
Tues: 13.00-16.00

Hull Foodbank West – 01482 352995
St Martins Church
North Road
HU4 6DD
Tues: 10.30-13.00

 

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Our response to Covid-19

With the news that increasingly strict measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus in the UK, we wanted to let you know we are carrying on as normal best we can to support our at risk and isolated customers who have no one else. Social distancing and isolation are already a reality for many people we work for, so at present:

♡ We are still providing our tailored vulnerable women and general drop-in services but, on an appointment, only basis for the time being
♡ We are still conducting our home visits and advocacy service were appropriate
♡ We have started to increase the amount of emergency food parcels we are delivering to our vulnerable adults and families; however, we are running out of store cupboard food and essentials like loo roll and hand soap, we maybe have a few weeks’ worth left at most.

Many fundraising events are being cancelled by supporters for many small charities (including us) which is understandable, putting a strain on our invaluable voluntary sector which plugs the gaps in government support for at risk, marginalised adults and children across the country.

Please remember when you are shopping for supplies that we, like many other charities rely on the availability of food and essentials to be able to support those who are not in the position to do so themselves.

As the situation progresses, we will update you with our provision and plans to respond. We would like to wish health and happiness to all our friends and supporters at this time. We hope you and your families stay safe and well.

If you or anyone you know is in crisis, at risk of homelessness, isolated or in need of any support, we can help.
Call us on 01482 231278
Email: info@hullhomeless.co.uk

Other help available:
The Warren for young people 01482 218115
Hull city council housing options walk in or call 01482 300300
Hull foodbank (Jubilee) 01482 224783
CAMHS crisis team 9am – 5pm 01482 303688 0r after 5pm 01482 335600
Adult mental health crisis 01482 301701
Mental health response service 24hrs 01482 301701
Citizens Advice Bureau 0344 411 1444

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Christmas support milestone reached

We are delighted to have finished delivering the last of our Christmas food parcels and presents now to nearly 100 children and 45 families or single adults we support. This year we have been able to provide more support to people then any other year thanks to the generosity and kindness of the community and our business partners. With just a few days to spare before Christmas eve our amazing elves have done an amazing job or sorting, wrapping and hand delivering hundreds of toys and gifts so no one will wake up on Christmas morning without a gift from Santa.

Christmas can be tough for many of us. Avoiding crisis and supporting independence is so important to avoid homelessness, especially at this time of year when the pressure is on parents, a rise in domestic violence or abuse, with higher energy bills, increased food bills, keeping warm and safe with a full belly can seem almost impossible to many in crisis. Over the holidays we make sure those we support have everything they need to stay safe, healthy, with full a tummy and the kids have a visit from Santa.

For those adults in severe crisis, maybe needing to flee violence or escape control, coercion, or criminality we work hard to ensure they have options and are supported to safety. Happily, we have managed to find safe new homes right at the last minute for a few lovely people in these situations, including a long-time street homeless couple just in time for Christmas. They can now spend Christmas together, warm, and dry. We have stocked them up with food and supplies and look forward to helping them maintain their newfound independence into 2020.

Of course, we could not do it without you so a GIGANTIC thank you to everyone that donated food, gifts, and festive treats, wrapped presents and made deliveries for us. Thank you to RB Hull for purchasing, wrapping, and delivering to our families this year. Also thank you to Victory Leisure Homes, Kingsmill special school Driffield, Impact Handling, Emmerson Kittney, Gillberdyke Beavers, Anlaby Scouts, Sonoco Trident Hull, St Mary’s primary school Market Weighton Hull Uni Medical students and everyone that donated and volunteered to help us out. Merry Christmas to you all.

 

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NCS summer 2019 was our biggest yet

We have had an incredibly busy summer this year with our NCS volunteer projects. This year we welcomed over 122 young people to Hull Homeless as part of their social action projects with Tigers Trust and Hymers College for NCS – National Citizen Service.

These amazing young people gave us an incredible 3,660 hours of volunteering over the course of eight weeks, supporting the adults, families, and children we work with. From transforming gardens, decorating new homes, supporting our summer breakfast club for children, raising awareness, collecting supplies, food and organising sponsored events to raise money to help us buy back to school items for children in low income or destitute households.

We absolutely love being part of the NCS programme each summer. Special thanks to Tigers Trust and Hymers college for having us along for the ride again this year.

Well done to the hundreds of young people who took part in NCS across the region this year.

You can see how our summer with NCS progressed on our Instagram page @hhcp_

Visit NCS for more details about how to get involved at https://wearencs.com/

 

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Eastfield primary school walks Humber Bridge for HHCP

In July, the year 5 children at Eastfield primary school were busy collecting sponsors in their bid to walk across the Humber Bridge in aid of Hull Homeless.

We were invited into school to talk to the children about our work with vulnerable and at-risk families and children in Hull. We spoke about how we support them to avoid or escape homelessness and how we help them to achieve and maintain independence.

We could not miss the opportunity to spend the day with the children walking across the Humber bridge with the children and teachers. They were all absolute sweethearts, and all made it across, even those who were scared of heights.

Each class walked across the bridge separately while the other classes visited the fishing heritage museum. Our founder and CEO walked across the bridge and back with each and every class throughout the whole day, it was a very hot and sunny day, thankfully they had plenty of water and sun cream.

The whole year group enjoyed a picnic on the grass at the country park for lunch.

After the walk and all the sponsorship was collected in the children managed to raise over £1400!

Thank you to all the children, parents, and staff at Eastfield Primary for their kindness and amazing effort in helping us to support children in need across Hull.

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Thank you ‘Bags of help’

Yesterday our youngest volunteer Lillie popped in to Tesco St Stephens to update them on our work with children and families after our Groundwork Bags of Help donation. We also bumped into Dulcie the Dove from Dove House Hospice who was fundraising in store.

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Will You Join us for the Hull 10K?

Last year, thousands of people took part in the Hull 10K, including a team that ran in aid of Hull Homeless Community Project. This year’s edition takes place on Sunday 2nd June and we’re looking for people of all abilities who would like to get involved. Read more

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RB Go Above and Beyond

You may remember us saying that RB has teamed up with HHCP to support our essential work across the city. As their official charity partner, we’re receiving enormous support from the company’s entire workforce. This will go toward our Move On project, which helps to transition people into independent living, as well as the purchase of a van for relocating people. Read more