5 Hertfordshire charities benefiting from the sponsorship raised
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Centre 33 is a charity and volunteer run drop-in centre which provides practical support for people in the St Albans area who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or otherwise socially or materially disadvantaged. Centre 33 provides a welcoming place to meet, hot food and drinks, toiletries, shower facilities and essential clothing as well as advice on other services visitors may be able to access for further help.
In 2018 there were around 8,700 visits to the centre by about 300 individuals, the largest number of meals they have ever served in a year.
The Centre is a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK.
Charity Number: 1146438
Click here to register your interest with Centre 33
Emmaus Hertfordshire doesn’t just give people a bed for the night; they offer a home for as long as someone needs it, meaningful work, and a sense of belonging. For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of the experience. Being alone, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless. Emmaus gives their residents (known as ‘companions’) the opportunity to be part of a community, to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, regain their sense of purpose and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.
Their community in St Albans is home to up to 39 companions, who together, run our social enterprises that help fund our work. Every month they rescue more than 35 tonnes of unwanted household goods and resell it in one of their 4 shops across the county. Some is restored and given a new life, teaching companions woodworking and upcycling skills.
Independent research using the Social Return on Investment methodology found that for every £1 invested in an Emmaus community there is an £11 social, economic and environmental return on investment.
Charity Number: 1073808
Click here to register your interest with Emmaus
Herts Young Homeless
A roof over our heads, the support of a loving family and somewhere safe to come home to are all things most of us take for granted, but what if this isn’t the case? Where would you turn? That’s where we come in.
Every day young people in our community are homeless. Some of them are street homeless; the vast majority are ‘hidden homeless’. They might be sofa surfing, moving around from place to place, living in temporary accommodation such as a hostel, bed and breakfast or unsafe places such as cars or squats. Our mission is to support them into a secure situation and ensure that they do not return to the desperation of an uncertain future.
We believe the first stage in preventing youth homelessness is to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to prevent a crisis. We offer sessions that focus on the topics of homelessness, leaving home, independent living, managing conflict and healthy relationships. All the money you help us to raise through the Sleepout will ensure we can continue providing the services to help young people in our local community.
Charity Number: 01069498
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Since 1993 Open Door, with the help of the St Albans community, has supported over 7,000 people who have experienced homelessness and been at risk of sleeping rough. Their vision is to ensure that no-one should need to sleep rough in the St Albans area and to improve the life chances of homeless people in our community.
The charity established the night shelter in Bricket Road, which provides accommodation for up to 12 people and drop-in services offering advice on things like housing and health care. It organises the provision of nutritious meals by volunteers at the shelter and drop in, funds a counselling service and a pilot project for early intervention addiction support, and contributes to maintenance and refurbishment. The Charity funds the Safe Streets Outreach Service worker, who supports those on the streets, helping them access accommodation; it also runs the volunteer-led Winter Beds Project, which last year accommodated 16 individuals who would otherwise have slept rough during the winter months.
Charity Number: 1028528
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to register your interest with Open Door St Albans Charity
The Living Room
The Living Room are breaking the cycle of addiction for adults and their loved ones in Hertfordshire living with substance and behavioural addictions, for free. Their success is owed to group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions facilitated by counsellors with lived experience in recovery.
Charity number: 1175541
Visit www.livingroomherts.org for further information