Real change, not loose change
Your loose change has made a Real Change to the homeless
We've done it!
Huge thanks to each and every person who has supported the Real Change not Loose Change campaign - your generous donations have exceeded our target and raised over £15,565. And still counting...
With your help:
- more rough sleepers will benefit from a comfortable bed and a hot meal at the winter night shelter
- the Camrose Day Centre will continue to open for a third day every week to provide homeless people with a welcoming space to enjoy a meal, get advice and have a shower and a shave
- Julian House will now be able to provide storage for people who are sleeping on Basingstoke's streets to keep their personal items safe.
"This is a brilliant outcome for street homeless people in Basingstoke" said Camrose Trustee, Mike Browning.
"Thanks to the generosity of local people, the Camrose Centre will be able to offer shelter and support for a third day every week during the coldest and wettest months of the year."
Helen Bedser, Business Development Director at Julian House, commented "Julian House is delighted by the fantastic support of people and businesses in Basingstoke who have contribute to the success of the Real Change campaign this year.
Thanks to their generosity we will be able to purchase safe storage for homeless people's belongings. This may seem like a simple thing, but having somewhere to store your personal effects is a very important part of being able to get your life back on track.
Most homeless people have important possessions like ID, birth certificates, clothes and personal items that they need to keep safe on a daily basis. If you've got a job interview, health appointment or are trying to get help with housing, having to carry all your worldly possessions around or worry they will be stolen, damaged or removed is an extra burden for someone in already desperate circumstances.
These lockers will be an important resource for the town's homeless people as well as being good for the community as a whole. On behalf of everyone at Julian House, and particularly our clients, we want to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated and wants Real Change."
The Social Inclusion Partnership launched this year's campaign following its success in 2016 when thousands of pounds' worth of money, hundreds of hours' worth of volunteer time and boxes upon boxes of food and items donated helped make a big difference to those people sleeping on the borough's streets.
The Night Light winter night shelter opened for the first time in the borough, helping 32 people who might otherwise have found themselves sleeping on the streets to take steps to secure accommodation.
In addition, the Camrose Day Centre opened for a third day and installed a new shower room for visitors to wash during opening hours.
Councillor Terri Reid, Chair of the Social Inclusion Partnership and Deputy Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council said:
"Once again this year, the Real Change campaign has demonstrated the compassion and generosity of the people of Basingstoke and Deane.
We are thrilled to have surpassed the target with time to spare, and it's a real tribute to all the individuals, schools, groups, communities and companies who have shown concern and commitment by joining in with the campaign.
So many people have contributed not just money but time and energy to organising fundraising activities and everyone at the Social Inclusion Partnership is so grateful to them.
The aim of Real Change has always been not just to raise money for this great cause but also to raise awareness and encourage community engagement.
We started out with the statement that homelessness is everyone's business and it truly is. Homelessness can happen to just about everyone and everyone who is rough sleeping is still part of our community and deserves our support and compassion.
The people of Basingstoke have again shown how much they care and how much they want to make a different and by supporting this campaign they can be sure that they are making a real change to the lives of real people."
The 2017 campaign received generous community support from schools, businesses and local organisations. Find out more by visiting www.spacehive.com/real-change-basingstoke-2017
You can still support the homeless by:
- contacting Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 or visit streetlink.org.uk if you are worried about someone sleeping rough
- support local homelessness charities and services by donating money as an alternative to giving direct to people on the streets
- giving your time to volunteer, or donating food, clothing or bedding to the Camrose Centre. Call 01256 327858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org