£500,000 gift for the homeless and vulnerable this winter
The gift has been distributed to selected charities that are based in London and Gloucestershire.
Julia and Hans Rausing Trust commented: “There are an amazing number of volunteers and charities who dedicate their time over this holiday season to help those less fortunate. We are pleased to be able to provide this gift to some of these charities located near us in London and Gloucestershire.”
Since its formation, the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has provided over 220 grants totalling more than £200 million. Funding is given to organisations working within three main areas: Health and Wellbeing; Welfare and Education; and Arts and Culture.
The Trust exists to realise the philanthropy of Hans Rausing and Julia Rausing.
For more information please visit https://www.juliahansrausingtrust.org/ or on twitter: “@JHRTrust”
Further information on the selected Homeless and Vulnerable charities are below:
One of London’s largest open access networks of emergency winter shelters and support services, Glass Door is committed to supporting people stay off the street, giving them access to a warm place to sleep, a hot meal, and community dedicated to helping build more stable futures.
Portman House Trust and the Marylebone Project
The Marylebone Project provides 112 long and short-term beds to homeless women in London, with a day centre offering education, employment and training opportunities, particularly through a social enterprise catering company and service providing meeting venues in central London – Munch in Marylebone and Space in Marylebone respectively. The project aims to improve self-esteem, and ultimately promote employment and independent living.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity
The Connection, supported through the annual St Martin’s Christmas Appeal, provides an emergency night shelter in central London committed to outreach work with rough sleepers and providing advice and support to help people find permanent accommodation. Nearly 25% of the UK’s rough sleepers are found in Westminster, and The Connection at St. Martin’s helps and works with over three thousand people each year.
A voluntary sector resource centre providing temporary accommodation for homeless and vulnerable people. Helping upwards of 200 people a day, The Passage engages with those sleeping rough in Victoria as they are bedding down or getting up each day. Their 40 bed hostel and 16 self-contained studio apartments enable the charity to help people out of homelessness permanently.
The Felix Project
1.5 million adults in London struggle to afford to eat every day, and 400,000 children are at risk of missing their next meal, while the food industry generates almost 2 million tonnes of good, edible, surplus food a year. The Felix Project is a charity that works to tackle both issues by collecting the food from supermarkets and retailers and delivering it to charities working with homeless and vulnerable people across London
Age UK Gloucestershire
Age UK Gloucestershire works to bring about a change in people’s attitudes and experiences to a more positive understanding of growing older. Through their work and varied services, they help people to navigate later life, living independently at home and helping them to connect socially within their community.
Big Yellow Bus
Founded by a local lorry driver in 2017, the Big Yellow Bus provides night shelter for the homeless in and around Cirencester, in a converted bus together with hot meals and drinks. The upper deck of the bus has seven beds with two more private and secure for female guests to sleep in comfort. With the help of highly committed volunteers, a group funded not for profit project has now become a registered charity.
Cirencester Housing For Young People
A charity that provides accommodation for vulnerable young people who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own in Cirencester and the surrounding area. Helping with health and learning difficulties, life and social skills, the Querns Lane house and accommodation in Ashcroft Road, with their dedicated teams of staff work to prepare young adults for independent living.
A charity run entirely by volunteers, committed to reaching out to the homeless and those whose quality of life is impacted by issues such as mental health, alcohol, drug addictions, among other factors. Instrumental in providing clothing, shoes and toiletries, Cirencester Signpost also helps people find accommodation and during the winter season holds Christmas meals and distributes food parcels on the holidays when foodbanks are shut.
Citizens Advice Bureau Stroud and Cotswold districts
The Bureau provides free, confidential, and impartial advice to anyone that needs it, enabling them to resolve the problems they face. The anonymous information they gather is used to lobby and influence social policy makers, both locally and nationally. With easily accessible service the charity works to build a range of effective and collaborative partnerships.
FareShare distributes surplus from the food industry across the UK to almost 2,000 towns and cities and 22 regional centre to give to frontline charities and community groups for vulnerable people including homeless hostels, breakfast clubs, lunch clubs for the elderly, community cafes and domestic violence refugees. In 2018 they redistributed enough food for 46.5 million meals, supporting organisations that provide life changing support.
Gloucester City Mission
Dedicated to providing food, shelter and friendship to the homeless people in and of Gloucester, the City Mission runs fundraising events and donation drives for food, clothing and toiletries, organising Christmas hampers for the homeless.
The Gloucestershire Society
The Gloucestershire Society provides grants of money to people in the county who are in difficulties. These are normally up to about £150 to meet an immediate need such as basic furniture, bedding or for an item to care for a child or to keep them safe.
A non-profit organisation offering emergency accommodation in people’s homes connecting young homeless people with local volunteers in Gloucestershire who provide a bed, an evening meal and breakfast to those who have nowhere else to go for the night.
Leckhampton Court Hospice
As Gloucestershire’s only inpatient unit for specialist palliative care, the hospice offers support and treatment for those with life-limiting conditions, providing care in people’s homes, in addition to Day Services. With a team of experienced and dedicated doctors, nurses, care assistance, physio- or occupational therapists, the hospice tailors the most appropriate care to patients going through very difficult times.
Local Foodbanks in Cirencester, Gloucester and Stroud
Giving free food packs to those in need throughout the year and especially at Christmas
Longfield Community Hospice Care
The Longfield Hospice helps patients and their families understand and cope with the serious impact of life-limiting illness. By providing a Hospice at Home service and allowing those in their last three months of life to stay in the comfort of their homes and with loved ones, Longfield helps families deal with the difficult process of grief.
An organisation committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised adults in the Stroud district, helping them to move on from difficult circumstances and addictions. Working with people on the edges of society, the trust works to help the homeless, hungry and those struggling with mental health. Marah runs a drop in service three afternoons a week, serving a hot meal, a warm and friendly environment in addition to access to advocacy services.
The Nelson Trust
Providing residential, abstinence-based addiction treatment to people whose lives have been damaged by addition, the Gloucestershire based Nelson Trust helps clients achieve long-term recovery. Giving emotional support and helping to improve mental and physical health, the trust works to help people and a wider community to discover the tools needed to live an independent life. The Women’s Community Services provided by the Trust grant a women only space, where a wide range of support needs – from addiction to domestic abuse, education to family and relationships – can be addressed in a safe and secure environment.
Stroud Women’s Refuge
Offering accommodation, advice and support to women, children and families affected by domestic abuse, Stroud Women’s Refuge provides a range of services to help build skills, confidence and self-esteem. With one to one support and group workshops the Refuge helps families to move towards a happier future.