A Sponsored Walk for the HSSH Shelter – please support a team from St Anselm’s!
A number of Jesuit institutions, la Mare de Deu (parish), Joan XXIII (college), Migra-Studium (social justice centre) and La Vinya (foundation), have recently organised an overnight walk/pilgrimage to the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat, Catalunya.
A very small team from St Anselm’s, Henriques Siqueira and Jan Janoszka, joined the Catalan-Spanish group on Friday the 26th at 7:00 PM and reached the Monastery the next morning around 9:30 AM on Saturday the 27th . The Walkers came from different social backgrounds, ages and religions. The group of 70+ pilgrims used the well known trail (part of the Camino leading to Santiago de Campostella) and covered 54 km/33 miles walking through the night. They all could count on a very patient, understanding and inspiring team of helpers who prepared at least 6 stops (places to rest; stations with food and drinks) along the way. Each participant managed to complete la Caminada and received a certificate during the final get together held in front of the Benedictine Abbey.
Henriques and Jan have completed the Caminada on behalf of “Hope for Southall Street Homeless”. If you can, please respond to the appeal and support this local Charity. Please download a sponsorship form or contact the parish office for further details. You can get in touch with Jan on 0757-294-2799, E-mail: email@example.com .
“HSSH” – Hope for Southall Street Homeless Transforming Lives, Restoring Hope ….
(Registered Charity No 1164647)
Street homelessness is the most visible and challenging expression of housing need and social exclusion in Southall. HSSH is a local charity that has developed from the desire of the Southall community to take responsibility and do more for those who find themselves homeless and sleeping on the streets in our midst.
We began our work in January 2016 through the opening of the Southall Winter Night Shelter, providing a rolling night shelter for local rough sleepers who have been referred by the Ealing Outreach Team and who are willing to engage in an active way with the support services we offer through our partner agencies.
We are extremely grateful to the various Southall churches which are providing the venues for the shelter as well as many of the volunteers; to the Sikh community for its active involvement including providing many of the meals; and to St Mungo’s Broadway, RISE (Recovery Intervention Service Ealing), Refugee Action, and to our funders, including Ealing Council through Ward Forum grants.
You will certainly find more news and updated information on our Facebook page:
Additionally, we would like to draw your attention to a Breakfast Show interview with Navpreet Kaur, Navraj Singh and Fr. Gerard Mitchell, SJ.
https://youtu.be/CAp9ut5vPXg (17th Dec 2016; available in Punjabi and English).
Although we have a paid Co-ordinator and paid Night Workers on duty at the Shelter every night, it’s important to stress that we could not run the Shelter without the commitment, energy and dedication of the dozens of volunteers. They give freely of their time and play a vital part in supporting our Guests.
The Shelter (“Sanctuary”) welcomes 14 rough sleepers/guests each night – often with complex needs – for up to 3 months stays, whilst we support them to move forward with their lives.
Our objectives are to ensure all clients have a route out of rough sleeping by:
- Addressing immediate rough sleeping in the local area through targeted support and accommodation
- Stabilising & supporting vulnerable rough sleepers (substance misuse, mental & physical health)
- Assessing and resolving immigration issues
- Applying for Stay or Asylum where cases have at least 50% chance of success
- Facilitating a dignified return to a home country through voluntary return if appropriate
- Preparing individuals for the next step.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Hope for Southall Street Homeless is at its heart a community initiative, and without the community’s support we cannot achieve our goal.
- Can you offer some of your time as a volunteer on-site at the Shelter, perhaps once or twice month? We need teams of people on duty in the evening, overnight, and first thing in the morning, seven days a week. We particularly need people who can do the overnight shift. Is that you?
- We also need volunteers in all kinds of support roles, and people with particular skills, such as admin, finance or IT.
- Any amount, large or small, will be of help to us.
+ A PERMANENT VENUE
- Do you know of a site in Southall which might be suitable for us, or sources of capital funding to help us acquire and adapt it for our needs?
HOPE FOR SOUTHALL STREET HOMELESS (HSSH) – Transforming Lives, Restoring Hope.
Registered Charity No 1164647
Address: C/O St Anselm’s Rectory, The Green, Southall, UB2 4BE
You can get in touch with us via our Co-ordinator: Mr Raj Singh,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Tel: 07526785853.
A simple application form can be accessed here:
Alternatively, please visit our parish office (St Anselm’s Rectory) and speak to Mr Jan E. Janoszka – Social Outreach Worker; Tel: 07572942799; Email: email@example.com