We have formed a small organisation that helps the homeless and the wider community - and we have also been handing out coronavirus packs to help protect rough sleepers in north London.
We first began handing them out in Finsbury Park on Sunday and are planning to expand to Islington, Haringey, Hackney and Waltham Forest.
See this link to read more about our COVID-19 outreach activity https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/coronavirus-packs-homeless-london-volunteers-a4384786.html
The ever growing homelessness is alarming and this needs to be addressed urgently. We recently visited local businesses around north London to collect donations which we are very grateful for namely: Tesco, Sainsbury's, Poundland, Weston Park Bakery, Crouch appreciation Society and Rowans Tenpin bowls.
We set up by Finsbury Park Bridge on New Year’s Day and handed out hot soups, tea, coffee, cakes, baguette’s, chocolates and sanitary items which were requested upon a recent survey.
We also offered hot drinks to passers by who were also very grateful as this initiative is a community project. We hope to continue doing this for the homeless every month.
We also noted that many of the homeless were women and were in desperate need of sanitary items, which we also gave out. We will be liaising with local councils/ churches/ community centres etc to discuss options/initiative’s we can put in place to make this go from strength to strength.
Our first launch took place on New Year’s Day and it was a very humbling experience with a large turn out. Please see link- https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/new-homeless-outreach-group-launches-in-response-to-finsbury-park-rough-sleeping-problem-1-6447803
We are also active on FB #Londonhomelessawarenessteam Sincere thanks! LHWT
- Amrita Kaur