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Make a Difference This Summer

June 19, 2017

The summer months bring many perks like warm weather, holidays, long evenings. However, it is still a difficult and dangerous time for people facing homelessness. For rough sleepers, longer evenings and high temperatures can be just as dangerous as cold nights. Families that rely on free school meals have to find a way to cope without them for six weeks, and the warm weather can have a negative effect on mental health.

With this in mind, Action Homeless want to guide you through the ways you can make a difference this summer.

No Second Night Out:

This is your opportunity to help us reach more people in need.

Use Street Link if you see someone who you think might be sleeping rough by calling 0300 500 0914, filling in the form on their website, or via their mobile app. Street Link allows us and other Leicester based charities to send out outreach teams to meet with rough sleepers and provide them with accommodation and support.

Get Advice:

Action Homeless’s Duty Desk is our helpline and sign-posting service and opens Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. It offers advice to anyone who is homeless or concerned about homelessness for themselves, a friend, or a family member.

If you know someone who is facing difficulties get them to give us a call before they reach crisis point. Where possible Action Homeless want to prevent homelessness before it happens!

You can contact the Duty Desk on 0116 2211 857 or AHDutyDesk@actionhomeless.org.uk

Get Involved and Volunteer

We have a range of different volunteer opportunities for you to get stuck into:

  • Lunch Club: We need volunteers between 19th July and 25th August to help us make up lunch bags for children across the city.
  • Hostel Volunteers: Assist the staff at Mayfield House Hostel, helping to serve food, tidying, and spending time with residents.
  • Get Active: Volunteer and support our summer sports project. Help our clients get active by joining in with our summer activities programme.
  • Food Stop: Support your local community by serving customers at our city centre food stop.

Volunteer with us this summer and help to provide a vital lifeline to Leicester people facing crisis.

Fundraise and Donate:

Every penny raised and every donation received goes straight towards helping people in need. Gather food and toiletries or get creative and start fundraising. The opportunities are endless!

For more information on volunteering, fundraising, or donations please contact James on 0116 2211 851 or jamesriviere@actionhomeless.org.uk.

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