What have we done so far?
The Homeless Project: giving a voice to the voiceless was launched on the 17th April 2017. Our aim is to raise awareness of Homelessness through research and personal experiences. So far, we have done a lot of research which we plan to release in the upcoming months. Additionally, we have written up the personal accounts of those accounts of those who are currently homeless. To read a few stories, go to the Being Homeless page.
As well as research, we wanted to find ways to help those who are homeless. We have started by giving out care/food packs in areas with high rates of Homelessness. Our packs usually consist of food, water, toiletries and much more. We want to be able to make a positive and impactful difference in their lives.
Here is a list of the walks we have done so far:
1. 17 April 2017 | Our First Homeless Walk, London Bridge & Charing Cross
Our first walk symbolised the official launch of the project. We created 20 food packs to give out in London Bridge, Charing Cross and areas nearby. For all of us, it was interesting to get a real insight into Homelessness. We also met Tony and John on this walk. Our packs included a bottle of water, snacks (packet of crisps and a cereal bar) and a sandwich.
2. 22nd July 2017 | King’s Cross, Camden and Tottenham Court Road
This was our second walk. After the first one in London Bridge/ Charing cross we had a better idea of items that would be essential. For this walk, we created 30 packs and included hygiene items such as sanitary towels for women, toothpaste and toothbrushes, underwear and socks. We started off in Kings Cross and split into three groups. Through our walk, we were able to hand out our packs, but also hear the stories of those who were currently homeless. After about an hour, we went to Tottenham court road, followed by Camden to give out our remaining items.
3. 12th September 2017 | Westminister, Elephant & Castle, Brixton
For our September walk, we wanted to focus on Westminister. In 2016, Westminister had the highest proportion of Homeless people, with a striking one of in 25 people being Homeless. We created only 10 packs for this walk, but were able to learn a lot about the roots of Homelessness. After hours of walking, we passed through Elephant and Castle and Brixton.
4. 28th October 2017 | London Bridge and Charing Cross
For October, we decided to go back to London Bridge and Charing Cross, to see if there was a change in the number of Homeless people in the area. For this walk, we created another 20 packs. One thing we noticed is that there were a lot more Homeless people in Charing Cross, especially inside the station – it was shocking!
Here is a personal account of the walk:
5. 16th December 2017 | Our Christmas Walk, North, East, South, West London
For many of us, Christmas is a time of unity. It is a chance to spend time with your loved ones in a warm and cosy environment. You are able to reminisce over your most cherished memories and make new ones over the exchange of Christmas presents and great food. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. Homeless people are forced to spend their Christmas alone and on the cold hard streets and it is not fair. This Christmas we wanted to do something special for those who are homeless. The Homeless PR team organised a Christmas themed walk, where we had 4 groups in the North, East, South and West of London.
Thank you to everyone who supported us. We were able to exceed our target of £1000 in 4 days and our new aim was to give out 52 sleeping bags and hold all bags and 100 food/care packs.
North Starting Location: Finsbury Park Station | Team Lead: Folu
East Starting Point: Stratford Station | Team Lead: Nana
South Starting point: Elephant and Castle Station | Team Lead: Noelle
West Starting Point: Ladbroke Grove Station | Team Lead: Maya
6. 24th February 2018 | Birmingham
This was our first Homeless walk in Birmingham. Led by our Birmingham lead, Grace, the group gave out 15 essential packs, jumpers, snacks and some hot drinks.
7. 10th March 2018 | Stratford
We first went to Stratford during our Christmas Walk. There is a large homeless community who congregate in the shopping centre after hours, so we decided to create 40 care/food packs to distribute among the homeless there.
8. 16th – 22nd July 2018 | The Homeless PR Week
“The Homeless PR week” was a series of homeless walks taking place around London to distribute care packs and show love and encouragement to those currently on the streets. Areas covered included Stratford, Charing Cross, Woolwich Arsenal and King’s Cross. We used this opportunity to develop a better understanding of Homelessness and find out what we can do to tackle this issue.