Homelessness has more than doubled in the last 5 years, and we need your help.
Did you know that one of the biggest causes of homelessness is now the end of an assured shorthold tenancy? A quarter of homeless people in Westminster cited that they originally slept rough because their rent became unaffordable or they were asked to leave their previous accommodation.
By partnering with The Connection, you will give vulnerable people access to fully supported routes away from the streets. From practical support to specialist advice, over 4,000 people a year benefit from our services.
To give you an idea of the impact your support could have…
- £10,000 could fund Better Connected, our Digital Inclusion project, for 1 year – supporting 250 clients to learn new digital skills which will increase their employability and break down exclusion;
- £20,000 could provide 400 overnight stays in our Night Centre, complete with showers, laundry, a hot meal and specialist support;
- £50,000 could fund our street outreach service, which gives people experiencing street homelessness tangible routes into accommodation and treatment, ensuring that no-one is left excluded and alone on the streets of Central London.
Angela, our Day Centre Manager, explains how we work with our clients:
I’ve been working in social care for over 30 years now – and I think that I have the best job in the world as I can definitely,
hand on heart, state that I see people’s lives change for the better on a daily basis.
We work with homeless, unemployed and vulnerable people, and see over 150 clients per day in our multi resource centre in Trafalgar Square. We care very much about the clients we work with and have the attitude of ‘there but by the grace of God go I’. What I mean by that is the majority of our clients follow a kind of set pattern. Starting with unhappy childhoods and negative experiences such as neglect, abuse and lack of love, leading many to resort to alcohol and substance misuse and sadly often resulting in more emotional trauma and for some, mental health issues.
At The Connection, we understand that if WE were to have had similar backgrounds to those of our clients, there is no doubt in our minds that we would also struggle to cope with life’s challenges. Basically, they are hurting. But we can help. Our clients come to us because they have decided to get help to rebuild their lives and get back on their feet after many years of giving up on themselves.
So what do I love so much about what I do? I love the positive and uplifting atmosphere that we create. I love seeing people blossom. And I love going to bed at night knowing I have been a part of changing someones life.
Our clients breathe a sigh of relief when they find us because alongside our colourful and beautiful building, they quickly discover that everyone in the entire centre is either a client with similar issues to themselves or a worker dedicated to helping them. I love that we see clients progress from sleeping on the pavement, to moving into accommodation and then employment. And they are safe in the knowledge that should things go wrong they can always come back to us without judgement, and we’d start again.