For another year, our core work resembled a humanitarian operation as we prioritised making sure people without a home were safely housed, provided with food, clothing, the support they needed to stay safe and well and helped to move into a home for good.
Our homeless health project has gone from strength to strength, at a time when it was never more needed. We have just helped run a COVID-booster clinic for our clients and so 27 people have had the vaccinations they could have missed out on.
Alongside this, our homelessness prevention work continued apace, with the aim of preventing as many people as possible from losing their home.
And in a tough time for so many charities like us, we have been blessed by God and our community. Thank you.
2022 is almost here, and we are planning and working hard to make sure our vision of our community being a place where no one ever loses their home becomes a reality.
Thank you for being a vital part of this mission.
Update on our winter shelter and appeal: making sure no one has to sleep roug
On the 1st December, we opened our emergency winter accommodation and it is already full. Fifteen people, who otherwise would have been rough sleeping in south Buckinghamshire, have been given a place to stay and are being supported by our team of staff and volunteers.
Because of your support, we are able to make sure our guests have food, clothing and toiletries; we are helping people get healthcare they need, including ongoing access to vaccination and booster clinics, and of course offering our in-depth homelessness support services so they can rebuild their lives.
We knew there was likely to be high demand for shelter this winter and even though the shelter is currently full, we plan to keep offering emergency accommodation and support to anyone found to be homeless. We have a range of options and there will be spaces coming up in our main shelter as although finding more permanent homes can be hard, we’re working with our guests to do just that.
The government recently announced some pandemic-related funding for local authorities to make sure anyone who is rough sleeping can be offered accommodation this winter. We continue to work in close partnership with Buckinghamshire Council, running a large portion of the local winter shelter provision, and we will continue with our projects and to step in where statutory support for people who are homeless isn’t available.
So while, this additional funding is welcome news, the demand for our help is high. It is so difficult to see so many people still becoming homeless and needing emergency shelter, especially at Christmas and in the winter. Our homelessness prevention work is becoming more important than ever.
Please, consider giving to our winter appeal which will help fund all our services as well as the shelter. www.wyhoc.org.uk/winter-appeal
Once again, thank you for all you do and we wish you and all whom you love a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.