This Christmas Efficiency North is proud to support Hull Homeless Community Project.
Social Value Manager Paul Mitchell visited the project on Wednesday 20 December to hand over a Christmas gift of £2,500 to founder and CEO Andrew Smith to support the charity’s work in Hull with people rough sleeping on the streets, and their support for all those either affected or at risk of homelessness, such as care leavers, sofa surfers, prison leavers, veterans, the elderly, vulnerable women, families and children. Paul also brought boxes full of toothpaste, razors, shampoo, soap and other treats to contribute to the charity’s Christmas Care Package appeal.
“Raising awareness of all forms of homelessness is particularly pertinent this time of year. From the street homeless to families and children in need, temporary accommodation and hardship, we look to highlight the people in our communities that are most vulnerable over the Christmas period and indeed thought out the wholeof the year.
This Christmas I am grateful to be able to give thanks to Efficiency North and their staff for their kindness, empathy and the outstanding contribution they have made to our small organisation. This huge donation will help many people not only practically on and off the streets but also help Hull Homeless grow as an organisation and give people hope that kindness exists in our local community.
Thank you for your generosity from all of us here at the Hull Homeless Community Project”.
Andrew Smith, Founder and CEO of Hull Homeless Community Project
Herbie the mobile hub for the homeless
In 2016 the charity received £5,000 from the EN:Able Community Investment Fund. This contribution helped them convert a white Peugeot Partner van into a mobile outreach hub called Herbie. Herbie is also a coffee shop Cof-free that travels around Hull offering the homeless a friendly point of contact, hot drinks, food and other essentials, and, where necessary, finding out how to help them off the streets. Herbie also offers information to the general public about homelessness and services available in the city.
Word on the Street
EN’s poet-in-residence Matt Abbott spent some time with the volunteers on the streets of Hull in October, doing outreach in and around the city centre. Matt joined them in providing hot drinks and information to street homeless people; speaking to them, asking questions to find out how best to help them, and offer support.
This experience was very powerful for Matt. The hard-hitting insight into how vital the charity’s work is in Hull inspired a very powerful performance poem. Listen to Matt Abbott perform his Hull Homeless poem here… and read it HERE