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9 Abbey Street Leicester
LE1 3TE

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Help the Homeless Leicester

For the public benefit, the relief and assistance of people in need in Leicester and surrounding areas who are homeless, facing homelessness or rough sleeping by all or any of the following means:

• Supplying material aid and nutrition (e.g. the Wednesday meal, to our newly housed service users, rough sleepers, etc. Free to anyone in need and includes the provision of food, clothing, footwear, sleeping bags, tents, etc from donations in our storage facility.)

• Providing advocacy and accurate signposting to other relevant services (e.g. accompanying service users to appointments if they feel nervous or overwhelmed, speaking on their behalf if requested, particularly in cases where official help has been limited or denied.)

• Assisting and supporting access to housing and employment (including helping with benefit claims, form filling, obtaining deposits for accommodation, and drawing on our local contacts to find housing and/or jobs for service users who wish to take up these opportunities.)

• Providing short term emergency private accommodation where appropriate for rough sleepers in extreme conditions (whether the emergency is general, such as a sudden drop in temperature, or personal, such as ill health.)

• Giving ongoing support where appropriate to service users after accommodation has been secured (as we are aware that an individual’s difficulties very rarely disappear when they find accommodation – rough sleeping is frequently only one aspect of a person’s complex problems.)

• Promoting cultural enrichment (such as the free loan of books from our mobile library.)

• Empowering through the development of self-esteem and the provision of appropriate information (as we pay particular attention to morale, because depression is very common amongst people experiencing homelessness.)

• Encouraging independent living through trusted relationships (because our aim is to be present in our service users’ lives for as long as they need us, but always working towards the day when they no longer require our help because they have established independent and fulfilling lives.)