Thursday, 9 August 2018

Update on homeless warriors in Watford

It has been a busy few weeks and with the weather being so hot we have handed out nearly 1000 bottles of water, kindly donated by a company on Imperial Way who heard my talk at Stanborough Church.

Staying with the Stanborough Church we have a meeting on the 14th August with the Pastor, the church's youth group and deputy mayor of Watford. They have kindly offered their support to Homeless Warriors by helping put some survival kits together for our street friends and for those in shelters / venerably housed.

They have even ordered another cycle trailer as mine is getting a lot of use. Having two will make things a lot easier.

Myself and Ruth Lee met with Peter Taylor the Mayor of Watford to discuss our ideas and see how we can work more closely together to improve things for the homeless in Watford.

Warriors now includes a new organisation brought to fruition with the help of Ruth Lee. This organisation is called Homebrella. We are aiming to bring all the small projects and individuals in Watford into one communication network. This will enable us to improve effectiveness and opportunities to support one another.

An Example of how we could use such a network is when a small supermarket experienced issues with their fridges; food was in danger of being thrown out. Fortunately we managed to hear about this and saved most of it, with a network of people working together we could have probably saved it all!

So as you can see a lot is happening and along with all of the above we are also in the process of becoming a no profit community interest company (CIC) which will enable us to fund raise and approach business's for support. We are planning a fund raising launch disco and a sleep out too. Discussions are well under way with a company that organises such events.

We also held our first awareness event at GoFest which was held at Stanborough Park during July, a great success with plenty of interest and offers of support.

We are hoping that this is the first of many events and with a view to selling items for additional fundraising purposes. Warriors have some big plans for the future but slowly and surely to ensure that the support goes where it is needed most.

An Amazon wish list has been set up for those who wish to buy an item to donate. Just click on the link to visit and see how you can help.

We also have a Paypal account for donations which you can pay through

watfordhomelessproject@yahoo.com

Only through working together can we change the Stigma


Written by : Stephen Phoenix Russell