How can your church help?
To find out about schemes for homeless people close to you, look at our map, or contact us for more information. The schemes we support are not drop-in shelters, and individual homeless callers should not be directed to them. If you aren’t local to a scheme that Church Housing Trust supports, find out if there are other projects you could work with in your area. If Church Housing Trust does not support a scheme near you, visit the Homeless Link services search.
We also provide advice to help with homeless callers: please download the How to Help Homeless People advice booklet below.
If you would like to raise funds for Church Housing Trust, we can supply you with posters, collection tins and Gift Aid envelopes to publicise what you are doing. If you are near a scheme we support, we may be able to attend your event. A fundraiser such as a bake sale, jumble sale, or sponsored event can get the whole community feeling they are involved and making a difference. Church Housing Trust can also help you secure places in sponsored events – please get in touch for more information.
Hold an event such as a coffee morning, cake sale or jumble sale on our behalf
Promote Church Housing Trust as your ‘charity of the month’
Encourage your PCC to give a charitable donation to Church Housing Trust
Encourage members to take part in a sponsored activity on our behalf, e.g. Three Peaks Challenge, Great North Run, mini marathons
Arrange for a collection on Homelessness Sunday, which is usually marked on the last Sunday of January
Take part in Poverty Sunday, which takes place each year on the last Sunday before Lent.
Donate essential items, or run a shoebox collection
Another way you can help is to collect essential items for residents. Please talk to us or staff at the scheme first to ensure that someone can transport them to your nearby homelessness scheme. Depending on the individuals at the scheme, they may prefer specific items: toiletries and towels; warm winter coats; basic food stuffs; smart clothing to help people going to job interviews; or they may be grateful for some extra Christmas presents.
Volunteers can not only be there for someone homeless, but also provide them with a vital sense of belonging. They might have been resettled in a new area and need help to familiarise themselves. Befriending someone is as simple as taking them out for a coffee. You might be able to visit them and cook a meal. You might go out with them and do your shopping together. Any time you can give could transform someone’s life.
Set up a scheme for homeless people
In the winter months, roughly 90 churches across England and Wales run night shelters as emergency accommodation for rough sleepers when the weather is freezing. If you think this is something that your church could do, Housing Justice can help you to set one up. Housing Justice also help churches to create new affordable housing as part of their redevelopment plans for church buildings or land. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.