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Better Bankside spreads holiday cheer with 4,700 Christmas gifts donated to vulnerable adults

Bankside and You Success Story + News
We couldn't have done it without you!

Our 2016 Together at Christmas collection has completely outstripped previous years with 4,700 gifts donated, wrapped and delivered to over 1,600 people supported by 28 local chrities and community groups! 

Our Together at Christmas campaign is now in its tenth year and we were overwhelmed with the public response. Each and every gift donated makes a real difference to the lives of homeless, vulnerably housed and elderly people who may not receive a present otherwise. We’re very thankful to those that donated a gift to our appeal. 

"It’s wonderful to see true Christmas spirit. At this time of year the media is full of images of happy families settling down for Christmas cheer while for many the reality can be quite different. This gifts will go a long way to showing that people do care for others and make Christmas day more bearable", Jamie Hickling, Manager at St Mungo’s Broadway.

The gifts have now been distributed benefitting a wide range of Southwark people. Thank you to Zipcar for Business for supporting us in our delivery of all of the gifts!

Together at Christmas 2016 could not have happened without the support of staff at the 75 local businesses who hosted gift collection boxes, to members of the public who donated to our public collection points and to all of those fantastic gift wrapping elves!

The gifts were donated to the following organisations:

  • Age UK Southwark, Exists to improve life for older people
  • Blackfriars Settlement, Elderly social clubs
  • Brook Drive Sheltered Housing Unit, Elderly supported residential care
  • Depaul UK Nightstop London, Provides emergency accommodation in the homes of local volunteers for young people aged 16-25 from one night a week to several days or weeks at a time
  • Divine Rescue, Run a day centre for homeless & substance abuse victims, providing food, clothing, advice and training to service users. 
  • Hopton’s Gardens, Elderly supported residential care
  • Hughes House, Elderly supported residential care
  • Look Ahead Joe Richards House, Hostel for single homeless men and women aged 18-65, including people with mental health needs and / or drink/drug problems
  • Look Ahead Care & Support, David Barker House, Single homeless men who have slept rough, including those with low level support needs around alcohol, drugs and/or mental health.
  • Look Ahead Care & Support, Manor Place Hostel, Single homeless women with medium to high level support needs including those with mental health issues, alcohol and/or drug use and women escaping domestic violence.
  • Look Ahead Care & Support, New Kent Road, Single homeless people between age 18-59 who have established mental health problems. Can also accept those with alcohol and substance misuse problems. 
  • Look Ahead Care & Support, Southwark Bridge Road, Single homeless people between age 18-59 who have established mental health problems. Can also accept those with alcohol and substance misuse problems
  • Look Ahead Southwark Move On, Semi independent living for previously homeless people
  • Look Ahead Southwark Step Down, Semi independent living for previously homeless people
  • Look Ahead Southwark Young People Service, Young people living in Southwark aged between 16-26 who currently are, or are at risk of homelessness.
  • Lucy Brown House, Elederly supported residential care
  • Ray Gunter Sheltered Housing Unit, Elderly supported residential care
  • Robes Project,  Supports people who are homeless by running a temporary night shelter between November and April of each year
  • Southwark Supported Hostels: Keyworth Street, Elderly supported residential care
  • Southwark Supported Hostels: Northcott House, Elderly supported residential care
  • Southwark Supported Hostels: Wren Road, Elderly supported residential care
  • St. Mungo's Grange Road, Emergency Homeless Shelter
  • St. Mungo's Great Guildford St., Emergency Homeless Shelter
  • St. Mungo's Recovery College, People who have experienced homelessness getting back into education
  • St. Mungo's semi independent living, Supported accomodation for people who have experienced homelessness
  • The Manna Society Run a day centre for the homeless, providing things that most of us take for granted: food, a toilet, a shower, clothing, advice and medical services. 
  • The Salvation Army (Southwark), Support people who currently are or have been homeless. Services range from providing food, accommodation, employment support and addiction support.
  • West London Mission, Supported accommodation for homeless people and ex-servicemen
Dec 22 2016