WHY VOLUNTEER FOR A HOMELESS CHARITY IN PRESTON?
With an estimated 300,000 people living rough on Britain's streets, there's no better time than now to get involved with the fight against homelessness. Rough sleeping can all too easily happen for a variety of reasons, from being unable to find employment to poor mental health or an addiction.
We're lucky in the UK to have many charities that dedicate time, money and efforts towards helping the homeless. As in so many cities, the number of rough sleepers on Preston’s streets has increased significantly over the last few years – but we can help reverse this.
By playing People's Postcode Lottery, you'll be helping hundreds of great causes across the UK, with a proportion of each and every ticket sale going to charity. You could also show your support for homeless charities in Preston by volunteering directly or assisting with their fundraising efforts. Here are just a few projects doing invaluable work in the city.
HOMELESS SANCTUARIES IN PRESTON THAT NEED YOUR HELP
Founded over 25 years ago, Depaul UK is a charity that aims to assist young people who are, or are at risk of, becoming homeless. So far, People's Postcode Lottery players have raised over £6.6 Million to help fund its good work.
Depaul UK has a presence in various cities and towns across the UK where it's able to aid thousands of youths every year through a series of support programmes. As well as finding safe accommodation, the organisation also tries to rebuild family ties through counselling and support sessions, alongside running educational and employment workshops.
The charity is in constant need of volunteers to become Nightstop hosts, who can offer someone a safe spare room for the night at short notice. It also requires people to assist with admin tasks and support fundraising efforts, including at charity events in Preston.
Emmaus is another UK-wide homeless charity. Founded in France after the Second World War, it now operates across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland too. The organisation's main goal is to eliminate homelessness, striving to do this through its supported accommodation, employment programmes and counselling services.
In Preston, the charity can provide housing for up to 26 homeless people at any one time, as well as offer work opportunities and other essential forms of support. It also has a huge charity shop in the city, where they sell high quality second–hand clothing, household goods and furnishings. Donations are always welcome, as are volunteers to help sort through contributions and run the store.
You could also do your bit by helping with admin tasks, campaigning on social media or by assisting with maintenance at the supported accommodation facility. People's Postcode Lottery players awarded the charity £2,000 in 2018 to help with their deserving projects.
THE FOXTON CENTRE
This local Preston charity assists some of the city's most marginalised people, including rough sleepers. It does this through a series of outreach programmes that offer support for issues like addiction and poor mental health. The Foxton Centre's Housing First project also provides those living on the streets with open-ended support when it comes to securing a home.
The Foxton Centre runs a community café where they invite homeless people to come for warmth, advice and hot meals. They even encourage them to get involved with a range of AQA accredited courses. The charity has plenty of opportunities for volunteers, whether it's distributing flyers, promoting campaigns or helping organise charity events in Preston.
HOW CAN YOU SHOW YOUR SUPPORT?
Have a look at our Local Causes directory and discover more great organisations to volunteer with in your area.