Ruck­sack project set to launch again

Stockport Express - - Your Views - BY JONATHAN BILLINGS Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer at The Well­spring

THE Well­spring will be host­ing The Ruck­sack project again this De­cem­ber, which en­cour­ages mem­bers of the pub­lic, lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to do­nate prac­ti­cal items that we can then give to peo­ple who are sleep­ing rough on the streets in or­der to make that ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle more bear­able and to in­crease our en­gage­ment with peo­ple who we can po­ten­tially sup­port out of home­less­ness.

Do­na­tions of ei­ther a com­pleted Ruck­sack con­tain­ing warm cloth­ing, toi­letries and a sleep­ing bag can be made or do­na­tions of in­di­vid­ual items to make packs up.

Last year we re­ceived hun­dreds of ruck­sacks, these lasted The Well­spring 12 months and en­sured that any­one who was rough sleep­ing in Stock­port got a ruck­sack.

The Well­spring also works along­side other home­less or­gan­i­sa­tions and we pass do­na­tions on to these other char­ity’s to be dis­trib­uted to peo­ple who are rough sleep­ing.

We are al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers to help with the Ruck­sack Project, if you are in­ter­ested then get in touch with me via 01614776344 or email jonathan@ thewell­

The Well­spring Face­book page is prov­ing to be such a use­ful tool, in the last week we sup­ported a 45 year old man in to a flat, he had been sleep­ing rough in a tent since Fe­bru­ary when he split from his wife.

Upon mov­ing in to the flat the gen­tle­man had noth­ing at all and was just sleep­ing on a hard floor in a sleep­ing bag.

After mak­ing an ap­peal on Face­book for do­na­tions of fur­ni­ture the gen­tle­man now has a fully fur­nished flat and a place to make his home. In my ex­pe­ri­ence it is ab­so­lutely cru­cial that when we get some­one back in to hous­ing we do all we can to make it in to a home a.s.a.p.

I’ve known many peo­ple gain prop­er­ties and then lose them very quickly as it sim­ply has not be­come their home.

Thank you so much to ev­ery­one who re­cently do­nated fur­ni­ture to The Well­spring via Face­book.

To fol­low The Well­spring on Face­book, please like our page. More in­for­ma­tion about The Well­spring and the many ser­vices we of­fer can be found at www. thewell­

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