Ap­peal hits £84,000 but more still needed

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Olivia Scull Print writer 01225 322 273 olivi­aalexan­[email protected]­plc.com

Home­less char­ity, Ju­lian House, wants to re­mind the pub­lic that even though Christ­mas is gone, home­less­ness is still here. Like­wise, while many peo­ple de­servedly look for a bright new fu­ture in the New Year, for many oth­ers life prospects will still feel gloomy. Each year Ju­lian House launch their Christ­mas Ap­peal, which is their big­gest sin­gle fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive. Last year they ex­ceeded their tar­get of £120,000 and are aim­ing for £150,000 this Christ­mas. Although the char­ity has now gone past the half­way mark with its an­nual Christ­mas ap­peal, or­gan­iser, Ce­cil Weir, is con­cerned that peo­ple will for­get the prob­lem. He said: “We are de­lighted that the to­tal raised has now reached just over £84,000. “How­ever in the past we have al­ways raised much more be­fore Christ­mas than af­ter­wards, which means that hit­ting our £150,000 ap­peal tar­get may be a strug­gle. “This is a worry be­cause it’s not about fund­ing our work now. It’s about fund­ing our work through­out 2019. “For ob­vi­ous rea­sons aware­ness around home­less­ness is much higher in the win­ter and par­tic­u­larly when it’s frosty. That why we con­cen­trate our cam­paign now. The truth is that be­ing home­less in July is al­most as tough as Jan­uary.” At the core of the char­ity’s work is its emer­gency bed spa­ces in Man­vers Street (20) plus an­other 10-bed unit nearby. These beds are ba­sic but warm and safe and give peo­ple short term respite from their plight. Ju­lian House also has an­other 10 bed­rooms at an­other city cen­tre lo­ca­tion. Dur­ing win­ter this ac­com­mo­da­tion is at ca­pac­ity. From there, the goal is to move most of its clients on to some sort of sup­ported hous­ing or if pos­si­ble in­de­pen­dent liv­ing, as quickly as prac­ti­cal. In this way for­mally desti­tute men and women can once again re­con­nect with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and, with sup­port, reen­ter the job mar­ket. The Ju­lian House Christ­mas ap­peal runs from now un­til the end of Jan­uary. To sup­port the ap­peal you can fill in a Christ­mas Ap­peal slip and send to Ju­lian House, do­nate to their Just­giv­ing page – www.just­giv­ing.com/ju­lian­house/do­nate or ring 01225 354650. You can also help the home­less this Christ­mas by be­ing an ex­tra pair of eyes for Ju­lian House. If you see some­one on the street that needs help please re­port it to Streetlink on 0300 500 0914.

Ju­lian House helps the home­less

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