Imagine having to sleep rough for just one night...
On Saturday September 29th I will be spending the night sleeping out on cardboard in Woking city centre – to raise funds and awareness of the YRP while hopefully getting a tiny glimpse into the world of the rough sleeper.
The York Road Project is a charity doing invaluable work in Woking, Surrey and the surrounding areas, dealing with the many issues and challenges facing homeless individuals every day.
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I grew up a few miles from Woking, and first came across the work of the York Road Project while organizing an exhibition at the town’s art museum. Their local focus and holistic approach to the issues around homelessness caught my attention and I firmly believe they deserve our support. Issues like homelessness can often feel overwhelming at a national level, but the answer to “how can we make a difference?” is simple: one person at a time.
What really impresses me about their ethos is the ability the YRP has to see the individual, and their ambition to find solutions. From their Outreach program – where they will go out and literally try to find people sleeping rough anywhere within Woking and the surrounding boroughs and occasionally beyond – to the offer of immediate overnight accommodation, followed by support during the daytime at The Prop (where people can get access to showers, a laundry and computers) right through to the ultimate goal of finding secure permanent & independent accommodation, however challenging that might seem at the outset. It’s a steady approach and a successful model that could be rolled out town by town.
The YRP relies largely on donations & they deserve our support.
From October 2018 onwards I have agreed to be the new Patron of the York Road Project, so you might hear from me again on this subject from time to time in the future!!