London Mayor sets out plans for £50 million fund to help homeless people

Our London based friends will be interested in this link, which can be found on the Mayor’s website dated 20th December 2016. The information sets out plans for a £50m fund to help homeless people, including former rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse, by delivering properties specifically earmarked for people needing to move on from hostels and refuges. The funding is available to housing providers as part of the Mayor’s £3.15bn Affordable Homes Programme, which was agreed with the Government in November’s Autumn Statement. Whilst more localised groups may not be able to tap into the fund they may want to speak to their London Assembly representative about how the funding in being utilised in their area and possibly explore how they could like into the services being provided. This is the link to the article and this is the link to more information about the £50m.

Help the Homeless Grant Funding

Help The Homeless main funding remit is the regular allocation of grants (generally up to £5,000) for capital costs to small and medium-sized registered charities only (those with a turnover of under £1m per annum). Each application is considered on its merits by the Board of Trustees. All applications must relate to projects that assist individuals in their return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance. Examples of recent grants made can be seen here. Please note we are unable to consider requests for computers and IT equipment.


The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15th March / 15th June / 15th September / 15th December. More details here

Music by Stray Theories

The music included in the videos has kindly been provided by Stray Theories, which is the music project of New Zealand based, Australian musician/composer, Micah Templeton-Wolfe. You can obtain more information on the latest projects and back catalogue for Stray Theories by clicking here.

Volunteering and State Benefits

All the groups and charities involved in the I AM HUNGER Film project are reliant upon the free time, energies and dedication of individual volunteers. This blog/link concerns those amazing people who happen to be on state benefits and are also volunteering in a local group or charity. If you are receiving state benefits you are still allowed to volunteer. However, there are some rules that you need to be aware of to make sure that your volunteering doesn’t have an impact on the benefits you receive. Helpful guidance on this matter is available from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). This guidance aims to help you start volunteering by giving an overview of what you need to know and providing some answers to some of the questions you may have before you start volunteering. Read more here

Bristol: Call for Volunteers Saturday 4th February

On Saturday 4th February 2917 Bristol Reconnect will be holding a day of volunteering from 10.30am. Join them for the whole day, or just for a couple of hours. They will be making small repairs, fitting new shelving, sanding, painting etc. They will provide a delicious lunch and drinks for more information click here. Any groups wanting to share information for similar events please get in touch.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) was established over 100 years ago by Joseph Rowntree to provide housing in communities and to understand the root causes of social problems.  Rowntree was a visionary businessman and social reformer. He built New Earswick, a village in York, for people on low incomes, including staff who worked in his factory, giving them access to decent homes at affordable rents. He was committed to understanding the causes of poverty and disadvantage in order to create a better society. His son, Seebohm Rowntree, was a pioneering social researcher who undertook one of the country’s first investigations into poverty. JRF is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy, and practice. If you want to find out more about the types of events, research opportunities and funding JRK support for a poverty free UK then click here.