£5 Survival Bags

Now that the winter months have arrived and the nights become colder, our homeless friends will continue to live on the streets until we can help them to their forever homes.

At times through this winter, you will probably walk/past/cycle one of our homeless friends, and they will likely need a friendly hand at some point! If you want to help but don’t know how, here is a quick way you can help this winter, for under £5! 

You can create a Survival Kit, to keep in your handbag, backpack, car or your desk at work! All you need is a zip-lock freezer bag and some of the below items…

£5 Survival Kit

Socks – 50p 

  • 5 pairs can be bought at Primark for £2.50, making 1 pair only 50p

Gloves – £1.00

  • 2 pairs can be bought at Primark for £2.00, making 1 pair only £1.00

Hand Warmer – £0.50

  • 2 pack can be bought from Halfords for £1.00, making 1 warmer only 50p

High Calorie Chocolate Bar – £0.25 

  • e.g. Yorkie, Snickers or Twix – 4 packs available at any Pound shop for £1, making each bar only 25p

Tissues – £0.16

  • 6 pack can be bought at Boots for £1.00, making 1 pack only around 16p

Baby Wipes – £1.00 

  • £1 from any Pound Shop

Plaster/Bandage – £1.00 

  • £1 from any Pound Shop 

HOMELESS STREET ANGELS CONTACT INFORMATION 

  • We have emergency call out numbers that our homeless friends, or you, can call. Include our information on a piece of paper in your survival kit. 

Total = £4.41

Please keep a look out for our homeless friends this winter and think ahead for them, no one wants to be out in the cold!

*Please remember to always call an ambulance if emergency medical care is required*

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Homeless Doggies

So as many of you know, dogs are a man’s best friend… this is quite literal on the streets. As many of our homeless friends have doggie friends. 

Every week when we go out to feed our homeless friends we also, take food and clothes out for their furry friends. We are always in need of dog food, treats and coats. 

Although these canine companions often have a thick fur coat, they can also get cold living on the streets. A jumper, coat or blanket for a dog can keep them cosy and stop them from becoming poorly. 

Watching the pups eat there food up is amazing they are always so grateful for anything given to them. We take dry biscuits, wet food and treats out for the dogs.

A few weeks ago when we were out on our usual Thursday night we spotted one of our regular dogs. The beautiful doggie spotted us straight away and was so excited to see us. As always we were armed with food and treats for animals.

These dogs provide companionship, protection and love for our homeless friends. A lot of the dog owners describe having a dog on the streets as having a constant friend looking out for you. They look after the dog through the day and the dog looks after them and protects them through the night so they can try get some sleep.

If you are able, please donate to these beautiful pups. Have an old doggie jumper or coat, rehome it to one of our homeless dogs. Going to get your dog a packet of treats from the store? Pick up an extra pack for a dog without a warm home.

These four-legged friends are just as important to help as our human friends, so please donate if you can.

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Rememberance Day

Sunday 11th November is a day where we all remember, appreciate and respect those that lost their lives at war. Sadly, it will come as little surprise to you that many of our homeless friends, were serving men and women at some point in their lifetimes.

Whilst we wear our poppies to commemorate the brave and lost, we must also remember those men and woman still serving today and those no longer serving, but forever changed by their experiences.

Some of our friends suffer from addictions and conditions that have resulted from their years in the forces, and we hope to support them to eventually get them into their forever homes.

We will continue to feed, clothe and house our homeless friends, but if you do know of a veteran who is homeless, or facing homelessness, please refer them to the Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion take an active role in trying to prevent homelessness amongst the Armed Forces and will be happy to take your call on 0808 802 8080.

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Santa Sack Appeal

Last year at Christmas time we put together backpacks full of presents for our homeless friends to open on Christmas Eve. They were full of essentials such as toiletries, hand warmers, underwear and lots more, all individually wrapped so they had lots of presents to wake up to. 

Over 100 rucksacks were filled on the night with items such as wipes, socks, toiletries, chocolate bars, scarves, and gloves. Each bag also had a slice of Christmas cake, a book, and a gift such as lip balm, hand warmers, torch or umbrellas – and every single item was wrapped up.

On Christmas Eve, many volunteers turned up to hand out the rucksacks to our homeless friends. Armed with present filled backpacks they hit the streets of Leeds city centre to spread Christmas cheer. It’s a very hard time of year for our friends on the streets and we want to make it a little bit easier for them. It’s important to us that we make this time of year special for our homeless friends, so they can feel less alone and know that someone cares. 

This year we plan on doing a similar thing to ensure our homeless friends have another special Christmas. We are going to be taking Santa sacks full with presents and essentials to gift to our friends on the streets, but we need help! The only way we can continue the amazing work we do for the homeless is through donations and this time is no different. 

To be able to make this festive time of year special we will be relying on amazing and generous donations. While you’re doing your Christmas shopping think of the homeless men, women and dogs and maybe pick up an extra gift set or box of chocolates to donate for the homeless. A small gift like these can make someone’s Christmas feel so much better. Knowing that someone has thought about them at this time of year can make our friends feel as though they are cared about and are not alone.

Please if you are able to donate, donate. Below is a list of just a few things that would be great donations. For those that may be unable to buy gifts, we are also doing sponsor a Santa sack, for £25 each it will consist of a Santa sack with gift-wrapped presents and essentials with a personalised gift tag – for our guys on the streets that have furry companions we are also doing doggie sacks at £12 each and are appealing for dog toys and treats. Please give what you can, and thankyou in advance.

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Why We Do What We Do

So for our first post, we thought we would like to say why we enjoy and love what we do. We asked our city centre outreach team to tell us why they come out to help the homeless.

Becky, one of the founders and directors of Homeless Street Angels said, “I love to make our friends on the streets know that they have someone who cares and someone to look out for them no matter what”.

Michelle, our Head of City Centre Outreach said “I love to see their faces light up when I give them a cuddle. So many people just ignore them, a cuddle makes them feel human again”.

Lynda said “I want them to know that they are not on their own and that they will always have someone who cares”.

Jan said, “I believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect and have their basic human needs met. I’d like to think what we do helps the people we see feel that there are people who care and will fight their corner”.

Christine said, “I personally feel sowing kindness and compassion is the best gift I can give someone in need. I just love being part of Homeless Steet Angels team, supporting vulnerable people within our community and hopefully gaining their trust”.

We all love doing what we do for different personal reasons, but most of all we all love to see our homeless friends happy and safe. As a team, we all met over a common want to help others who are in need and we have grown together to become a family.

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