How Hands on Hand out started
Helping London's Homeless
After Justine volunteered for crisis at Christmas in 2015 she realised that anyone of us could realistically become homeless. They say we are only 3 wage packets away from homelessness. Shocking!!!!!!!!
“When volunteering I meet some amazing, talented and intelligent people who for some reason or another had become homeless. It was a very emotional experience and made me soon realise I needed to do more.
Once a year helping at Christmas was just not enough for me. I shared this experience with 3 friends and we really all felt the same. After my shifts at crisis finished, I went home to a warm house a hot meal and a comfy bed and knew how lucky I was and needed to do more, and on a regular basis. My vision was to go out on the streets of London and give people gift bags containing food and toiletries, warm clothes, sleeping bags and also conversation and laughter, as many people I spoke to, while volunteering said they missed human contact and conversation. I think the most important thing to remember is everyone has a story, everyone has a past, and we may never find out why these people are homeless but we sure can help them in a very small way. It dawned on me how very young and how very old some of the homeless guys were and how they are all so vulnerable. So, it was my mission to try and make a difference.”
On the 21st February 2016 HoHo stepped out onto the streets of London for their first outreach and gave out lots of care packages. We did this once a month for many months but slowly realised it just wasn’t enough. We then started a route that goes from Euston to Kings Cross and continued to do this every Sunday. The amazing team of volunteers has got bigger as we have got busier.
On the third Sunday of every month we have now secured St Pancras church hall in Euston where we do a static outreach were our homeless friends come to us. We set up the hall and provide a wide range of clean clothes, shoes, toiletries, hot and cold food/drinks, essential items, foot spas and haircuts/beard trims. It’s a great place for our homeless friends to come and relax, socialise. We are very lucky to have this space.
We became a registered charity which is non-profit on 6 June 2018 and continue to strive to help our homeless friends on a weekly basis along with the help of the amazing members of the public who donate items, essentials and money on a regular basis. We would not be able to do what we do without them.