About us

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HARP is the leading Southend charity helping local people overcome homelessness for good.


We provide essential services and long term solutions to support local people taking steps to overcome homelessness. Homelessness is a diverse and complex issue, and many that are homeless remain hidden; sofa surfing, sleeping rough away from danger, or living between places as and when the opportunity arises. 

We had over 12,700 visits to our Bradbury Day Centre in the year ended March 2020, where we help people who are either homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

We currently provide housing for up to 214 people that might otherwise be sleeping on the streets, all of whom have an action plan to help them manage and overcome the issues that might be surrounding their homelessness. At HARP, we have a tried and tested pathway to support people to move on to an independent life. We aim to provide tailored, innovative solutions for specific groups to get the best possible results and help as many people move on as possible. 

HARP also offer ongoing one-to-one support and work closely with partner agencies to provide a 360 degree approach to improving health, wellbeing, and housing. This includes access to meals, health advice, counselling and peer support, access to clothing, washing facilities, a meaningful activities programme, and a listening ear for when the journey feels tough. 

HAR team member helps homeless woman
Homeless man rough sleeping outside brick wall with sleeping bag

Find out more about the causes of homelessness, different types of homelessness and some key facts on the people we are helping in Southend.

In 2013 we launched our ambitious five year strategy - End Rough Sleeping. We want to put in place the right services so that no one has to resort to sleeping on the streets in Southend. 

We often get questions from the public about what we do. We're really proud of our work, so here are our answers for the most frequently asked questions. 

Beans and jacket potato dinner served to homeless man
HARP Southend BID homeless campaign leaflet Don't Just Walk By
Homeless charity HARP CEO Gill Garwood

Read about our mission and the values that underpin our work.

Check out our latest campaigns to help local people overcome homelessness for good.

Take a look at our latest impact reports, which highlight the positive impact our work has had on both the individuals we support  and the local community. 

HARP Souhend's homeless charity housing team photo
HARP Southend's homeless charity partners

Meet our dedicated team who are working hard to help local people start a new life away from the streets. 


Our team



Southend is full of companies and businesses that care about local homeless people. We work with lots of people, who help us to provide the best possible service to homeless people in our town.