It is usually the winter months where people’s thoughts turn to rough sleepers as they battle to stay warm in the life threatening chill, but pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School have been collecting essential summer items for HARP during the warmer weather. There is a very real and dangerous threat of sun stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration to people sleeping rough, which is why pupils at the school on Manchester Drive decided to collect items to help minimalise
HARP24 runner, Siobhan, was so inspired after the 24-hour running relay hosted by HARP last month that she is on a mission to help fundraise long after the event has passed.
Coffee loving Siobhan spends a lot of time at the new Starbucks Drive-Thru in Southend and told the team there of her passion for helping local homeless people. Siobhan has had a hard few years herself after falling unemployed and living with friends while she found her feet. She said “I moved away to s
Local student Tom Johnson, 19, raised over £330 for HARP by rocking the Railway pub on Clifftown Road in Southend. Songs for Shelter was a music event held in the upstairs room at The Railway pub on the 6th of July, and organiser Tom was thrilled to drop the money raised to HARP this week after his successful charity gig. Tom said “homelessness is on the rise in Southend, so I thought with the spare time I have I could do something to help. It doesn't take a lot to do your bi
Jackie Bliss, HARP Chief Executive In 2013, HARP pledged to End Rough Sleeping, and in our latest impact report we celebrate doing just that for hundreds of local people who have faced homelessness over the last five years. In that time we have increased our overall accommodation from 77 rooms in 2012, to 174 in 2018, and as the number of rooms we provide has risen, the number of rough sleepers known to us at the end of each year has steadily dropped too. Furthermore, 1,133 p
Southend’s beaches have had some TLC from HARP recently after we encouraged our service users to get involved in our beach clean-up operation! With the hot weather upon us thousands have been flocking to our local beaches for some summer fun, but the litter that remains after a busy day at the seaside has been causing upset to local residents. In response to the issue HARP have been working in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and have been clearing rubbish fro