Despair

Depression and homelessness

Poor mental health remains one of the great unaddressed issues surrounding homelessness. In recent months, we have seen a marked increase in the number of applications for our grants that… Read more »

Male Afghanistan refugee given leave to remain and shelter

Support through difficult times

Khalid is one of many young people in the UK with no family to support him. He moved here alone from Afghanistan several years ago. He does not know where… Read more »

Easter egg flower bunny rabbit arrangement

Easter celebrations at hostels

Thanks to our donors’ support this year, we are able to support lots of fun activities for people in hostels over the Easter weekend. Mums in hostels can struggle to… Read more »

Home living room with sofa and table

Former alcoholic now loves life

Fran* is 51 and a recovering alcoholic. She drank for over 20 years of her life, estranging her friends and family in the process. After falling very ill, she was… Read more »

The Homeless Outreach & Support Team (HOST) is managed by Riverside Care & Support

A Volunteer’s Story – Part Two

James’ story of personal transformation continues. 10 December 2016 I moved into my own flat, and while it was terrifying, with planning and sheer determination I boxed it all and went…. Read more »

Supporting people with mental health issues

A Volunteer’s Story – Part One

Our life experiences don’t define us, but they do shape how we see things. James’ support worker contacted us asking for funding for a laptop to support his volunteering work… Read more »

Woman wearing coat hat and scarf against freezing cold walking alone down snowy street in blizzard

Helping rough sleepers in the freezing weather

Helping a rough sleeper, especially in the current freezing weather conditions, could save their life. In official counts last autumn, more than 4,700 people were seen sleeping rough on any… Read more »

sunflower

Clothing provides self-esteem

Maisie became street homeless at 17. She was living in a young person’s foyer, but was evicted because of her anger issues. Her relationship with her parents was strained to… Read more »

Vine with grapes and Bible quote "I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit." John 15:5

A message of hope this Lent

We are constantly bombarded with negative stories: news of wars, famines, disasters, and man’s inhumanity to man. Perhaps more pervasive are everyday examples of our inability to co-operate and work together... Read more »
Homeless young people from homelessness hostel Shaw Street in Liverpool are the winning bowling team on a night out

Homeless young people enjoy night out

More than a quarter of homeless hostel residents in England are under 25. Young people can become homeless for a variety of reasons: due to relationship breakdowns, leaving care, mental… Read more »