Thank you for being part of SLS (Street Life Sarnies) . A group of like minded volunteers who want to show ❤️, care and support those in crisis by making a little difference in their lives.
OUR GROUP BACKGROUND
The Day family set up this group in July 2014 on Facebook to help provide sandwich pack provision for a Bristol Saturday voluntary run project called Street life. Hunger was rife on the streets and we wanted to make a difference because we could.
We asked friends for help and the community followed. Within months this provision stretched to Newport in South Wales and now in our 3rd year we have nearly 3000 members collecting critical resources of camping resources, street clothing, food stuffs and toiletries and making sandwich packs for the hungry across South Wales & Bristol all year round. We now have 2 FB hub groups this site and the Bristol one run by John Berry https://www.facebook.com/groups/streetlifesarnies.bristol/
We distribute these resources directly to rough sleepers via the following projects monthly:
Street Life Bristol, Newport
Wallich rough sleeper intervention team Newport & Cardiff
Edengate (Sunday Munchies, drop in day centre & night shelter)
* food storage containers & foodstuffs to ‘Food for Thought’.
Monday/ Wednesday & Thursday Cardiff walkabout team (Andy/Steve & Margaret)
Cardiff Wallich Night shelter and Wallich/HANR rough sleeper intervention team
Midlands Cardiff Sangar Team Amapreet Singh.
Merthyr Tydfil Outreach team.
We help the projects that do direct work with rough sleepers – those that are voluntary or have limited funding/pipeline of donations.
We so believe homelessness should be a linked up approach working with all key agencies etc to avoid duplications. Often with complex needs duplication can give the wrong kind of help. The teams we supply offer experienced and professional support to the homeless. We as a group do not give out help on the streets unless outside the cities where no outreach teams available. To link with central professionals teams we aim to reduce duplication of resources and try to avoid offering the wrong kind of help which can lead to facilitating addictions. We pride ourselves on linking with trained professional service providers where we can and supporting in the right way.
We also help the more invisible homeless via Solas Cymru hostels across Monmouthshire, Adams Court & Green Farm council family hostels in Cardiff and a Bristol 900+ bed /200 + family emergency housing hostel.
For campaigns we help around 40 day centres, hostels, outreach teams such as Llamau, Next Link safe houses, Cyfannol Womens Aid as examples including social service teams.
SLS fundraise to purchase resources specially sleeping bags, boxers & socks. All of this to help those in crisis, the homeless & vulnerably housed. Every penny goes on those we help. (*full finance list on SLS Wall). In 2016 we purchased over 250 sleeping bags and 1000+ pairs of socks and 1000+ pairs of boxers in addition to over 8000 sandwich packs across 2 SLS hubs in Wales & Bristol.
We link businesses with centres in need to work together with food wastage, education etc. Community links is vital to the work we do.
From a rough sleeper, a night shelter guest, a sofa surfer visiting a day centre, a family staying in a homeless hostel or a mother and child fleeing abuse and living in a safe house. The visible and more hidden homeless community are the individuals or families in crisis that we at SLS seek to help. We understand people are homeless for a range of reasons but everyone is human and deserves ❤️, support and care whatever their past.
We are not a registered charity (though in the process of registering) and currently we cover all petrol costs and time as volunteers so SLS have no outgoings. We spend every penny raised on those in crisis.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The SLS focus over the winter is now the rough sleepers. We have managed to offer an amazing haul of quality goodies across Gwent and Bristol this winter.
As an SLS member the best way to help us – is to raise awareness, spread the word, collect much needed items via friends, family and colleagues or fundraise. Few ideas of help are;
Maybe you can help buy or collect pre loved clothing, foodstuffs and toiletries (see wanted list below) dog food amongst friends, work and family?
Join the sandwich pack team making 10-20 packs for Magor/Chepstow drop off 4th Saturday per month or Newport drop off (monthly advice dates)
Alternatively you could order a resources and get it delivered to SLS HQ (we can message you address) for the night shelters or support our ‘ Winter warmer appeal ‘ https://www.gofundme.com/37vrbts
What DONATIONS are SLS after? *
We really welcome your generosity, care and support on this. Please sort and label each bag where possible and ensure donations are clean and vgc. Although the guests we help are in crisis, SLS aim to give those in crisis a boost and feel valued/gain self worth in the process of receiving these donations.
porridge pots/cereal pots
Long life milk
crisps (boxed multiple packs are brilliant too )
tinned fruit & fish with ring pull openers.
Rice, pasta, cereals, hob based sauces for hostel food parcels.
* Food that can be eaten cold or added to with hot water.
Drink cartons, small water bottles, juice cartons and hot drink sachets like tea/coffee/hot chocolate / sugar
wet wipes, tissues
Ruck sacks, small street bags, plastic bags.
working mobile phones (for rough sleepers so outreach teams can contact) Sim pay as you go top up cards. These go to Wallich only.
*please note we will also take in baby and children’s clothing and cash for clothes donations (oversized/unsuitable clothing)*
Any unsuitable, oversized or out of season clothing will be used via cash for clothes and funds raised to purchase items below – thank you.
Both male and female warm street clothing appreciated but male street clothing especially in need as 9:1 ratio on street. Guests are small so small/medium men’s (30-32 waists) and sizes 8-12 ladies are really needed.
small and medium warm clothing :
tshirts/polo shirts/casual shirts, hoodies, coats
socks, underwear (boxers/pants/bras)
** please label each bag eg: Womens jeans, Womens hoodies – medium.
( * please note anything ripped, stained, heavily worn or broken cannot be passed on)
roll mats/yoga mats
Dome or pop up tents
Vgc season 3/4 season ( minus 8 waterproof condition ) sleeping bags
cans/sachets/dry food and treats) in date are so needed for the 30 plus dog packs made monthly – please drop to Ruth Cole in Sedbury or drop off points below.
The Bristol, Cardiff & Newport hostels really appreciate Household items : toasters/ microwaves/ irons/ kettles/ saucepans/mugs/cutlery / plates/ tin openers/ peelers/ basic utensils/ tea towels.
Where do drop donations?
From the 2nd January 2017 please drop to the members below (message them directly for drop off address).
From the 2nd January
Country Flowers Caldicot high street Cathy Edwards
*Rogiet : Rachel Furmage
*Chepstow: Claire Day
*Bulwark: Gillian Ray Boswell
*Newport: Sharon Hurved Cath Carey
*Magor : Katrina Taylor Louise Blackmore
Wednesday ‘Teeth for life via Kate Oakes & Brynmawr ‘
What items do SLS NOT CURRENTLY NEED ?
We DO NOT currently need :
Furniture (Ravens trust Newport
Bedding including duvets/pillows unless new in packaging.
No rugs, curtains
books or toys
*We will put pleas on the wall when these items are required.
Due to storage and no van we are unable to take in furniture. However there are people that would really appreciate donations so here are some useful links…
BRISTOL : the emergency housing team need 2 seater sofas, fold down tables and chairs especially (not beds). If you are in the Bristol please email Josie at [email protected] with photos and pick up information and they will liaise directly with you to collect in their van.
Changing Lives 01275 851041 are a Bristol charity shop that supports the homeless and helps them find accommodation.
CARDIFF: Adams court often appreciate small furniture such as toddler beds, single and double beds, small sofas and tables in addition to the items we collect. Please email k[email protected] but these will need dropping to the centre in Cardiff.
Ravens trust Newport:
276-278, Cromwell Road, Newport. NP19 0HT
01633 762999. http://www.ravenhouse.org/
If you have FRESH food left over from a party or work that is suitable for guests. Please drop directly to the following locations to help vulnerably housed and rough sleepers.
Solas Cymru : Newport: reception manned 24/7 : 01633718032
49 George street np202aa – welcome all goodies. Also hostels Clarence Place, Albert Street, Clifton.
Martyn Parry food for thought project feeding Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday’s in Newport. 07792682454
John Collier in Rogiet works at Clarence Place Solas hostel.
Edengate Newport: weekday am drop in / Sunday munchies 2-4 and night Shelter ; [email protected]
Woodstock House Regent Street ..Hill House Mount Pleasant Chepstow NP16 5PT: 01291 637418
Huggard Centre : Huggard Centre, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff CF10 5DE 24/7 manned reception. Tel: 029 2064 2000
Hales House Osborne Road Pontypool NP4 6NR (view a map)
Tel: 01495 763354
Annmarie Thomas for Merthyr https://www.facebook.com/Providing-help-to-Merthyr-tydfil-homeless-less-fortunate-709371859127955/
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