We rely on funding to provide accommodation and support to those
who face homelessness locally. We believe in providing a holistic wrap around
service to our clients in order for them to achieve their full potential and
move on with their lives; this means that when we work with an individual, we
look at the person as a whole and not just their immediate support needs.
During the pandemic our services changed overnight. We now run 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, 365 days a year. We see at least one new person present to us a week
here in Woking. We worked with over 170 clients in 2020-21, we worked
tirelessly to make sure no one rough slept during this time and we are proud of
the achievements many of our clients have made.
We ensure all of our move on accommodation is well maintained, with everything in
good working order to provide our clients with everything they need to set them
on their way independent living.
We offer support through our experienced staff team with applying for benefits, 1:1
support, group sessions and advocacy, jobs, training and development. We rely
on the donations we receive through our fundraising incentives. These donations
go towards purchasing items such as a Birth Certificate, a CSCS card, a
passport, driving licence. We support clients with accessing qualifications and pay for training costs to help them with getting back to work.
Funding donations help vulnerable people experiencing multiple challenges - including physical and mental health issues and substance use problems – to start to address root causes of their homelessness.
“When I was working with York Road Project, my
support worker always helped me to use their computers to do things like log on
to my Universal Credit and book doctor’s appointments. After I got my own
place, I was really nervous about having to walk to town to do these things at
the Library all the time and I didn’t think I would remember all of the
websites I needed. I was so happy when York Road Project bought me my own a
tablet instead and helped me set it up with all of my passwords saved too! I
wouldn’t have been able to keep on top of everything I need to on my own
without it.” – A client who moved last year
£35 pays for a fast tracked replacement birth certificate
This simple piece of paper may have been lost but is a vital form of ID if our client is trying to get a replacement driving license, providing to a new potential employer, ID for registering for an online course or apprenticeship and even, in some cases ID to receive some support with potentially available benefits.
£20 pays for a replacement Drivers License
A form of photo identification is sometimes required when trying to get back into work and/or finding a place to live. The drivers license, if they’ve previously driven may be a good form of ID that may have been previously lost.
Staff & Volunteer Training & Development
We want to make sure our staff are trained for every eventuality. Unfortunately training and the development of our staff and volunteers costs money and therefor from time to time we are faced with costs that we’d be silly not to cover.
£5 pays for 2 coffees
We want our clients to get into a routine, get them talking whilst also thinking about what they can do going forward. Treating people with respect and grabbing a cup of tea/coffee in a local shop goes a long way.
Client and Staff Train travel
We always want to make sure that anyone who comes into our care gets back to where they may be from, have roots to and/or family and friends.