UNISON is a proud sponsor of Cathedral Archer Project and the sterling work that they are doing to help the homeless.
The Cathedral Archer Project is a warm, safe place for homeless adults where people are treated with respect and given the opportunity to change their lives. The Cathedral Archer Project helps homeless adults achieve a better life through 1:1 support, volunteering opportunities and activities. They also provide crisis support and access to healthcare, showers, laundry and hot meals. Breakfast at CAP is a lifeline for many and offers us the chance to engage with people and give them the foundations for change. It is often the first contact we have with those in need and helps us to build relationships and trust. For those that are existing day to day, the provision of regular meals allows people to begin moving on from a life of survival towards a life that is fulfilling and enjoyable. Everyone who visits the project for breakfast also has access to lunch, health support and occupational activities, amongst other things.
Above: Jane Knight (Education Convenor) and Rod Padley (Education Convenor and Branch Secretary) helping serve lunch at Cathedral Archer Project and receiving a certificate of thanks on behalf of UNISON City of Sheffield Branch.
Please see the short paragraph below from Ruby Baker, Marketing and Development at The Cathedral Archer Project.
“Our aim at the project is to help people change their lives for the better by offering people space, time and support. You are helping us achieve this.
We have been working with homeless people for 25 years and in this time have learnt effective ways to support people. We involve the people who use our project as we think this is the most valuable way to understand what people need. In focus groups people tell us that the systems they come up against in life are “immensely toxic”, “grinding” and rob them of the feeling of “being human”. CAP is different and gives them opportunities.
Thanks to our supporters and their compassion to helping the homeless, we can continue to offer people things such as literacy and numeracy qualifications, NVQs, volunteering opportunities and support towards a fulfilling and enjoyable life. We believe that life is about living, not surviving. You are making this a reality for so many of the people who visit us every day”.
UNISON City of Sheffield Branch are collecting items to take to the Cathedral Archer Project as they are currently short of the following:
- Male/female underwear (boxer shorts for men please), Shoes & Trainers in all sizes, women's swimming costumes
- Women's clothing in sizes 8 – 16 and men's clothing in sizes 30 – 36
- Cereals, pot noodles, pasta, rice, sugar, flour, tea, coffee, etc. Biscuits, tinned food and sweets make a lovely treat to add to rough sleepers’ parcels.
Please help the project by bringing any of the above items to the Branch Office or directly to the Cathedral Archer Project.
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