See what’s been happening at the Cathedral Archer Project.
At his Summer Reception earlier this month the High Sheriff asked those present to imagine that they were now homeless:
“I want you to picture your journey home tonight to your comfortable and secure home with food in the fridge and clean sheets on the bed. Then I want you to imagine that a crisis has just befallen you and your home has gone. You are reduced to a shop doorway to sleep in with cardboard for your duvet.”
He stressed how "Homelessness is an abomination in a great Britain of 2018. We should not tolerate the sight of homeless and rough sleepers on our streets. South Yorkshire is better than that."
Those sleeping in shop doorways, on friends and family’s sofas, and in insecure accommodation rely on the numerous charities, agencies and organisations that exist across Sheffield and South Yorkshire. These organisations do not work alone in their attempts to help the homeless, but work together to help each individual find their own stable, fulfilling and enjoyable life. But South Yorkshire also has a postivie agenda separate from these organisations to end homelessness.
At the Cathedral Archer Project, we help the homeless and vulnerable of Sheffield from sleeping bag to employment. Providing hot food at breakfast and lunch, food parcels, access to medical and dental clinics on site, to computers and a phone. As well as providing opportunities to get involved in activities from English and Maths to Yoga and cooking, and become a partner volunteer helping to run our centre.
In bringing charities and agencies such as ourselves together the High Sheriff’s Summer Reception not only highlighted the need to put hope back into the shattered individuals who find themselves homeless, but also the interconnected work of those in this area trying to do just that.
Project Support Worker: Empowering Women at Just Works
Role: to support vulnerable women to identify and achieve their aspirations and provide opportunities to move towards a stable and more fulfilling life.
Salary: £14,312-£15, 903 (12.20/hr)
Hours: Flexible 22.5/25 per week
Fixed term contract 3 years
Applicants: Due to the nature of the role only female applicants will be considered.
Application closing date: 5pm Friday 18th May
Email Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application pack (note that CVs will not be considered)
Next week we are teaming up with the Volunteering Office at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union to raise awareness of homelessness, as part of their 4 weeks of action.
They are asking students to collect Pot Noodles. Why Pot Noodles? Because an individual who is sleeping rough can access hot water, from shops and services, and thus easily have a hot meal whilst on the streets. In the cold, wet, English winter (and during the summer) a hot meal can make a huge difference, and a pot noodle can make this happen.
So if you are a student donate a pot noodle or see if you can collect more. The record number of pot noodles collected at once has been over 600.
Sheffield Eagles can announce that the Cathedral Archer Project as the club’s chosen charity partner for 2018.
The project is a homeless day centre based at Sheffield Cathedral with the goal of helping people overcome homelessness and achieve stable accommodation and lifestyles.
The partnership between the Eagles and the Cathedral Archer Project is very strong, especially after a number of players and staff helped out at the charity in September.
Offering different services and activities to homeless people who come to the Cathedral, the Archer Project is very important and the Eagles are delighted to link up with the scheme once again.
Commercial Manager Mark Hannigan said:
“The opportunity to support this fantastic charity is one, as a club, we jumped at. We will be working with them to raise awareness of the work they do, as well as raising funds to support this work. Don’t be surprised to see some of our players getting involved in the events they are running”
Lynne Urpeth from the Cathedral Archer Project said:
“We are really excited about the partnership. The players and staff make an impact whenever they visit the project, giving time and encouragement to the people who use the centre. It also gives us an opportunity to talk about our work to a new audience. We hope this is a winning year for the Eagles and our work together.”
The Cathedral Archer Project (CAP) are really pleased to announce that Tech Systemz as their newest supporters.
Tech Systemz Limited is based in the Sheffield area and can deliver the right IT solution for any business. Priding themselves on having a responsive, flexible and personal approach with each and every one of their customers.
As well as joining their popular Breakfast Club which ensures approximately 60/70 homeless and vulnerable of Sheffield get a hearty breakfast each morning, Tech Systemz will also be providing IT support to Just Works.
Just Works, a Cathedral Archer Project initiative, uses a holistic approach to development through employment, support and healthy living. They develop health and wellbeing through a range of activity including regular counselling, yoga & sporting activities. Crucially, the innovative programme also incorporates a graduated exposure to work through paid supported employment. They deliver cleaning & gardening contracts and have in-house businesses including “Printed By Us” where they produce prints, t-shirts and mugs designed by local artists. Just Works accepts referrals from all support agencies in Sheffield.
Terry Murphy, Just Works Programme Manager said “Just Works is the final piece in the jigsaw of CAPs goal of supporting vulnerable adults in Sheffield from sleeping bag to employment and happy and fulfilling lives. We are moving towards a sustainable model with all of the surplus income generated from our service contracts and microbusinesses being reinvested back into the enterprise. Support in kind from organisations like Tech Systemz helps us get closer to achieving this goal.”
Tracy Viner, (CAP) Marketing and Development Manager added, “This is very exciting times for our partnership with Tech Systemz as they understand that for the people who use the project to achieve the chance of employment we need to support them through all stages of their journey and by providing breakfast at CAP and IT support to Just works they are doing just that.”