See what’s been happening at the Cathedral Archer Project.
This year is our second anniversary of Breakfast Club where businesses pay for a week of breakfasts at the project and then come in to serve it so they see first hand where their support is going.
We currently have 15 members who to date have donated a fantastic £19,034 to the project. This is the equivalent of over 4000 breakfasts- which is amazing! Thank you so much, you're making such a difference to the lives of people with very little.
Unify Business Solutions are the latest business to join.
For Eddie Bird and Adam Esposito, Joint Managing Directors of Unify Business Solutions, the charity was one close to their hearts.
"We were all very keen to help out the Archer Project. Our work in the prison system meant we saw first-hand the struggles that many people find on the street and how many people fall into a cycle of street life and crime. The Archer Project works with people to keep them off the streets, offering support, educational and volunteering opportunities. ”
If your business would like to join the club then please email Ruby for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 12th February we grabbed our warm things along with many of you across Sheffield. Local people, businesses and schools all joined together to make an extra special effort to raise awareness, as well as funds for those on the street during these cold months.
(Here’s a picture of our staff with Graham from Evolution Print)
From all of us here at the Cathedral Archer Project, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part. Donations are still coming in but it looks set to be a whopper of a day!
We spent the day around Sheffield visiting some of the people taking part in Wear a Woolly. We saw our friends at HR Media who all looked especially snuggly in their woollies! We also popped into ‘Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Adventure’, a fundraising event organised for us by some students from Sheffield Hallam. We were even able to nab Mr Willy Wonka himself for a picture!
(Ruby and Jade with Willy Wonka)
Online we were inundated with your ‘woolly selfies’ and our Twitter and Facebook was full of smiling faces all wrapped up in their woollies.
A massive thank you to everyone who took part and REMEMBER if you are looking for another challenge, you can still sign up to our Sleep Out on Friday 18th March. Email Tracy at email@example.com to receive a registration form.
Students from Sheffield Hallam Events Mangament course are hosting a fantastic 15 events for us over the next two months! Here is a list of all the events if you'd like to come along!
Murder Mystery Event- Saturday 20th February
True Yorkshire Race Night- Wednesday 24th February
A Night at the Musicals- Friday 26th February
Ladies Night- Friday 4th March 2016
Sip, Sip Hooray! - Thursday 10th March 2016
The Art of Living Fashion Show -Thursday 10th March
GUSTO Street Food Market- Saturday 12th March 2016
Changing Perceptions Event- Saturday 12th March
The Hunger Aims- Fast to Feed the Homeless- Wednesday 16th March
Chilli Nights- Wednesday 16th March
Easter Bonanza- Saturday 19th March
Battle of the bands- Friday 18th March
Clash of the Tribes- Friday 18th March
For more information on any of the above events please contact Jade on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lent begins on the 10th February and lasts for 40 days ending on the 24th March and we are challenging you to give up something and to donate the cost you would spend to help the homeless.
Can you give a luxury up this Lent and donate what you would spend to help homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield? How about giving up chocolate, wine or takeaways? The money you save and donate will make a huge difference to the people we work with who have very little.
Here are a few ideas you might like to try…
Your daily takeaway cuppa on the way into work?
Perhaps you could resist that weekend box of chocs or magazines?
However, if you aren’t sure you can live without your favourite food or drink, why not consider walking to work rather than driving or catching public transport?
Packing a lunch to work rather than nipping into town on your lunch break?
Swapping to an cheaper brand of tea or coffee?
These are just a few ideas but we would love to hear if you’re getting involved and what you’re giving up, so please let us know! Email Jade on email@example.com
Giving up something for 40 days is easier than sleeping on the streets for 40 days.
Give up and Help change a life
For many people January brings with it a new start with hopes and resolutions. We have things to look forward to and plan for. But for the homeless people who come through our doors it can often be a very different case.
Gary’s story is an example of a life which began with hopelessness and despair but with the project’s help is now one of hope and aspiration.
Gary came home from school aged 13 and his parents had left him. As a result he was in and out of care. A couple of years ago he tried to end his life but was brought to the project by police.
Since working with us and volunteering through our Partner Programme in the project and working closely with Sam our Outreach Worker he has entirely turned his life around and now has a job, accommodation and NVQ qualifications.
This is an example of how with time, care and patience and access to the support and facilities at the project Gary is now leading a happy life. Like us, he is starting to plan for the future.
If you’d like to read more about our services and what we do to help other people like Gary please visit this link: http://www.archerproject.org.uk/about.php
P.S. Gary says ‘If it wasn’t for you lot, I’d be on the streets, dead or locked up.