The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homelessness at a local level and to celebrate and support local good works…so today is a pretty good day to share our first blog.

The Rebrand.

We have rebranded as, quite simply, we wanted to update the image of the charity. Who we are and what we do remains very much the same.

‘We work with disadvantaged and socially excluded people, in particular those that are homeless or at immediate risk of losing their home’.

We’ve consciously chosen to use photography on our website that showcases York rather than people. We were established here in 1988. We have a strong reputation as a homeless charity in York and it’s a reputation to be proud of – and a city to be proud of too.

We do not want to feature the people we support in our work because that support is confidential and we strongly believe it should remain so to give people the chance to move forward. We also want to move away from stereotypical images of rough sleepers in shop doorways as we believe they are not always a true representation of what homelessness looks like.

 “Homelessness isn’t just rough sleeping in shop doorways – it’s unsafe/ dangerous housing, temporary housing, sofa surfing, hostels, staying with friends…as well as sleeping on the streets. Homelessness really can happen to anyone” says Yvonne Morrissey, Charity Manager.

Who are we?

The Peasholme Charity has moved on so much from its hostel days. We’ve worked tirelessly for 3 years to become an independent charity and we’ve made remarkable progress.

We are a separate entity from our namesake ‘The Peasholme Centre’ – which is the resettlement centre on Fishergate.

We are a small, dedicated team with a big ambition: To end homelessness in York by ensuring everybody gets the right help, at the right time.

What we achieved in 2019/20

Next Steps – Housing Link Worker supported 12 people on a 1-2-1 basis to get them off the streets and into secure housing. Three people were saved from losing their homes.

Community Advice Service attended 94 foodbank sessions, providing information and advice to prevent the escalation of crisis. 104 local people were helped. 

My Money, My Life – Financial Capability Coach helped 166 individuals/families with problems relating to the threat of homelessness, understanding welfare benefits and managing debt.

You can visit our Projects page for more information about our services.

This year so far…

In late March, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we made the decision to temporarily close our offices at 25 Micklegate. We continue to deliver our services remotely which has worked brilliantly so far…

During lockdown Next Steps made regular food deliveries to rough sleepers staying in city centre hotels. 410 meals, donated by Pizza Hut, were delivered.

A crisis helpline was launched to provide information and advice in relation to food poverty, welfare benefits and housing.

We used grant money from Tesco and Two Ridings Community Foundation to help people pay utility bills, people that had been pulled in to poverty due to job losses or a reduced income. We topped up mobile phones to keep people connected and reduce social isolation in unprecedented times. We also provided wellbeing packs to rough sleepers which included toiletries, hand sanitiser and soap for regular handwashing.

What can you do to help?

You can make a donation here to help us to continue supporting homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in York. We rely on grant funding and donations from the public to do what we do. We really appreciate you taking the time on World Homeless Day to read about our work.

Thank you for your support.