As 2020 draws to a close, we’d like to say a special thank you to all the partners we have worked with during this difficult year…

York has an excellent and well-established network of voluntary sector organisations, which provide specialist and specific support to marginalised groups of people.

Here at Peasholme Charity, we recognise the importance of delivering services in partnership with other local charities/community groups.

We are members of the York Multiple Complex Needs (MCN) Network – which is a collective of agencies across York working to achieve better outcomes for people living with multiple complex needs.

Ray and Ian have taken part in a six months training programme led by the MCN Network called ‘Systems Changers’ – which is a network of decision makers, commissioners, managers, project workers and people with lived experience – and they look at ways to work together to create a healthier system.

Ray and Ian make early morning street walks, checking for any new rough sleepers and directing them to the outreach team at the City of York Council and/or The Salvation Army for emergency accommodation.

They visit Carecent, St Saviourgate on a daily basis offering homeless prevention support to people at risk of homelessness.

During lockdown, Ray has also established links with local businesses like Pizza Hut and Mecca Bingo to deliver food parcels to people in need. He has worked alongside local homeless charities Besom and HOPING to deliver Christmas hampers to individuals and families across York.

Sarah, Community Advice worker, refers people ‘newly hungry’ to York Foodbank. Throughout the pandemic, she has also put people in touch with newly established community foodbanks, set up by community leaders to tackle food poverty at a local level.

Recently, Sarah applied for grant funding to cover the moving costs for a family fleeing domestic violence – she would signpost to IDAS and Victim Support to ensure people in similar high-risk situations have appropriate in-depth support.  

Sarah has referred people to Christians Against Poverty for assistance with debt, whilst Alison continues to support those people to set realistic budgets and manage their finances.

Alison has been helping people that have lost their jobs to apply for Universal Credit and other welfare benefits. Alison works closely with the Welfare Benefits Unit and the City of York Council to access emergency funding for people heading towards crisis.

Alison’s close working relationships with Kyra – women’s group, York Mind and the Local Area Coordinators continue to go from strength to strength.

“ We’re proud to have worked alongside so many like-minded organisations during this difficult year – in a collective effort to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable people in York. 

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners and say we miss you. We’re looking forward to community drop-ins starting up again soon and seeing you all in person.” said Yvonne, Charity Manager

If you or anyone you support needs advice relating to housing, debt or accessing food please email info@peasholmecharity.org.uk