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Donate With the number of homeless people increasing in Bristol, your donations are appreciated now more than ever. They help provide hot meals, shelter, love and hope to our city’s most destitute. To find out more about donating visit our website or contact us on 0117 405 7113 or sarah.luckwell@inhope.uk.

Fundraise If you’d like to raise money for homeless people in Bristol then we’d love to work with you. Whether you’re thinking about hosting an event or taking part in a challenge, visit our website to find out more about fundraising with us.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Social media can be a powerful tool for good. You can share our posts with your friends and family to raise awareness and get them enthusiastic about a cause you believe in. We regularly post about practical needs (clothes etc) and appeals, as well as sharing snippets of stories of the impact your giving is making to people’s lives. facebook.com/inHopeBristol @inHopeBristol Sign up for our monthly email newsletter at crisis-centre.org.uk

Spring of Hope: Jayne’s story

From chaos to peace; from near death and no hope, to new life and now “loads of hope!”

inHope.

The journey to our new name

Winter 2019


Contents 1. News in brief

12. Fundraising

2. inHope.

13. Practical donations

4. Spring of Hope: Jayne’s story

14. Finance

8. Christmas appeal

15. Sprucing the Goose update

10. Sleep Out

16. Upcoming events

Editorial Now that the evenings are darker, the days are colder, and we’re approaching Christmas and winter proper, people’s thoughts are drawn to those who are less fortunate than themselves. Isaiah the prophet’s words are a rather poignant reminder to us all, ‘Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around

you will be as bright as noon.’ On page 13, you are given the opportunity to shine your light by donating practical gifts that will be a real blessing to those we serve all year round.

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■ Calls to the Modern Slavery Helpline, based in Bristol, demonstrate significant links between homelessness and modern slavery, with 7% of all modern slavery in the UK reported involving homelessness. 1

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■ Last year, an estimated 726 homeless people died in England and Wales. The areas with the highest numbers of estimated deaths were Birmingham (23), Newcastle (20), Manchester (19), Bristol (17) and Liverpool (16). 2

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■ Research shows that in areas where Universal Credit (UC) has been rolled out for at least a year, Foodbanks in their network have seen a 30% increase in demand. UC was rolled out in Bristol in June 2018. 3

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I had the enormous privilege of interviewing Jayne and hearing her amazing story of a life completely transformed by God and the work of Spring of Hope. If you or someone you know is in need of hope today, read her story and pass it on. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lives that have been helped, which can only happen because of you: your volunteering, your donations, and your prayer support. Thank you!

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About us We are a Christian charity that has been working in Bristol for 35 years. We are there for those who need us most; those who are the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. As well as alleviating people’s emergency crises, our aim is to help people achieve healthy and independent lives. We offer food, shelter, hope and support through our four projects: The Wild Goose Drop-in Centre, Spring of Hope Women’s Night Shelter, Life Recovery and East Bristol Foodbank.

Why your support is so important

A monthly e-newsletter and specific emails relevant to my interests

Unseen, 2019 Shelter, 2019: Shelter shocked by increase in homeless deaths Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2019: Response to Trussell Trust Report on Universal Credit Shelter, 2017: Housing and Mental Health

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Quarterly news magazine and occasional letters relevant to my interests.

Please note that should we have a specific query regarding your donation, gift aid status or volunteering we reserve the right to be able to contact you, even if you do not elect to receive any of the above communications. Data protection: inHope. will not share your information with any third party except the HM Revenue & Customs if applicable. To find out how we use your personal information, please read our policy on our website www.crisis-centre.org.uk/data-protection-policy

Please complete and return this form to: FREEPOST RSTX-XTYH-CJCA, inHope. 32 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0QY


News in brief Harvest a-plenty!

Steve would love to meet you!

We were inundated, in a good way, by your harvest food donations this Autumn. Whether it was giant marrows, pumpkins, tinned food or coffee, it was all gratefully received and The Wild Goose and East Bristol Foodbank teams give you a hearty thank you!

Steve Baker, our Development and Relationships Manager, has been busily meeting people in different churches, businesses and agencies across Bristol and the surrounding areas, to find out how we can help each other tackle homelessness and its associated issues. Please get in touch if you’d like Steve to come and speak with you: steve.baker@inhope.uk.

Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter Churches from across Bristol are opening their doors again in January for the fourth year running. These shelters are invaluable in the winter months to help bridge the resource gap in the shelters that are open all year round. Contact Amanda (BCWNS Coordinator) for more details: bristolchurcheswintershelter@gmail.com. 1


CCM to inHope

transition

In October, Crisis Centre Ministries’ Trustees and Members voted overwhelmingly to change the charity’s name to inHope. This marked the end of a two year journey of prayer, consultation and reflection as we developed an understanding of what made our charity unique. But it also heralded the start of an exciting adventure as we develop new ways to share God’s hope in Bristol. The name inHope reflects the aims of our Development Plan, with its focus upon encouraging spiritual engagement, enabling employment and increasing access to housing – all aims that emphasise hope beyond the crisis. The change of name is an outward representation of an inward change that has already occurred, and which is present in all four projects. Food and shelter remain a crucial part of the work that we do together. But those who come to us want and need us to offer a broader and deeper range of services and opportunities for their restoration. Those who use each project find hope in different ways, from the visitor to the East Bristol Foodbank who can get emergency food AND support with managing their money, to the woman who stays at Spring of Hope who can find somewhere safe to stay AND is able to move into long term accommodation. From the person who gets a meal in the Wild Goose AND someone to pray with them, to someone attending the Life Course AND believing in themselves for the first time in years. inHope reflects this vision to everyone who is involved

with the ministry – to volunteers, partners, supporters, churches, businesses and most importantly, to those who use our projects every day. Now that the exciting transformation has begun, you will notice some changes over the next few months. New logos were presented at the AGM and by the start of January you will notice a new website and changes to email addresses, social media accounts and our publications. Changes to buildings and the delivery van will follow, and there will be a service of thanks and rededication at the end of January. Date, time and venue will be announced once arrangements have been finalised. Amidst the transformation, inHope will retain the ethos that has lasted for 35 years, meeting people at their point of crisis. inHope will remain reliant on the huge number of wonderful supporters, churches and volunteers who together make such an enormous contribution to help transform people’s lives, offering hope and a future.

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*Jayne’s story Only a year ago, Jayne was street homeless and sofa surfing; a chronic alcoholic and drug user, who sold herself for sex to pay for alcohol. She was near the end and without hope. But then she found Spring of Hope. The difference that Spring of Hope and a new found faith in God have made to her life is nothing short of a miracle! Read this amazing story in Jayne’s own words. Early Years

Becoming a Mum

“I came from a big family; four older brothers and a younger sister. I was born in Scotland but moved to England when I was young. I grew up in a normal household. Everyone worked. That was the family conscience; a working class family. Mum was a ward clerk, Dad was a miner and my brothers worked in the pits. We weren’t bad off.

I had a long term relationship when I was about 19, with the Father of my first son, who I had at 21. Mum and Dad knew there was something wrong with my behaviour and so I stayed at their house with my son. The deal was that I went to work and my parents would pick up my son from nursery. But this was a free ticket for me to go out because I had free babysitters, so I didn’t leave home until I was 32.

Alcohol was in the house and whiskey was seen as medicine and a remedy to a lot of things. I reckon I had my first drink when I was 13. I was violently sick, but I got this freedom from drink; it was confidence. When I was about 16, my Mum pulled me aside. She asked me what was up with me because I was sneaking out and drinking down the park. From 16 to 18, I kept sneaking into nightclubs and drinking. I had many boyfriends and I was doing all the things you shouldn’t be doing.

A turn for the worse Then I met a guy and settled down with him but this guy was different. This guy was not very nice. All my friends told me about him but I stuck with him. He did a lot of drugs and there was a lot of drink coming into the house. I had my second son with him. 5


I didn’t think I was an alcoholic but the drinking increased. My partner would work a lot and I was left at home with the baby. I started secret drinking. Then I found out I was pregnant again and I had my daughter. Within two years of having my daughter my Father died, which had a massive effect on me. My drinking just span out of control. I completely lost the plot. I’m not blaming my Dad for that; I was uncontrollable. My family disintegrated. Me and my partner split up. He went to his parent’s and not long after the kids followed because I couldn’t cope. I couldn’t look after myself let alone them. I had to give up the family home and then I just went wondering around this country for years.

Last year was my rock bottom. I lost it in a bedsit in Easton. It was vile. It was filthy. It was squalid. I was doing low end prostitution for drink; that’s how desperate it had become. The landlord evicted me because my benefits changed to universal credit but there was a delay and then bang, I was street homeless.

Light in the darkness I was out on the streets during the day. It was so cold; I’ll never forget it. I was too old and I knew I was at my end. Someone mentioned Spring of Hope to me. So I started staying at the ‘The Spring’ as well as sofa surfing. Val (Spring of Hope Manager) told me that “the council have a duty of care with you,” but I was that messed up, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was drinking very heavily. A bottle of whiskey a day. Eventually, I started using Spring of Hope every day. Something clicked with me there. I kept coming back and coming back. I just found it safe to stay; welcome, clean, and a warm place to be. And they were really supportive to me; Val and Trudy and everyone. They were just great with me from the start. I felt a connection there. I stayed there and got a referral to ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency), and got into a prep house.

Rock bottom in Bristol I ended up in Bristol. Drugs 24/7, drink 24/7, everything was available and I did it. I tried recovery a couple of times with various agencies but it didn’t work for me. I met a guy in a hostel and we had a relationship. We were both alcoholics. I lost him 4 and half years ago now. He committed suicide because of the drinking and depression, but I still didn’t stop drinking and I started to use crack as well. Alcohol was my gateway to crack. If alcohol had stopped working for me I’d go find a crack house. It was the alcohol first and then the crack, just to get me that little bit higher. There was a bit of heroin use as well but I never liked it. I was sick every time. My body was breaking down quickly. I was about 50 then. I’m 55 now. From being a Mum, I was out in the madness for 10 years.

A miracle from God My life’s completely changed now. When I’d lost my partner years before, I’d gone into a church to pray. One day, I remember walking past that church again and I said to God, ‘God,

“Something clicked with me there. I kept coming back and coming back. I just found it safe to stay; welcome, clean, and a warm place to be.” 10 6


been a long time ago if it wasn’t for the drink and the drugs that took me away from life. But you know, live is different now. I have loads of hope because I think, ‘where am I gonna be in another year?!’ It’s exciting!

I’m not ready to come in there yet, it’s not my time’ and he said, ‘oh yes you are, it’s time now. You are ready to come in and you are getting your life back!’ I’m getting emotional because I’ve been given a second chance. It’s a miracle. I didn’t even have to go through detox because of God. I was the first one at the door of the doctors for detox but for three days solid I had a spiritual awakening and on the third day after being in the prep house, God took all the power of addiction away from me. I just fell on my knees and begged for his help and that was it, DONE! You’ve got to remember I was a chronic alcoholic. I didn’t have a tablet, I didn’t have anything. I just had the power of God and that’s the truth. From that day forward I stuck with it, went to AA meetings regularly and gave up the drink. I can look back and say it was the biggest turning point in my life ever!

I live in a beautiful shared house. It’s not my forever home but it’s a stepping stone to where I want to be. My cupboards are never empty. Just to be warm, housed, to have a job, and have some sanity in my life; that’s enough for me at the moment. God has given me choice that I never thought I’d have in my life again with regards to where I live, what I do, everything. Sometimes it’s just that little bit of hope. Hope is the biggest thing. Obviously, I want to rebuild my family connections but there’s been a lot of damage done over the years, so that’s going to be tough but it’s all in God’s timing. I get a bit angry with God sometimes because he’s always 4–6 weeks behind me! But he gives me what I need, not what I want and that’s a learning curve for me.

Finding safety and belonging in church community

I have to maintain my recovery by looking after myself and going to recovery groups regularly. Recovery isn’t for free; you have to work at it.

I go to church every Sunday and I got baptised earlier this year. I pray to the Lord Jesus every night and he’s surrounded me with nothing but love. People in the church have been really kind and gracious to me, especially the vicar and his wife, and the curate. I’ve been really supported. Anything they can do to help me, they have done it, no questions asked. They’ve not judged me and I feel safe there. I couldn’t do without my faith and church. Church isn’t just a place for me, it’s the people. I love the people there and I now have some very dear friends for life, who have been my guiding stars (they know who they are).

Jayne’s final word goes to Spring of Hope They help so many women and just don’t realise it. Sometimes I think it goes under the radar a bit too much. They are the first port of call for desperate women in the city. And women from all walks of life not just street homeless; it could be mental health, religion, FGM, it could be anything. Things that go on in the city are heart breaking and sometimes I think I got off lightly.” *name changed for anonymity.

New beginnings I’m working in the NHS now. I was street homeless only a year ago! This can only be the Lord. So many things have happened to me that you just couldn’t explain. I sit here now and I think, ‘I haven’t had one reference for this job.’ At work I wonder, ‘how have I ended up here?!’ They don’t know I’m in recovery and I think ‘if only you knew!’ Honestly, it’s just unthinkable. By the grace of God, he’s put me where he wants me to be; where I should have 7


You can give a woman in Bristol shelter and support.

Christmas Appeal Ways you can donate to this appeal.

As the only women-only shelter in Bristol, Spring of Hope is open all year round and will welcome women in for a safe, clean and warm place to stay over Christmas. Women will be greeted at Spring of Hope with a loving smile, having found a place where they can breathe a sigh of relief, drop their shoulders and get the rest they need to face the next day.

Online: https://justgiving.com/campaign/ springofhopechristmas BACs: 01408518, 40–14–13, HSBC, 62 George White Street, Bristol, BS1 3BA (payment reference – SOH Christmas). Cheque/cash: make cheque payable to Crisis Centre Limited (mark on back or on envelope – SOH Christmas).

As you might imagine Christmas can be a very hard and distressing time for women without a home, as they may have lost touch with their children and families. Spring of Hope will be there for them during the Christmas week, just as they are consistently for the other 51 weeks of the year.

Phone: Call 0117 405 7113 and ask for Sarah who can take card donations over the phone.

It costs us £41 per woman per night to provide a bed, food, a shower, clothes and the vital support that is offered the next morning. In 2020, we want to increase the amount of support that is available during the day, including drop-ins, peer groups and opportunities to encounter God. We can only do this with your support. 8


You can give a message of hope.

to take photos of the display and some of the messages, which will then be shared on our social media channels and website!

If you received this Streetwise in the post, you will have also received a blank Christmas card and a freepost stamped addressed envelope. Despite Christmas being a difficult time for the women at Spring of Hope, we would love to be able to fill the shelter to bursting with hundreds of bright, joyful and truthful cards, with a message of hope inside from you. It couldn’t be easier; fill in the card, pop it in the freepost envelope and then into the post box. These cards will mean the world to the women, just to know that someone is thinking of them at this time, and you will be bringing the true meaning of Christmas into their lives. We’ll make sure

Amy’s social enterprise. One of our supporters Amy has designed a collection of greetings cards as part of her social enterprise pilot, sponsored by a grant from University of Durham. The cards are based on the activities of each project and Amy has been selling them at various markets across Bristol to raise money for Spring of Hope. They’re £5 each. Please get in touch with us if you would like to order some.

‘These cards will mean the world to the women, just to know that someone is thinking of them at this time, and you will be bringing the true meaning of Christmas into their lives.’ Knitters have been beavering away! Thank you to everyone who heeded our call for knitters and created some amazing reindeers, Christmas puds, elves, tinsel hedgehogs and even Pokeballs (Pokemon fans will know what I’m talking about!). They were filled with chocolate oranges and Lindt balls that were kindly donated by local law firm, Burges Salmon LLP. We had a stall at the Christ Church Downend Christmas Fair on Saturday 23rd November, where these stocking fillers went down a treat! All proceeds will be going to Spring of Hope. Don’t worry if you missed our November deadline! You can still make them and sell them at your own Christmas fayres to raise money for Spring of Hope. 9


Sleep Out

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On a very wet and stormy night in October, sixteen inHope supporters spent the night outside in central Bristol, not only to fundraise for us but to experience in a limited way what it’s like not to have a home of your own. They raised over £5,000, which will go to our work of providing food, shelter, hope and support to homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol. A huge well done and thank you! Here’s what some of them had to say afterwards:

“I had a great time! It was so eye-opening and I would encourage everyone to try it. I really felt like I could empathise with the hardship that real people go through.” Noa

“To anyone considering joining the Sleep Out next year, I’d say do it. I was blown away by the amount of support shown by my family, friends and colleagues. I nearly doubled my fundraising goal. More importantly, though, I’ve had numerous conversations about the importance of inHope’s work and the impact the charity is making in Bristol.” Niki

“I have to say I got a lot out of the Sleep Out and was pleased to raise funds for you guys.” Mike

“The most powerful thing for me was going home for a hot shower and a nap in my own bed, realising that people who actually live on the streets don’t have that luxury.” Steve

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Fundraising

Sometimes it’s not possible for people to volunteer in the projects for various reasons, but that doesn’t stop supporters getting informed and involved in other ways, such as fundraising. In this coming season of carol concerts, parties, non-uniform days etc, perhaps you could use your events to raise funds and awareness. If you’re interested in fundraising for us please get in touch, so that we can provide resources to help you!

inHope supporters have been using their skills and talents to help raise funds and awareness of our work – a big thank you to you all! From running, to singing, from clarinet playing, to card-making, you have been busy bees. Here are some of them in action! 12


Practical items Throughout the year, but especially during the winter months, we are grateful to our supporters for donating practical items that are a lifeline to our clients. We understand that you want your donations to be 100% useful, so we have compiled a list of items that we are able to receive and distribute.

Men’s and women’s socks (new)

Men’s and women’s thermal tops and long johns (new and all sizes)

Men’s boxers – small, medium and large (new)

Women’s underwear – sizes 8–14 (new)

Men’s jeans and tracksuit bottoms – small and medium (waist 26”–34”)

Women’s jeans and trousers (sizes 12 and under)

Men’s jumpers – small and medium

Men’s gloves – medium and large

Women’s pyjamas and nighties (sizes 12 and under)

Men’s and women’s deodorants (new)

Sleeping bags

Thermos flasks

Donations can be dropped off at Carpenter House, 32 Stapleton Road, Bristol, BS5 0QY, Monday–Friday, between 8am–10am/3pm–5pm. 13


Financial Summary

Year to date, 6 months.

Actual Income: £464,846 Actual expenditure: £303,732 Net Surplus/Deficit* £161,114

Income Source

Businesses & Organisations – £18,110 Churches – £56,916 Individuals – £162,354 Trusts & Foundations – £151,356 Legacies – £62,687 Other income – £13,423

Expenditure Wild Goose Drop-in – £40,171 LIFE Recovery – £62,442 Spring of Hope – £55,545 East Bristol Foodbank – £98,292 Fundraising – £47,282

*Note – of the £161,114 surplus, £96,927 is committed to the refurbishment of the Wild Goose, and will be spent when the refurbishment takes place.

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Sprucing the Goose: Spring 2020 In the New Year, not only will our new name inHope be fully operational, but we’ll be preparing for the next big re-development. Throughout 2019, you have fundraised, donated and prayed for the redevelopment of The Wild Goose, and the target of £150,000 for the work to be done was achieved! Unfortunately, we reached the point where we simply couldn’t start the work this year, and have it completed before the cold and wet weather set in. We have been using the time well to prepare for 2020 and have met with contractors, agreed a schedule of works and have been busy putting plans in place. Our aim is to commence work in the spring, once the worst of the bad weather is over, so watch this space for further announcements. A massive thank you, once again to everybody who has donated and fundraised, to make this work possible. All money raised for sprucing the Goose has been restricted for that purpose, and will be put to good use in 2020!

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Upcoming events Women’s Breakfast All women are invited to come along to enjoy female Christian fellowship, a full cooked breakfast for £5.50 per person (vegetarian option available) and to share inspirational stories. Date: Saturday 7th December Time: 9:30am–12:00pm Venue: The Wild Goose Drop-in Centre, 32 Stapleton Road, BS5 0QY Please RSVP to val.thompson@inhope.uk / 0117 405 7121

SUPPORTING RECOVERY – GROWING FAITH | 2020

Addiction & Recovery Training 2020 A 6-part training series that equips churches and pastoral care workers with a better understanding of how to support people struggling with addiction.

Session 1: ‘Addiction and the brain’ by Dr Fergus Law, Consultant Psychiatrist Date: Saturday 11th January Time: 9:30am–12:30pm

Understanding Addiction & Supporting Recovery in the Church Saturday Morning Training Seminars 11.01.2020

Addiction & the Brain

Dr. Fergus Law, Consultant Psychiatrist

14.03.2020

Relapse & Recovery

Ant Newman, Recovery Life Skills Tutor

16.05.2020

Trauma & Attachment

Giles Lascelle, UKCP Psychotherapist

04.07.2020

Mental Health

P-J Charters, CBT Therapist

12.09.2020

The 12 Step Programme

Lydia Davenport, Drug & Alcohol Counsellor

24.10.2020

From Homelessness to Independent Living

Richard Sayer, Salvation Army Hostel Manager

VENUE: RESOUND, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol, S. Gloucestershire BS16 9BP (Free car park and on street parking)

Venue: RESOUND, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol, BS16 0BP To book your place on this session (and all sessions), please visit: https://www.cognitoforms.com/LRG4/ LifeRecoveryGroupTrainingSessions2020

Vision for the Vulnerable An evening to pray for four charities who are working with vulnerable women in Bristol: Beloved, One25, Spring of Hope and Unseen. We gather together for an update, to pray for the vital work and a time of worship. All are welcome. Date: Tuesday 21st January Time: 7:00pm–9:15pm Venue: St. Pauls Church, Southville, BS3 1DG 16

TIME: 9.30– 12.30 pm. Doors open 9am Suggested donation £8 per session or £40 for all six sessions. Refreshments provided. To book your place and for more information about these sessions and the trainers please go to: crisis-centre.org.uk/life-recovery-training or call 0117 405 7115

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Contents 1. News in brief

12. Fundraising

2. inHope.

13. Practical donations

4. Spring of Hope: Jayne’s story

14. Finance

8. Christmas appeal

15. Sprucing the Goose update

10. Sleep Out

16. Upcoming events

Editorial Now that the evenings are darker, the days are colder, and we’re approaching Christmas and winter proper, people’s thoughts are drawn to those who are less fortunate than themselves. Isaiah the prophet’s words are a rather poignant reminder to us all, ‘Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around

you will be as bright as noon.’ On page 13, you are given the opportunity to shine your light by donating practical gifts that will be a real blessing to those we serve all year round.

inHope’s mailing list sign up

■ Calls to the Modern Slavery Helpline, based in Bristol, demonstrate significant links between homelessness and modern slavery, with 7% of all modern slavery in the UK reported involving homelessness. 1

Title:

■ Last year, an estimated 726 homeless people died in England and Wales. The areas with the highest numbers of estimated deaths were Birmingham (23), Newcastle (20), Manchester (19), Bristol (17) and Liverpool (16). 2

First Name:

■ Research shows that in areas where Universal Credit (UC) has been rolled out for at least a year, Foodbanks in their network have seen a 30% increase in demand. UC was rolled out in Bristol in June 2018. 3

Address:

■ Adults in the South West who have mental health problems due to housing pressures 4 : Anxiety

I had the enormous privilege of interviewing Jayne and hearing her amazing story of a life completely transformed by God and the work of Spring of Hope. If you or someone you know is in need of hope today, read her story and pass it on. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lives that have been helped, which can only happen because of you: your volunteering, your donations, and your prayer support. Thank you!

Panic attack

admin@inhope.uk www.inhope.uk (visit www.crisis-centre.org.uk until January 1st 2020) Company No. 2214814 Registered Charity No. 298528 *cover image taken from My Time women’s support group.

Postcode: Tel/Mobile:

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48%

I wish to receive the following communications (please select all those that apply):

27%

By email

Percentage of all adults in the South West who have had a housing problem in their lifetime, who said it contributed to mental health issues. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Contact us 32 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0QY T. 0117 330 1230

62%

Sleeping problems

Church:

43%

Stress

Surname:

Email:

56%

Depression

Sarah Luckwell Editor

About us We are a Christian charity that has been working in Bristol for 35 years. We are there for those who need us most; those who are the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. As well as alleviating people’s emergency crises, our aim is to help people achieve healthy and independent lives. We offer food, shelter, hope and support through our four projects: The Wild Goose Drop-in Centre, Spring of Hope Women’s Night Shelter, Life Recovery and East Bristol Foodbank.

Why your support is so important

A monthly e-newsletter and specific emails relevant to my interests

Unseen, 2019 Shelter, 2019: Shelter shocked by increase in homeless deaths Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2019: Response to Trussell Trust Report on Universal Credit Shelter, 2017: Housing and Mental Health

A monthly prayer e-newsletter

As homelessness increases, your help becomes even more important.

£8

could help provide a homeless person with a hot meal, emergency supplies and support work.

£17

could help provide a vulnerable woman with a clean, warm bed in a safe environment. 17

£30

could help support someone towards employment and independent living.

By post

Quarterly news magazine and occasional letters relevant to my interests. By phone/text message

Quarterly news magazine and occasional letters relevant to my interests.

Please note that should we have a specific query regarding your donation, gift aid status or volunteering we reserve the right to be able to contact you, even if you do not elect to receive any of the above communications. Data protection: inHope. will not share your information with any third party except the HM Revenue & Customs if applicable. To find out how we use your personal information, please read our policy on our website www.crisis-centre.org.uk/data-protection-policy

Please complete and return this form to: FREEPOST RSTX-XTYH-CJCA, inHope. 32 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0QY


Contents 1. News in brief

12. Fundraising

2. inHope.

13. Practical donations

4. Spring of Hope: Jayne’s story

14. Finance

8. Christmas appeal

15. Sprucing the Goose update

10. Sleep Out

16. Upcoming events

Editorial Now that the evenings are darker, the days are colder, and we’re approaching Christmas and winter proper, people’s thoughts are drawn to those who are less fortunate than themselves. Isaiah the prophet’s words are a rather poignant reminder to us all, ‘Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around

you will be as bright as noon.’ On page 13, you are given the opportunity to shine your light by donating practical gifts that will be a real blessing to those we serve all year round.

inHope’s mailing list sign up

■ Calls to the Modern Slavery Helpline, based in Bristol, demonstrate significant links between homelessness and modern slavery, with 7% of all modern slavery in the UK reported involving homelessness. 1

Title:

■ Last year, an estimated 726 homeless people died in England and Wales. The areas with the highest numbers of estimated deaths were Birmingham (23), Newcastle (20), Manchester (19), Bristol (17) and Liverpool (16). 2

First Name:

■ Research shows that in areas where Universal Credit (UC) has been rolled out for at least a year, Foodbanks in their network have seen a 30% increase in demand. UC was rolled out in Bristol in June 2018. 3

Address:

■ Adults in the South West who have mental health problems due to housing pressures 4 : Anxiety

I had the enormous privilege of interviewing Jayne and hearing her amazing story of a life completely transformed by God and the work of Spring of Hope. If you or someone you know is in need of hope today, read her story and pass it on. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lives that have been helped, which can only happen because of you: your volunteering, your donations, and your prayer support. Thank you!

Panic attack

admin@inhope.uk www.inhope.uk (visit www.crisis-centre.org.uk until January 1st 2020) Company No. 2214814 Registered Charity No. 298528 *cover image taken from My Time women’s support group.

Postcode: Tel/Mobile:

Communications Options

48%

I wish to receive the following communications (please select all those that apply):

27%

By email

Percentage of all adults in the South West who have had a housing problem in their lifetime, who said it contributed to mental health issues. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Contact us 32 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0QY T. 0117 330 1230

62%

Sleeping problems

Church:

43%

Stress

Surname:

Email:

56%

Depression

Sarah Luckwell Editor

About us We are a Christian charity that has been working in Bristol for 35 years. We are there for those who need us most; those who are the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. As well as alleviating people’s emergency crises, our aim is to help people achieve healthy and independent lives. We offer food, shelter, hope and support through our four projects: The Wild Goose Drop-in Centre, Spring of Hope Women’s Night Shelter, Life Recovery and East Bristol Foodbank.

Why your support is so important

A monthly e-newsletter and specific emails relevant to my interests

Unseen, 2019 Shelter, 2019: Shelter shocked by increase in homeless deaths Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2019: Response to Trussell Trust Report on Universal Credit Shelter, 2017: Housing and Mental Health

A monthly prayer e-newsletter

As homelessness increases, your help becomes even more important.

£8

could help provide a homeless person with a hot meal, emergency supplies and support work.

£17

could help provide a vulnerable woman with a clean, warm bed in a safe environment. 17

£30

could help support someone towards employment and independent living.

By post

Quarterly news magazine and occasional letters relevant to my interests. By phone/text message

Quarterly news magazine and occasional letters relevant to my interests.

Please note that should we have a specific query regarding your donation, gift aid status or volunteering we reserve the right to be able to contact you, even if you do not elect to receive any of the above communications. Data protection: inHope. will not share your information with any third party except the HM Revenue & Customs if applicable. To find out how we use your personal information, please read our policy on our website www.crisis-centre.org.uk/data-protection-policy

Please complete and return this form to: FREEPOST RSTX-XTYH-CJCA, inHope. 32 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol BS5 0QY


StreetWise

Get Involved

I’d like to help homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol (You can also donate online at crisis-centre.org.uk.)

I would like to donate: £8 As a one-off

OR every month

£17

£30

starting from

(dd/mm/yy) until further notice

Name(s) of Account Holder(s)

Nome of Bank/Building Society

Full address of Bank/Building Society

Postcode

Account No.

Sort Code

Signature

Date

Instructions to your Bank/Building Society: Please pay this sum to Crisis Centre Limited, a/c number 01408518 sort code 40-14-13 HSBC, 62 George White Street, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BA.

And your gift will mean 25% more! For every £1 you donate, Gift Aid allows us to claim an additional 25p from HMRC. Please treat as Gift Aid donations all qualifying gifts made: in the past four years/today/in the future* I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HMRC to adjust your tax code.

If you’d like to give your time to serving vulnerable and marginalised people, you can volunteer at one of our projects. There are a range of volunteer roles available across the organisation suitable for differing gifts and availabilities. Contact Steve Smith, our Volunteer Coordinator, if you’d like to find out more: steve.smith@inhope.uk or 0117 405 7112

Pray As a Christian charity, prayer is integral to all that we do. If you’d like to join the group of volunteers that pray regularly for the work that we do and the people who we work with, you can sign up for our prayer email newsletter via our website.

Full Name (Title) Address

Postcode

Data protection: Crisis Centre Ministries will not share your information with any third party except HMRC if applicable. To find out how we use your personal information, please read our policy at crisis-centre.org.uk/data-protection-policy

Please return this form to: FREEPOST RSTX-XTYH-CJCA, Crisis Centre Ministries, 32 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0QY

Thank you for your support Winter 2019/2020

The magazine for supporters of

Volunteer

other £

Donate With the number of homeless people increasing in Bristol, your donations are appreciated now more than ever. They help provide hot meals, shelter, love and hope to our city’s most destitute. To find out more about donating visit our website or contact us on 0117 405 7113 or sarah.luckwell@inhope.uk.

Fundraise If you’d like to raise money for homeless people in Bristol then we’d love to work with you. Whether you’re thinking about hosting an event or taking part in a challenge, visit our website to find out more about fundraising with us.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Social media can be a powerful tool for good. You can share our posts with your friends and family to raise awareness and get them enthusiastic about a cause you believe in. We regularly post about practical needs (clothes etc) and appeals, as well as sharing snippets of stories of the impact your giving is making to people’s lives. facebook.com/inHopeBristol @inHopeBristol Sign up for our monthly email newsletter at crisis-centre.org.uk

Spring of Hope: Jayne’s story

From chaos to peace; from near death and no hope, to new life and now “loads of hope!”

inHope.

The journey to our new name

Winter 2019


StreetWise

Get Involved

I’d like to help homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol (You can also donate online at crisis-centre.org.uk.)

I would like to donate: £8 As a one-off

OR every month

£17

£30

starting from

(dd/mm/yy) until further notice

Name(s) of Account Holder(s)

Nome of Bank/Building Society

Full address of Bank/Building Society

Postcode

Account No.

Sort Code

Signature

Date

Instructions to your Bank/Building Society: Please pay this sum to Crisis Centre Limited, a/c number 01408518 sort code 40-14-13 HSBC, 62 George White Street, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BA.

And your gift will mean 25% more! For every £1 you donate, Gift Aid allows us to claim an additional 25p from HMRC. Please treat as Gift Aid donations all qualifying gifts made: in the past four years/today/in the future* I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HMRC to adjust your tax code.

If you’d like to give your time to serving vulnerable and marginalised people, you can volunteer at one of our projects. There are a range of volunteer roles available across the organisation suitable for differing gifts and availabilities. Contact Steve Smith, our Volunteer Coordinator, if you’d like to find out more: steve.smith@inhope.uk or 0117 405 7112

Pray As a Christian charity, prayer is integral to all that we do. If you’d like to join the group of volunteers that pray regularly for the work that we do and the people who we work with, you can sign up for our prayer email newsletter via our website.

Full Name (Title) Address

Postcode

Data protection: Crisis Centre Ministries will not share your information with any third party except HMRC if applicable. To find out how we use your personal information, please read our policy at crisis-centre.org.uk/data-protection-policy

Please return this form to: FREEPOST RSTX-XTYH-CJCA, Crisis Centre Ministries, 32 Stapleton Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0QY

Thank you for your support Winter 2019/2020

The magazine for supporters of

Volunteer

other £

Donate With the number of homeless people increasing in Bristol, your donations are appreciated now more than ever. They help provide hot meals, shelter, love and hope to our city’s most destitute. To find out more about donating visit our website or contact us on 0117 405 7113 or sarah.luckwell@inhope.uk.

Fundraise If you’d like to raise money for homeless people in Bristol then we’d love to work with you. Whether you’re thinking about hosting an event or taking part in a challenge, visit our website to find out more about fundraising with us.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Social media can be a powerful tool for good. You can share our posts with your friends and family to raise awareness and get them enthusiastic about a cause you believe in. We regularly post about practical needs (clothes etc) and appeals, as well as sharing snippets of stories of the impact your giving is making to people’s lives. facebook.com/inHopeBristol @inHopeBristol Sign up for our monthly email newsletter at crisis-centre.org.uk

Spring of Hope: Jayne’s story

From chaos to peace; from near death and no hope, to new life and now “loads of hope!”

inHope.

The journey to our new name

Winter 2019

Profile for inHope.

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