Our 50th anniversary year is nearly over and we are now facing a challenging few years ahead, helping our local communities in Hampshire to navigate the cost of living crisis. Our homelessness and substance misuse services are even more in demand of late and our Jamie’s Pantry volunteers are working hard to make sure no-one in our services goes hungry.
We are going to need help from our Supporters more so now than ever in 2023 to ensure that we support people affected by homelessness to combat poverty, improve their mental and physical health, well-being, job prospects and their housing situation.
Fundraising is an important part of our strategy; giving us the chance to raise money which directly supports individuals on their journey towards independence. Every year we provide support to help our service users access vital equipment, ID, clothing for interviews and more – which means that supporting us directly benefits those who have often come to us with nothing but the clothes on their back.
Gary, who raised money for SSJ in 2020 said: “I wanted to help a local charity that helps people who need it the most – and I decided to choose the Society because I had conversations with them and learned about the work they do and it made me think about how lucky I am. After I raised the money I had more conversations with them and felt like they really appreciated that we had raised money for them. I’m going to do a bike ride in 2022 and will be supporting SSJ again.”
There are plenty of ways to fundraise for SSJ – you could run your own event, challenge friends or family in an activity, games nights and even quizzes – and with the spring evenings on the horizon, why not start planning activities for the warmer evenings and use that time to support people without a home?
By supporting us in 2023, you’ll directly impact the lives of people without a home. Whether you decide to run, swim, write, or quiz; your support will benefit people who are looking to take the next step towards independence in their lives.
If you’d like to discuss ways to support SSJ, please email fundraising@SSJ.org.uk