SPEAR is a charity organisation supporting people experiencing homelessness in Richmond, London. They have the aim of building communities in which everyone has a place to call home and ensure those most vulnerable are given the relevant support. As well as this, SPEAR provide a variety of services, including the rough sleeper service, the homeless health link service and a skills and wellbeing development programme. This specific programme helps provide those experiencing homelessness with the skills needed to improve socially, educationally and increase their opportunities in employment.
In recent months Leiho has helped support SPEAR as supporting those experiencing homelessness is a huge part of Leiho. One of the ways Leiho helped provide support was through hosting voluntary cooking classes to residents from SPEAR’s Penny Wade House, a hostel used to support women and men experiencing homelessness. At these sessions, members from the Leiho team taught residents how to cook nutritious and affordable meals in hopes to help individuals implement healthier eating habits and diets. In addition, with the help of the Leiho community throughout the Christmas period, Leiho was able to donate over 200 items of essentials such as socks, beanies, gloves, toiletries, snacks, a set of kitchen utensils, as well as a donation of £313 to help fund phone credits, translation and transportation costs to those experiencing homelessness.
You can find out more about SPEAR and the services they provide on their website SPEAR London. Also, feel free to give them a follow on their socials @Spearlondon87, to keep up-to-date with their latest campaigns and the different ways you can help.
Written by: Shania Foster