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SPEAR signs joint letter to party leaders

We’ve joined over 50 homelessness organisations in signing Homeless Link’s letter to Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer and Sir Ed Davey
Houses of Parliament

A joint letter to Ministers

Shortly before Parliament dissolved last month, we were one of 34 organisations who signed a letter to three ministers.

Kingston’s Celebrating Communities Awards

We were proud to have been nominated alongside EnhanceAble in the Working in Partnership Award at Kingston’s Celebrating Communities Awards

Thank you to all our volunteers!

This Volunteers’ Week we are celebrating the contributions our volunteers make to the lives of people sleeping rough in South West London.

Homeless Health Link Service shortlisted at Community Heroes Awards

Our Homeless Health Link Service was shortlisted in the Communities together category at Richmond Council’s Community Heroes Awards.
SPEAR staff and clients at a health and wellbeing day

Making an impact

Our impact report for 2023 details the progress we’ve made supporting people experiencing homelessness in South West London despite the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
Some of the Springboard participants with their Money Works certificates

Comic Relief and Red Nose Day 2024

From our Springboard project to days out filming, Comic Relief and Red Nose Day are helping us help more people escape homelessness.
SPEAR founder Penny Wade in an orchard

International Women’s Day: Penny Wade

This year at SPEAR we celebrate International Women’s Day by remembering our founder Penny Wade.

London Charter to End Rough Sleeping

On Thursday 7th of December SPEAR’s CEO joined the launch of London’s first rough sleeping charter – the London Charter to End Rough Sleeping.

Our Health Link work last Winter

Winter is a particularly challenging time for people sleeping rough, with cold temperatures causing ill-health and exacerbating existing health conditions. We received funding from the South West London Integrated Care System to deliver Health and Wellbeing Days to people experiencing homelessness.

SPEAR’s Homeless Health Link Service celebrates new funding from the National Lottery Community Fund

This month, we are delighted to celebrate the start of a new three-year funding award from the National Lottery Community Fund towards our Homeless Health Link Service.

SPEAR’s Homeless Health Link Service Evaluation Tender

This invitation to tender invites proposals to evaluate SPEAR’s Homeless Health Link service.

Homelessness organisations warn of impact of not extending energy support

We’ve joined Homeless Link and other homelessness organisations to write to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Grant Shapps, warning of the “devastating” impact of not extending the Government’s Energy Bill Relief Scheme beyond March 2023.

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) activated in London

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol has been activated today. Our Outreach teams are working with Local Authorities to find suitable, safe provision for any rough sleepers in South West London.

Health & Wellbeing Day Richmond

On Wednesday the 9th of November, our Homeless Health Link Service organised a Health and Wellbeing Day alongside the NHS and other healthcare professionals to provide access to healthcare to people experiencing homelessness and seeking asylum.

Trustees’ Week 07-11 November

Trustees’ Week is a time for us to thank the wonderful work our Trustees do at SPEAR. Following this year’s theme “making a difference in changing times”, our Trustee Charlotta talks about her role and what we can do for our communities.

World Homeless Day – 10 October 2022

This year, both World Homeless Day and World Mental Health Day (Monday 10th October) are taking place in the context of a cost of living crisis.

Cost of living crisis: How SPEAR is providing support

In preparation for the impact of the cost of living crisis, our teams, and more particularly our Tenancy and Resettlement team, are working hard to ensure our clients receive the support they need.

Heatwave – Our emergency actions to support people experiencing homelessness

The Met Office has announced a 90% probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met on Tuesday 9th until perhaps Sunday 14th of August in London.

Pride Month & Community – An Interview with SPEAR’s Director of Operations

Ahead of the Month of Community this June, SPEAR’s Interim Director of Operations, Mark Taylor, talks about the sense of community present at SPEAR.

Volunteers’ Coffee Morning – 7 June 2022

As part of National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) we hosted a coffee morning at our flag ship hostel, Penny Wade House, in Richmond to show our appreciation and thank our volunteers for all their support.

National Volunteers’ Week 1 – 7 June 2022

Nicky Dalglish has been SPEAR’s Volunteering Manager for three years and has worked with over 500 volunteers.

Interview with Emily Pt 2 Introducing our Navigator Team

We still have Outreach workers helping those entering our programme, but Navigators offer wrap-around support for people with more complex needs.

Supporting Clients’ Mental Health – Q&A with Arturo

I started working at SPEAR in November 2020 when I joined the Homeless Health Link Service. I am part of a team that ensures our clients have access to health services, both mental and physical.

Have empty rooms to let up to March 2022? We need up to 10!

Since the start of the Covid pandemic, SPEAR homelessness charity has worked tirelessly with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to keep rough sleepers safe.

Health help for homeless community in Richmond

A special event for the homeless community and refugees took place last week at the Exchange in Twickenham.

London homeless charity to feature in Richmond Monopoly

A homelessness charity known for their work in south west London will feature on a new version of Monopoly set in Richmond.
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