October for many is a return to the wrong type of normal. For the first time in 18 months evictions are being carried out on renters who fell into arrears due to Covid.
The furlough scheme has now ended and it is predicted that this will inevitably lead to redundancies and already stretched family incomes breaking.
This is coupled with the ending of the Universal Credit uplift. Many are facing a worrying situation looking at the possibility of losing their home.
This is why we held our Walk of Hope on Sunday 3rd October.
SPEAR’s team will be there for people facing homelessness and ensuring that it is for the shortest time necessary.
We were joined by several supporters including some from Nationwide Twickenham, and Bruce our Senior Fundraiser who was finishing his Virtual London Marathon tour of all 5 Boroughs supports.
It was wonderful after 18 months of only being able to see our supporters virtually. We talked about what has happened through lockdown as well as how we will be facing the upcoming challenges.
The hope SPEAR offers was highlighted when we were stopped on the walk by someone who had needed our services 10 years ago and had fully gone through the journey of homelessness to independence.
We hope to do another event in the future, if interested please let us know so we can e-mail you directly.
Or if you would like to sponsor Bruce who successfully completed the full 26.22 miles at the end of the Walk of Hope his JustGiving page is here