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News archive 2013

Read our archived news stories from 2013

  • Rough sleeping figures
    The general perception that homelessness is on the rise has been challenged by a recent set of statistics showing a reduction in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of London. Thames Reach Communications Manager Mike Nicholas analyses the latest figures to see how many people really are sleeping rough in the capital and what trends are emerging.
  • Construction apprenticeship opportunities
    The Thames Reach Employment Academy is linking up with a firm of developers and a building crafts college to provide apprenticeships on the renovation of the old Southwark Town Hall.
  • Thames Reach feature on ITVs Daybreak
    Thames Reachs outreach services featured in a film on ITVs Daybreak programme this morning.
  • Hilary Stent Big Step Awards 2013
    The 13th Thames Reach Hilary Stent Big Step Awards took place in the prestigious surroundings at Mayer Browns city offices, a leading corporate supporter.
  • Campaign launched to target begging in the City of London and Tower Hamlets
    Thames Reach has joined forces with the City of London Corporation, Tower Hamlets council, the Metroplitan Police and the homeless charity Broadway to launch an advertising campaign educating the public on the links between begging and the use of heroin, crack cocaine and alcohol.
  • Volunteer event
    Thames Reachs Employment Academy will be hosting an event to celebrate the vital role volunteers play in helping Thames Reach to function next week.
  • Thames Reach Christmas appeal 2013
    Thames Reachs 2013 Christmas appeal focuses on the life-saving work of its dedicated outreach teams, who are out every night of the year, whatever the weather, helping Londons homeless off the streets and into safe, secure accommodation.
  • Lambeth Progressions Project
    Thames Reach is launching a new project to help vulnerable Lambeth residents prepare for and cope with welfare reforms.
  • Thames Reach Chief Executive Jeremy Swain scoops social media award
    Thames Reach Chief Executive Jeremy Swain has been recognised in a list celebrating the top 30 charity CEOs using social media.
  • Hilary Stent Awards 2013
    The 13th Thames Reach Hilary Stent Big Step Awards will take place on Thursday 28 November in the prestigious surroundings of Thames Reach corporate supporters Mayer Browns city offices.
  • Leap into work
    A new service dedicated to helping women in Southwark get back into work has been launched at Thames Reachs Employment Academy.
  • A missed opportunity
    Imagine youre socialising with your friends one evening when a destitute man comes up to you and asks you for some help. He says that he sleeps rough normally but someone had stolen his sleeping bag the night before, he was cold and hungry. It is too late to do anything that night but you say to him that if he contacts you the next day, you will buy him a new sleeping bag.
  • Hostel residents arts project
    A group of artists from south London theatre and performance group Duckie have spent the last year working with residents from Thames Reachs Graham House and Robertson Street hostels on an arts project that explores some of the issues around alcohol and addiction.
  • Breaking Down Barriers
    Thames Reachs work has been brought to life in a new report which looks at how the organisation is equipping people to find their own solutions to overcome homelessness and social exclusion.
  • Blowing the whistle on trafficking
    Thames Reach has partnered up with the Metropolitan Police to help promote their 24/7 Human Trafficking Helpline.
  • Mental Health Service Interventions for Rough Sleepers
    Thames Reach was invited by the Metropolitan Police to take part in an operation in July in the west-end of London which was targeting a large group of Romanians numbering 63 people who were living on the streets there.
  • Romanian reconnection
    Thames Reach was invited by the Metropolitan Police to take part in an operation in July in the west-end of London which was targeting a large group of Romanians numbering 63 people who were living on the streets there.
  • Sponsored sleep out in aid of London's homeless
    Staff from top law firm Mayer Brown took part in a sponsored sleep out in aid of Thames Reach last week, raising over £3,400 in aid of Londons homeless.
  • New Employment Academy service celebrates successful start
    A new drop-in service helping long-term unemployed and formerly homeless men and women get back into work is celebrating after helping 43 people since it was launched less than two months ago.
  • Missing people alert for 74-year old former rough sleeper
    Thames Reach has issued an appeal for the publics help in finding a 74 year-old formerly homeless man who has gone missing from his flat in Ilford where he was recently housed after an eight year spell sleeping rough.
  • On the run for London's homeless
    Thames Reachs head of finance Paul Jackson will be running the Royal Parks Foundation Ultra Marathon next month in aid of Londons homeless.
  • Literacy event
    The Thames Reach Employment Academy held an event to promote and raise awareness of literacy and celebrate World Literacy Day, that was open to Southwark and Lambeth residents and Thames Reach service users from across the capital.
  • New project helping Londons homeless people
    Thames Reach has won a contract to provide services to the rough sleepers who frequent hotspots across the capital, the hidden homeless and vulnerable women. The new service is called TRIO Targeted Rapid Intervention and Outreach and with the specialist input of two partners, this new Thames Reach team will offer rapid and skilled interventions to every London borough.
  • Payment by results scheme helps hundreds of homeless people
    A pioneering new payment by results scheme has helped hundreds of rough sleepers and long-term homeless men and women off the streets of the capital.
  • Skyfall at the Employment Academy
    The Thames Reach Employment Academy will be serving up a free cinematic treat for local residents on Sunday 8 September the latest James Bond blockbuster Skyfall.
  • A wheelie great effort
    Thamesview, one of Londons largest Independent Estate Agencies has raised over £3,300 for Thames Reach, its new charity partner.
  • Volunteer course participants celebrate graduation
    The Employment Academy hosted the latest graduation ceremony for participants who successfully completed the Thames Reach volunteer training scheme, Travel, which helps formerly homeless and vulnerable people make their way back into the workforce.
  • Are you looking to get back into work?
    A new drop-in service that will help formerly homeless and long-term unemployed men and women find education, training and employment opportunities is launching at the Employment Academy this month.
  • Minimum pricing retreat
    Thames Reach supported proposals to introduce minimum pricing at 45p per unit which would, if introduced, have made a huge impact on the super-strength drinks market a three litre bottle of 7.5%White Ace cider containing 22.5 units of alcohol would have increased in price from £3.99 to over £10.
  • Romanian rough sleepers in Westminster Thames Reach statement
    Outreach workers from Thames Reachs TRIO (Targeted Rapid Intervention Outreach) team, working jointly with the Metropolitan Police and a range of other organisations including immigration enforcement officers, offered advice and support to the Romanian nationals living on Westminsters streets this morning.
  • Waterloo Project art group
    A therapeutic art group organised by psychologists at the Thames Reach Waterloo Project in Lambeth is helping former rough sleepers to get their lives back on track.
  • Legal eagles fundraising drive
    Top law firm Mayer Brown recently held a cycling and rowing fundraising event, raising an impressive £3,000 in aid of Londons homeless.
  • Increase in rough sleepers found by outreach teams
    The number of rough sleepers found by outreach teams on Londons streets has increased by 13% over the past year.
  • Essential Waitrose providing work opportunities
    Thames Reach has developed good links with Waitrose over recent months, culminating in three Thames Reach service users finding work with the company.
  • Brent consortium
    Thames Reach is leading a consortium of organisations running an innovative new service helping vulnerable people who are at risk of becoming homeless in Brent.
  • Get money savvy in Southwark
    A new service that will help Southwark residents struggling with personal finance and money management issues is being launched at the Employment Academy this month.
  • Sutton women's group celebrate successful first year
    A group set up to help women who have experienced mental health problems and social isolation in Sutton is celebrating a successful first year running in the borough.
  • Scheme to bring empty Croydon homes back into use
    Homeowners in Croydon are to be given the opportunity to renovate their properties whilst giving something back to the local community by renting them as shared housing for those in need.
  • In from the cold 2
    As yet another spell of freezing weather hits the capital, members of the public can help our outreach teams with vital information on the whereabouts of rough sleepers by calling StreetLink on 0300 500 0914.
  • Response to Governments possible change of heart over minimum price pledge for alcohol
    After reports today that the government has ditched plans for 45p per unit minimum alcohol pricing, Thames Reach has issued a response.
  • Pedal power
    Cycling enthusiasts Tom Cox and Jo Shortt recently peddled their way to raising nearly £1,000 in aid of Thames Reach.
  • New fund created to help destitute Polish rough sleepers return home
    Homelessness charity Thames Reach has teamed up with the Polish Embassy in London to encourage Poles who have successfully settled in the UK to help their compatriots who have ended up destitute on the streets.
  • New peer support project for Southwark residents
    A new project at the Employment Academy is giving Southwark residents who have experienced mental health problems the chance to benefit from peer support and link in with the services on offer at this Thames Reach flagship project.
  • Formerly homeless people help create aspirational sculpture
    14 formerly homeless people looking to get their lives back on track have helped internationally renowned artist Randy Klein to create a one-tonne metal sculpture in the courtyard of the new Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell.
  • Rough sleepers helped off the streets as cold weather bites
    As a new spell of freezing weather hits the capital, Thames Reachs dedicated outreach staff and volunteers will be going out on extra shifts in a bid to help rough sleepers off the streets and into safe and warm accommodation.
  • Thames Reach support for minimum pricing of alcohol
    Thames Reach has responded to the Governments Alcohol Strategy Consultation by supporting plans to introduce minimum pricing at 45p per unit.
  • Building skills
    This weeks South London Press newspaper featured a story about Thames Reachs new Employment Academy and the Building Lives scheme based there, that helps teenagers get the training they need to get work in the construction industry.
  • Deputy Mayor visits the Employment Academy
    Deputy London Mayor and Director of Housing Richard Blakeway visited the Thames Reach Employment Academy last week.
  • Thames Reach's Employment Academy on BBC One
    A BBC One programme featuring the Thames Reach Employment Academy is being aired on prime-time television on Monday evening.
  • The Employment Academy welcomes its first volunteer
    Thames Reachs Employment Academy welcomes Caylan-Jae, our first full-time volunteer who is working in a customer service role on the new reception area of the building.
  • In from the cold
    As London shivered in the grip of the recent icy spell of weather, Thames Reachs outreach staff and volunteers were out and about across the capital in search of rough sleepers in a bid to get them into somewhere safe and warm.