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Issue 2, August 2006

MP leaves House to work with the homeless

An MP spent a week working at Thames Reach Bondway in July to get an insight into the problems facing homeless people in the capital. Douglas Carswell, Conservative MP for Harwich and Clacton, took on the role of a support worker at the Robertson Street project, spent an evening with the London Street Rescue service and worked for a day at our farm project.
Read the full story on the Douglas Carswell MP's visit to Thames Reach Bondway

Begs questions

For five years, Shaaban Waziri spent his days scanning faces in the crowds. Working the streets of London, he would wait impatiently for the next flash of kindness that would bring him his next hit.

On good days, the former kitchen porter would make up to £500 a day, 95 per cent of which would feed his crack habit. Clean now for four years, Shaaban is adamant about one thing: those acts of charity almost killed him.
Helen McCormack writes in Community Care about Westminster City Council's Killing with Kindness campaign, which was supported by Thames Reach.

Get mobile and support the farm

Thames Reach Bondway has launched an appeal to raise money for its organic farm and conservation project, in which former rough sleepers travel down to Sussex to work on the land and escape the loneliness of city life. Those with alcohol problems commit themselves to staying sober for the day, and all participants work together as a team, building their self-esteem.

Read more about the farm and conservation project or make a donation.

New scheme reaches out in Southwark

Thames Reach Bondway is launching a new service in Southwark to provide assistance to vulnerable people across the borough. From 1 September, Southwark Reach will help those in danger of losing their tenancies and reach out to people struggling with alcohol and drug problems, those with poor mental health and ex-offenders.
Read the full news story on the launch of Southwark Reach

Unemployment gets the boot

After several stints of homelessness and the last five years out of work, 36-year-old Terry, from south London, is finally seeing doors open for him – thanks to a scheme to retrain people as shoe shiners in the capital.

Liza Ramrayka writes in The Guardian on StreetShine, a social enterprise supported by Thames Reach Bondway.

Reaping awards

Staff and volunteers at Thames Reach Bondway have been recognised for their innovation, leadership and community service in various awards. The charity was a finalist in two categories of the 2006 London Excellence Awards; Chief Executive Jeremy Swain won a Sieff award for his collaboration with the business community; and the London Street Rescue volunteers were recognised for their contribution to society.

Read the full story on our awards

“I used to go to art galleries to sleep; now I go to exhibit”

During his years of living on the street, George Westren visited many art galleries – to sleep. It was there that he first developed an interest in art and was inspired by the work of the abstract painter Bridget Riley. George is now a member of Thames Reach Bondway’s art project, Vision Impossible, and is displaying his work at Patisserie Valerie in the City.

Read George's story

Minister celebrates work with London’s homeless

Lords Housing Minister Baroness Andrews helped to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a Thames Reach Bondway project last week. The Minister met residents and staff at Lambeth High Street – a project for former rough sleepers with a history of mental health problems – and unveiled a picnic bench to commemorate the anniversary.

Read the full story on Lambeth High Street's ten-year anniversary

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