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Spotlight youth tackle homelessness in Tower Hamlets

27/01/2020

On Monday 27th January, the members of Mile End Spotlight’s Youth Committee ventured across Tower Hamlets on a cold and wet evening to deliver care packages containing hats, gloves, blankets and sleeping bags to the homeless.

The ‘Homelessness Youth Project’ came about in October 2019 as a result of the Youth Committee’s involvement in London Youth’s East London Leaders Programme. This involved the committee designing and delivering a social action project with £600 of funding from London Youth, which they pitched for.

The Committee members felt that homelessness is a serious issue that needs to be tackled in Tower Hamlets and realised that certain areas were worse than others such as Whitechapel, Stepney and Stratford. The team were motivated to carry out the project as they felt that sleeping on the streets during winter is more difficult and showed motivation, confidence and respect whilst carrying out the mission.

Harry Forshaw, Youth Volunteer Coordinator at Spotlight told us: “This project was very successful, and was almost entirely youth-led. The weather was very wet and cold on the evening we carried out the project – which actually further motivated the young people to give out their care packages to as many homeless people as possible.”

At the end of the evening, surplus care packages were handed over to Whitechapel’s Salvation Army branch, who were grateful for the support and told the team they did not have as many donations over the Christmas period.

Well done to all those who involved in the project and for helping those in need.

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"The weather was very wet and cold on the evening we carried out the project – which actually further motivated the young people to give out their care packages to as many homeless people as possible.”

Harry Forshaw, Youth Volunteer Coordinator at Spotlight