A homelessness charity based in Croydon is seeking volunteers to help conduct a one-year-on survey to follow-up on work conducted in 2016 on a campaign called CR Zero 2020, which aims to eliminate rough-sleeping in the borough by the end of this decade.
Based on work in the United States, the End Street Homelessness Campaign has proven that with concerted community action it is possible to end long-term street homelessness. The CR Zero 2020 campaign has been supported by a range of agencies and charities, with endorsement by Croydon Council.
Twelve months ago, trained volunteers visited homeless people sleeping rough on Croydon’s streets and conducted a survey into their circumstances – what they called “connections week”.
Now, it’s time for Connections Week 2.0.
“We believe that no one should be living on the streets in Croydon and it’s time to find new ways to end chronic street homelessness in Croydon for good,” says the housing charity Evolve – formerly the South London YMCA.
“In August 2017 we are running Connections Week 2.0 to survey Croydon’s rough sleepers one year on and compare the data.
“If you would like to get involved, we need volunteers to meet and complete surveys with rough sleepers, visit drop in centres and support with data entry and admin tasks. The information gathered during the engagement week will be fed back to a solutions group, which has been set up to create a workable action plan to end chronic rough sleeping by 2020.”
Evolve was originally formed as the Croydon YMCA in 1861. It became South London YMCA when Croydon YMCA merged with the YMCA of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. We also merged with Earls Court YMCA in 2013. Today, Evolve works with 2,000 people each year, providing a solution to homelessness through shelter, support and advice to more than 600 people each day across four London boroughs.
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