Working across Leeds, Huddersfield and Bradford, Simon on the Streets offers front-line emotional and practical support to a wide range of local people in need – those who are homeless; others who are at risk of becoming homeless; those with behavioural and mental health issues; and those struggling with an addiction.
Impressed with the hard work that the charity exerts to increase its exposure in the region, Fraser Projects’ managing director Ryan Fraser was keen to get on board. He explains: “It was important for me to support a local charity that is dedicated to helping people in Yorkshire. What’s more, the very nature of our own business is to deliver comfortable surroundings in which people can work and live. Now, by supporting this charity, we will hopefully be able to provide a safer environment for even more people, albeit in very different circumstances.”
Eager to raise as much funds as possible for this worthwhile cause, Fraser Projects has already taken part in Simon on the Streets’ golf day and sponsored the beer tent at the end of the course.
Ryan continues: “It was a really enjoyable and very well organised event, with an incredibly important reason for us all to get together. But this is only the beginning of our relationship, and we look forward to developing a series of fundraising initiatives to further support the charity, as the months unfold.”
In 12 months, one Simon on the Streets support worker will spend over 900 hours on the streets, engaging with those in need. That same support worker could typically have supportive contact with more than 50 people, in only one month. Such statistics illustrate how hard the charity is working to make a difference, believes Ryan.
“The great thing about Simon on the Streets is that the money raised goes to the people who need it – funds aren’t swallowed up as administrative expenses,” he said. “A £50 donation for example, will pay for the meals the charity buys for service users in one week. But, as you discover on the website, it’s not just about the food. If that person takes the time out to eat, they have a one-to-one opportunity to talk to a Simon on the Streets support worker and plan for the future. The more I read about this charity, the more inspired I am.”
To discover more about Simon on the Streets or to learn how you can support this charity, visit www.simononthestreets.co.uk.