We Celebrate 50 Years’ in 2024
As we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary next year, we find ourselves reflecting on the journey we’ve undertaken and the milestones we’ve achieved along the way. It’s a momentous occasion that fills us with immense pride, and we’re excited to share this special year with all of you. Our theme for this significant milestone is “The Changing Face of Homelessness.” Over the past half-century, we have witnessed remarkable transformations in our society, but the issue of homelessness and hardship continues to persist. While we’ve made slow but positive strides in understanding the underlying social causes of homelessness, there’s still much work to be done to eradicate the stigma that often accompanies it, further burdening those already facing hardships and homelessness.
One of the most important aspects of our anniversary celebration is the opportunity to challenge preconceived notions about homelessness and hardship. Our theme is ‘The Changing Face of Homelessness’. Great strides have been made over the last 50 years to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions, but the problem still persists. We will be spending time illustrating the complexity and diversity of the causes of homelessness. If you take the time to look into the lives of people affected by homelessness you begin to realise that the many preconceived ideas just don’t ring true. The rising cost of private rents for example has meant there has been a shift towards professions such as nursing and their families, becoming affected. There is growing number of refugees fleeing conflict and the new problem of on-line gambling is increasing numbers of people rough sleeping or sofa-surfing as debts spiral. We will also be looking at the levels of economic hardship people are facing in our communities, and the complex problems associated with this, and the way we can help and support people who are struggling.
Our Anniversary Commitment:
For our 50th anniversary, we are committed to delving deep into the lives of those facing homelessness and grappling with hardship. By sharing their unique stories, we aim to provide a window into what homelessness and hardship looks like in 2024 and how it has evolved over the past five decades – both the positive and negative changes. Our goal is to showcase what processes and support systems have proven effective and what we can do today to make a meaningful difference over the next 50 years.
What to expect:
Over the next 18 months, this page will evolve as we take you on our 50-year journey. We will regularly update it with information on upcoming events, links to new stories, and most importantly, ways in which you can get involved in our incredible milestone. By participating in our anniversary celebrations, you can make a real impact on the lives of those who find themselves in heartbreaking situations, struggling with homelessness and hardship.
THE BIG SLEEP OUT 50!
When: Saturday 3rd February, 7.30pm – 7.30 am. Lower Mounts.
This year is set to be the biggest year yet and we have set an ‘extreme sleep out challenge’! We have been asking our service users, what items they had with them on their first night on the street. We are challenging you to take the same and experience (just for a short while).. what that might feel like. We will of course have extra blankets and essentials to keep you safe. We hope this sheds a light on the actual experiences of some of the people we work with, and the story behind their period of homelessness.
You can sign up by clicking the link below:
When: 20th and 21st September 2024
Where: Delapre Abbey.
We are celebrating ’50 Year’s of Hope’ at Hope Fest! It’s a two day extravaganza held in the grounds of the historic Delapre Abbey. Hope Fest is one of our key events taking place in our 50th year where we will be inviting everyone to join us across Northamptonshire to celebrate with us. We are showcasing a line-up of attractions with live music from local bands, DJs, a food and drinks fair, a children’s fun fair and more.
It is set to be a fantastic event, celebrating our milestone anniversary. Information will be shared here first!
If you are interested in some of the sponsorship packages currently available, click the graphic below.
Coming soon…. watch this space for our Birthday launch in January.. we have a challenge for you!
Keep In Touch:
Keep in touch! Keep an eye on our social media channels and our website as we approach our 50th anniversary. We invite you to join us in reflecting on the changing face of homelessness. Together, we can work towards a future where homelessness is eradicated, and individuals facing hardships receive the support and understanding they deserve. We look forward to the year ahead, filled with exciting events and opportunities for all of us to make a lasting difference in the lives of those affected by homelessness and hardship. Thank you for being part of our journey, and here’s to the next 50 years of progress, compassion, and change.
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