Christmas Appeal 2019

Street Storage

Visit www.streetstorage.co.uk to find out more about Street Storage

This Christmas we are supporting the charity ‘Street Storage’ which was set up by Rachel Woolf following her time with us as Manna Project worker. This new and dynamic charity is offering a unique and valuable service to the homeless of London and is key to not only enabling people to keep belongings and essential papers securely but in fostering a sense of dignity and self-worth amongst some of the most overlooked members of society.

Rachel writes ….
If you had to leave your home today, how would you choose what items to keep, which to sell and which to throw out? People on the street face these decisions every single day.

The lack of secure space for your belongings is a pertinent, constant and debilitating problem for those experiencing homelessness in London and across the UK. While homelessness itself and the campaigns to prevent it have become more visible in recent years, the problem of storage for the homeless is not being addressed by UK charities, councils and organisations, so we decided something must be done.’

Street Storage is a small start-up charity operating in Tottenham Court Road that provides free, accessible storage to those sleeping on the street. We operate five days a week and aim to meet the clients at their point of need. Responsiveness, flexibility and understanding the importance of people’s belongings, however small, are paramount values for the charity. In the last six months, we have received over 100 individual referrals from homeless charities, day centres, night shelters and councils across the city for storage. Clients who store their belongings with us have gained employment, reconnected with family members, attended advocacy appointments, had respite from the streets and found secure and stable housing. Storage gives people freedom and yet it is often overlooked. We are in a period of growth, hiring staff, extending access times and accepting more and more referrals. With your support, we can help more and more people across the city, instantly. Thank you for your consideration, support and prayer!

We will be sharing much more about ‘Street Storage’ at our services during Advent and Christmas and you can visit their website www.streetstorage.co.uk to find out more.

You can support ‘Street Storage’ by making a donation through our Christmas appeal, either:.
• Place cash or a cheque in a Christmas Appeal envelope and put this in the offering at any of our Advent or Christmas services.
• Send a cheque made out to ‘St Stephen’s Canonbury’ and marked ‘Christmas Appeal’ on the back, to the Parish Office, 17 Canonbury Road, London. N1 2DF.
• Make a payment direct to bank at: Bank: Nat West; Account name: St Stephen’s Church, Canonbury; Sort code: 50-30-09; Account no: 04811151. Reference your payment ‘Street Storage.’

Gift Aid
If you have already completed a Gift Aid declaration we will claim the Gift Aid on your donation and pass this to ‘Street Storage.’ If you pay tax on income or savings and would like a Gift Aid form to complete please contact the parish office – administrator@ststephenscanonbury.org.uk – 02086165505 – to ask for one.

Alternatively you might like to think about supporting ‘Street Storage’ with a regular donation. You can set up a standing order direct with ‘Street Storage or make one-off donations at any time.’ Their account details are:
Account Name: Street Storage; Account Number: 02318660; Sort Code: 400304. Visit the website – www.streetstorage.co.uk or talk directly to Rachel Woolf to find out more about offering more regular support.

Thank you for your support