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£1,510
raised of £1,500 target by 49 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,510 to pilot a homeless breakfast hub in Ipswich: LA TOUR HOME HUB

    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    Funded on Saturday, 19th August 2017

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    PLEASE HELP US TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING OUR VULNERABLE COMMUNITY!

    “It’s really friendly. If I’m upset I can come in here. I’m a rough sleeper and to me it’s like a little family here….It’s homely…I can come here to read and write letters”.

    “If I’m in a rut, a bit down, they’ll talk to you…don’t talk down to you…look after you…there’s nowhere else like this round here. They’re like the Samaritans. But Better than the Samaritans”

    La Tour Cycle Café’s Pay It Forward scheme enabled you to donate cash for another person to eat/drink in a warm, friendly and kind place – giving not only something for tummies but also normalisation in often distressing and chaotic days. The size and breadth of La Tour Cycle Cafe's vulnerable community meant it also offered a way for agencies such as IHAG, Selig, ACT, Acorn Vulnerable Women's Maternity Clinic, to gently engage informally.

    We at La Tour Cycle Café grew very fond of the wonderful and diverse community that developed in our space. Uncertainty of tenure at Tower House and being gifted an alternative premises, led to the difficult decision to close the café on 14th July. Since then, these folk have had nowhere similar to be.

    We intend to pilot a twice per week project STARTING ASAP!

    People need purpose, places to go and rhythm to their day that’s not all about attending appointments. People need dignity; somewhere comfortable to use toilets and enjoy a cuppa. We would host the hub from 8.30am when rough sleepers are woken and told to "move on" - but with nowhere to go. We believe Monday would provide a great start to the week and Friday a time to reflect and make last minute arrangements of support before the weekend, when many agencies close.

    We need YOU to help make this HAPPEN!

    We believe the value will not only be to the hub’s users, but to all users of our town centre. A pilot scheme would allow Ipswich to see if we can support this community and reduce the impact of rough sleepers on Ipswich as a whole

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    • Alexia McEwen5 years ago
      Alexia McEwen

      Alexia McEwen

      5 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      ☺️ Wonderful ☺️ thank you all for supporting us in offering this pilot of space, friendship, purpose, food, drinks, signposting, and time to some of our community's most vulnerable folk. Let's hope we can keep the momentum going and get some longer term financial support! Masses of love to you all x

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    • Alexia McEwen5 years ago
      Alexia McEwen

      Alexia McEwen

      5 years ago

      Home Hub no.5 had 32 visitors! We dispersed donated toothbrushes and condoms, got through 16 pints of milk, 5 loaves of bread, 4 large boxes of cereal, 2 cakes, shortbread, cheese scones, 12 bananas, loads of tangerines... We had lots of hugs, a few tears, letter writing, agency referrals, dancing, singing, chatter, gardening, National Geographic and local newspaper reading. And some of Ipswich's most prolific pick-pocketers and beggars joined us for most of it. We've got requests for a 'happy hour' on Monday to play bingo! WE ARE WINNING :)

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    • Alexia McEwen5 years ago
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      Alexia McEwen

      5 years ago

      2 Home Hubs have happened - they've been fantastic! At Friday's first Hub 15 rough sleepers had good breaky, chats and morning chill - 22 visited us today :) faces old and new, all VERY appreciative - wanting to help us with gardening, cleaning, washing up etc, and enjoying popping their own toast and drinking chocolatey milk out of their cereal bowls! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. But - we still desperately need funds to keep doing this. Please please share on facebook, twitter, email, and in chitter chatter!! #Community

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    • Alexia McEwen5 years ago
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      Alexia McEwen

      5 years ago

      Wow, what amazing community spirit - St. Michael's Community Centre have gifted us their space, for 2 mornings a week for the next 2 months - starting this Friday 28th July! So, our pilot project WILL be supporting our vulnerable friends very very soon 😀 Thank you so so much to every donor, so far.... You are all helping make this happen

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    Supporters

    49

    • Martyn Stimson

      Martyn Stimson

      Aug 19, 2017

    • Anna matthews

      Anna matthews

      Aug 18, 2017

      This donation is from the efforts of team Hi 5 :) amazing bag packing in Marks and Spencers, Tesco's and a sponsored walk..

      £385.00

    • Lois Cordelia Buelow-Osborne

      Lois Cordelia Buelow-Osborne

      Aug 17, 2017

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 17, 2017

    • Sam Tilston

      Sam Tilston

      Aug 13, 2017

      £10.00

    • Lucie

      Lucie

      Aug 10, 2017

      Little extra found from ACS and CYP! x

      £10.00

    • SCC ACS and CYP

      SCC ACS and CYP

      Aug 10, 2017

      Good Luck with everything! This is from the staff at Adult Community Services and Children and Young People's Services at Suffolk County Council! Lucie

      £130.00

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