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Weʼre raising £25,000 to To ensure continued support, maintenance and smooth running of The Bus Shelter Ipswich

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Who are we?

We are a family, which consists of Gareth, Sarah-Jane, Tiffani and Cheyanne and we live in Holbrook.

Last November, we had noticed a sharp increase on the number of rough sleepers in Ipswich. One night while on a date night, we came across a rough sleeper outside of the restaurant we were going to, we asked the waiter inside if we could order a dinner for the rough sleeper but was told that he had no takeaway box’s. Gareth decided to go to MacDonald’s (just across the road) to get the rough sleeper some food, however when he went outside, the rough sleeper had been ‘moved on’.

A few days after this, Gareth said that he was struggling to get the rough sleeper we had seen at the restaurant out of his head, this is when we decided that we wanted to do something, as we felt there was a void somewhere. So with our daughter Tiffani in tow, we started driving around and giving out clothes and blankets, sleeping bags and hot drinks to the rough sleepers of Ipswich.

A few weeks after this, Sarah saw an article on the Isle of Wight where a double decker bus had been converted for the rough sleepers to live on, when Gareth saw the article he said ‘that’s what we are going to do’

Nearly a year on, we have given up our careers, we have a shop which sells second hand items to the general public 6 days a week, also we give clothes

for free to the rough sleepers of Ipswich and to vulnerable families, we also have a double decker bus which has been converted in to a 14-bed shelter for the rough sleepers of Ipswich, the bus and shop are called Tiffers after our daughter Tiffani.

Our Module

Whilst the bus can accommodate 14 rough sleepers at any one time, we have decided that we are going to take 4-6 rough sleepers at any one time, with all 14 beds only being opened in a SWEP situation, SWEP means severe weather emergency provision, this means that when it snows or drops below a certain temperature, we will of course focus on getting as many rough sleepers off the streets as we can.

The reason we have decided to take 4-6 people on the bus at any one time is because we have looked around our town, we have taken in to account certain issues that are rife within our town, drugs and street drinking being amongst these reasons, therefore, we feel that if we take 4-6 people at any one time, we can truly focus on any issues they may have.

Once on board, everyone will be allocated a bed, which will remain theirs for the time that they stay with us, after the initial couple of days settling in, they will be required to sign up to drink and drug rehabilitation programmes from other organisations such as turning point, all our guest will be required to be actively trying on the rehabilitation programme.

We are having a strict no visitors rule, to prevent people from coming to the bus and trying to encourage behaviours we want our guests to leave behind.

All our safeguarding policies and data protection policies will be trained out not only to our volunteers, but to our guests too, this we feel will help our guests to understand it better when we tell them ‘no you can’t do that’ we also feel that it will help them to feel not just like a guest but, part of the family.

The daily motto for everyone on the bus will be ‘we can work with honesty’

As soon as guests come on to the bus we will start meaningful activities, like fixing and painting furniture, classes on how to shabby chic, classes on plastering, electrics, bricklaying, wallpapering, and who knows maybe even another double decker bus conversion!!!

Guests will stay on the bus for free, meaning the benefits they get are theirs to use as they see fit, maybe saving for a bond for their own place, or driving lessons etc.

Once settled on their drink/drug rehabilitation without feeling the need to use on top, our guests will have the opportunity to volunteer their time to companies for, initially 1 days’ work each week, this will give them some self-confidence and extra skills needed for when they move in to their own property.

Our aim is not to just find our guests a new accommodation, but instead to help them to get on to their drink/drug rehabilitation, and to start rebuilding their self-confidence and lives.

Once a guest leaves us, our support will not just end, we will continue to give, daily/weekly/when needed support to ensure that the cycle of being homeless does not start again. Our guests will be family, and will forever be treated as such.

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155

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 11, 2018

    You guys are amazing x

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 6, 2018

    £15.00

  • Sally Scrutton

    Sally Scrutton

    Jun 1, 2018

    Because Ivan and those you help can’t x good luck x

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 29, 2018

    Great project .Thank you.

  • SJ Jarvis

    SJ Jarvis

    May 29, 2018

    Good work!

  • Michael Morrow

    Michael Morrow

    May 26, 2018

    Keep up the excellent work!

  • nico iachetta

    nico iachetta

    May 25, 2018

    £20.00

About the fundraiser
Gareth Brenland

Gareth Brenland

Ipswich, United Kingdom

We are just your average family that wanted to give something back. The thought of getting in you'd car and going home to a family is something we take for granted. We wanted to do something to help end the NEED to sleep rough on our streets

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