Scouts Supporting Homeless Charity WCHP

WCHP is a charity helping homeless and insecurely housed men and women in our community. We have recently started working in Horsham, opening two new Recovery houses which provide safe, drug and alcohol free supported accommodation for up to two years for people in early recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. We also have an Outreach Worker in Horsham who will lead on assessing and supporting rough sleepers, building rapport and developing relationships with those who have been hard to engage.

Over the past couple of months we have been attending Scout meetings in the Horsham district to talk to Scouts and Explorers about homelessness and our projects in Horsham. We have really enjoyed talking to the young people and been impressed by the intelligent questions, the level of engagement and enthusiasm to find out how they can help. The scout groups we have met with have all been very mature in their approach to what can be a tricky topic and we have really appreciated their openness to discuss the issues surrounding homelessness.

During scout meetings we have been looking at what homelessness is, how people become homeless and what it means not only to lose a roof over your head, but a home. All the groups we have been to so far have been so generous in their support, we have received donations, clothes and the offer of fundraising for us! We hope that by explaining the work we do and what others can do to help, we can answer some of the questions Scouts have about homelessness and inspire them to engage in their community.

Thank you so much to all the scout groups that have invited us to their meetings and supported WCHP. We hope to see more of you soon!

We currently have a voluntary position available in Horsham for a Homeless Outreach Volunteer, more information on our website www.wchp.org.uk/homelessness-outreach-volunteer/

If you would like to get involved in the charity or book us to do a talk at a Scout group please email amy.oboussier@wchp.org.uk or call 01903 680740.

Amy Oboussier

Social Media Community Fundraiser