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#Beacon24

Our Annual Charity Event is back for 2016

#Beacon24 is an annual 24 hour endurance run, cycle or walk to raise funds for Falcon Support Services to help the homeless in Leicestershire. The event starts on the 2nd July at noon until 3rd July at noon.

The run, cycle or walk is a 10k loop set at Beacon Hill Country Park and participants can set their own goals by choosing the distance they wish to cover.

Individuals or team entries are welcome. Individual tickets are £20, teams of 4 are £40 and teams of 8 are £40. To sign up to #Beacon24 please visit:
http://www.giving-back.co.uk/beacon24.asp

All funds raised will go to helping Falcon Support Services to provide good quality, safe accommodation to the homeless. Unable to participate? you can donate to the cause at http://www.giving-back.co.uk/beacon24.asp‬.

For more information on this event or to look at last years event visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/beacon24/
To find out more about Falcon Support Services visit https://www.facebook.com/FalconSupportServices/

#Festive Shelter is back

Homelessness is a matter of concern at all times of the year but often features more on people’s minds in the winter, when the temperature drops. Falcon Support Services want to provide an additional three beds to those that are homeless over the festive period from 1st December – 4th January, which could save lives during the cold weather. We can provide a warm bed, hot meal, breakfast, use of shower facilities and the use of a washing machine plus, hopefully, a memorable Christmas. Our trained support workers and volunteers will also try to source alternative, longer term accommodation. The three emergency beds will be based at the Falcon Centre, part of the Housing Matters consortium in partnership with Nottingham Community Housing Association and The Bridge.

The cost of these extra bed spaces is funded through the generous donations made by local people and businesses. A thorough assessment of need will take place and all appropriate advice and housing options explored. This information will also feed in to the Rough Sleepers Action Group with partner agencies so we can ensure we are using a joint multi-agency approach to best support those in need.

Last year our #festiveshelter appeal was a resounding success with an amazing response from the local community, businesses and people holding fundraising events, raising a total of £6,111. This meant we were able to extend the emergency beds throughout January. This led to 27 additional people being accommodated throughout the period, totalling 137 nights. We are hopeful this year will be just as much of a success.

Online updates are available on our social media #festiveshelter and the link to donate/find out further information is www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/festiveshelter. We also want to open our doors to the most vulnerable and isolated to provide a community Christmas Lunch. The Falcon Centre are also appealing for any donations of Christmas gifts, clothes, and food to help make this a memorable time for those most in need.

LOUGHBOROUGH VOLUNTEERS ‘SPARK SOMETHING GOOD’ WITH FALCON SUPPORT SERVICES

LOUGHBOROUGH – 10 OCTOBER 2016 – Loughborough volunteers have been out in force today completing a much-needed transformation at the Falcon Centre for World Homeless Day.

The Falcon Centre provides stable and supportive accommodation for homeless people in and around Leicestershire and is one of 24 projects that are being transformed over the next week as part of Marks & Spencer’s Spark Something Good initiative. In just six hours, the centre’s communal space was transformed into a bright and vibrant area for residents at the centre to enjoy and relax in.

Over 30 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and grabbed their paintbrushes for the redecoration project, creating a comfortable and welcoming communal area where residents can eat, socialise and relax. The aim of the project is to boost morale at the centre and give residents the confidence to achieve their goals.

Sarah Whannell, Manager of the Falcon Centre, said: “We’re so pleased that Spark Something Good has come to Loughborough and are incredibly grateful to all the volunteers who have been getting involved. Our vibrant new space will let residents know that they are valued and will provide the perfect sanctuary to relax in.”

Charlotte Hayes, Central East Region Spark Something Good Project Lead at Marks & Spencer, said: “It’s been so great to join the volunteers that attended Falcon’s redecoration project. The generosity and dedication of our colleagues and local volunteers has been amazing. The charity makes people’s lives that little bit easier during difficult times and we’re really proud to have helped Spark Something Good for this vital community project.”

Registration to take part in Spark Something Good projects across Leicester and Loughborough is still open. To find out more and sign-up, simply visit the dedicated page at www.neighbourly.com/mandsvolunteer, developed by Neighbourly, the social network for social good.

Volunteers can also sign up for Spark Something Good by calling 0117 915 1279.

Spark Something Good is part of Plan A, M&S’s ground-breaking eco and ethical programme. It was developed following extensive research and dialogue which revealed that getting involved in community projects enhanced people’s lives. M&S aims to spark Leicester and Loughborough residents into action by showing just what can be achieved when people come together united by a common goal.

FALCON CENTRE CASE STUDY – MARK HUGHES:

Mark Hughes was made homeless in July 2016 and was later taken into sheltered accommodation under the No Second Night Out (NSNO) Scheme. Shortly afterwards, Mark was contacted by the team at Falcon Support Services and invited to live at the centre.

Over the last three months, Mark has been living in a stable environment whilst receiving weekly support sessions. As a result, Mark’s confidence has improved significantly which has enabled him to develop the necessary life and social skills to plan for his future.

Mark said: “Living at Falcon has had a massive impact on my life. When I first arrived, I had no confidence to do anything or even talk to anyone. With help and encouragement from my support worker, I have been able to change this and talk about any problems I have. Volunteering and helping to redecorate the communal area at Falcon is my way of giving something back and saying thank you for all the help I have received. The centre has changed my life and I’m really looking forward to continuing my journey here.”

Award for Falcon Support Services Support Worker Sue McCorkindale

The One4all Rewards Spotlight Awards celebrate and reward vital team members from across the nation.

Falcon Support Services nominated Sue for the ‘Unsung Hero’ category for the dedication she has towards her job, and won the award on public votes.

Sue McCorkindale said “when I heard that I had been nominated I was touched and embarrassed. Now that I have actually won it I am speechless as it is I who is honoured to be doing a job that I love”

All winners of One4All Spotlight Awards receive a prize of £200 in One4all Reward gift cards.

Rachel Hall, Service Development Manager explained “Sue is a well-respected, hardworking and highly experienced Support Worker at Peregrine House, who goes above and beyond to help vulnerable people achieve good outcomes. She is an asset to our charity and truly deserves this reward and recognition.”

MINISTRY OF JUSTICE EXTREMELY IMPRESSED

Andrew Selous visits Peregrine House

We were lucky enough to host a visit from Andrew Selous, from the Ministry of Justice at Peregrine House and were pleased he was “extremely impressed by the work that DNLR CRC is doing to improve accommodation outcomes in Loughborough, including the links being built with Falcon Support Services to provide exclusive accommodation and support to offenders at Peregrine House”

Falcon Support Services Win Award

Falcon Support Services win Weston Charity Awards and Pilotlight Partnership

The Weston Charity Awards celebrate and support excellent charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community through a year of strategic planning support and unrestricted funding. The Awards are an initiative of the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight.

Pilotlight helps ambitious charities and social enterprises thrive by harnessing the skills of business leaders. The Pilotlight Programme is about coaching charity and social enterprise leaders to develop their business skills, strengthen their organisation and increase its impact.

Rachel Hall, Service Development Manager said “We are really grateful to Weston Charity Awards for the recognition of the work Falcon Support Services does with vulnerable people and are excited to be embarking on this opportunity to develop our services with Pilotlight in the coming year.”

#Festiveshelter Success

Falcon Support Service’s recent #festiveshelter appeal to provide emergency beds to the homeless over the festive period has been a resounding success, with an amazing response from the local community, businesses and some fundraising events, raising a total of £6,111.

We were overwhelmed with the generosity and this has allowed us to not only provide the beds over December, but by raising more money than expected has enabled us to continue this throughout the whole of January. We have accommodated 27 people on the bed, totalling 137 nights who would be struggling to find somewhere to stay.

A service user who used one of the emergency beds was asked what it meant to have an emergency bed, knowing the community had funded it. This is what he said “It means everything to me. It shows that some people actually care and the worlds not full of nasty people.”

In addition to the Emergency Beds, Falcon Support Services put on a Christmas Lunch at the Falcon Centre which was opened up to vulnerable members of the community and 29 attendees received a memorable meal and Christmas gift.

After the Loughborough Echo’s story on the #festiveshelter appeal, Falcon Support Services were inundated with volunteers who wanted to help the homeless over Christmas. One of the volunteers said “It showed what a fantastic charity you are and I absolutely applaud you all. The #festiveshelter appeal highlighted how we as a community have rallied around to give back to those in need”

We are honoured to have made a difference to those that need us. We would like to say a big thank you for the dedication of the volunteers and staff members as well as the donors who made this all happen. We are always grateful to those that support our cause in helping the homeless from crisis to independent living.

If you would like to keep up to date with the work we are doing, and upcoming fundraising events, I have included our Social Media accounts below which you can follow. Alternatively if you feel there are ways in which you can support us further we would always be keen to meet interested parties and explore how we could develop a mutually beneficial working relationship.

A service user who used one of the emergency beds was asked what it meant to have an emergency bed, knowing the community had funded it. This is what he said “It means everything to me. It shows that some people actually care and the worlds not full of nasty people.”

In addition to the Emergency Beds, Falcon Support Services put on a Christmas Lunch at the Falcon Centre which was opened up to vulnerable members of the community and 35 attendees received a memorable meal and Christmas gift. Falcon Support Services would like to thank all those that donated gifts, food and monetary donations to the Centre including Charnwood Borough Council, Loughborough Students Union, British Gas, NCS, Mountfields Lodge Primary School, Hall Orchard School, Islamic Society at Loughborough University, Barrie Stephens, Therapie Beaute, Farmer and Carlisle, St Wilfred’s Church, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Loughborough Gospel Halls Trust, Morrisons, Thermofisher, Nottingham Building Society, Pinfold Medical Practice, Radmoor Centre, and more.

After the Loughborough Echo’s story on the #festiveshelter appeal, Falcon Support Services were inundated with volunteers who wanted to help the homeless over Christmas. One of the volunteers said “It showed what a fantastic charity you are and I absolutely applaud you all. The #festiveshelter appeal highlighted how we as a community have rallied around to give back to those in need”

Rachel Hall said “We are honoured to have made a difference to those that need us. Falcon Support Services, which is part of the Housing Matters consortium, along with The Bridge and Nottingham Community Housing Association, would like to say a big thank you for the dedication of the volunteers and staff members as well as the donors who made this all happen.”

“Holidays are Coming”

As you look around your own lives, Christmas is fast approaching, with a sense of anticipation and excitement. We have deliberated over the John Lewis Christmas advert, and are eagerly awaiting the Coca Cola Christmas Advert to indicate the ‘official start of Christmas’! If you are anything like me you have started the Christmas card list and started your Christmas shopping already!

A big build up to one magical day – Christmas Day. As a kid I remember waking up excited and now as an adult I wake up excited to see my kids excited. I was lucky.

Being on the streets you don’t wake up with your relatives, you don’t have the Christmas tree and decorations making your home sparkle with excitement, you don’t have a kitchen with cupboards full to bursting of what could make a gorgeous Christmas Lunch. Instead many are on the streets, lonely, and worried about where they’re going to sleep and how they are going to make it through the day. Watching other families enjoying their day through the distant window.

Help us to remove those worries. Donate to our #festiveshelter Christmas Campaign to provide 3 emergency beds over the festive period and a community lunch on Christmas Day.

 

 

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