Behind everyone person affected by homelessness is a human being like you and I. How would I like to be treated if I was the one sat there asking for help?
The dark, cold, windy and wet season is here which makes each day even more of struggle for our fellow citizens on the streets. Each week our teams come across more human beings who have gone from being the neighbour to becoming invisible.
"All their warming words really did help me through those dark days and literally kept me going when I just wanted to throw the towel in". Michael (then homeless, now runs his own business)
Under One Sky already supports our homeless friends 30,000 times yearly. We need your support to continue to provide dignity, sustenance and solutions to those facing this human tragedy.
By changing society’s relationship with homelessness we bring together local communities to change lives.
In Dec 22 a recently homeless young man approached our team. Today he is working for Under One Sky, lives in a flat and is growing in life.
Human connection and problem-solving are at our core. We make people feel seen, heard and cared for. Our teams are on the streets in Central London and Newcastle.
Each week we provide 500-600 people with food, hot and cold drinks, snacks, socks, underwear, hats, gloves, hand warmers and toiletries (our skywalk bundle). Most of these items are purchased, not donated to us. We refer our homeless friends to physical and mental health services and other homelessness organisations.
How We Spend Your Donation
Historically Under One Sky has spent 100% of private crowdfunded donations directly on support to those we serve. We intend to continue that way.
The weekly Skywalk bundle we provide costs £3.50 per person or £53,000 to serve 15,000 people from Nov 23 to Mar 24. The remainder of our target £22,000 is allocated to the services below.
On-demand items: Our teams take orders from individuals and deliver the following week for items such as shoes, clothing, coats, sleeping bags and tents.
High-impact items: Some items can make a big difference, such as glasses, wheelchairs and travel tickets to reconnect a person with family and friends.
Emergencies: When someone is deemed exposed to high risk, such as hyperthermia, sexual abuse or pregnant women, we provide emergency overnight stays in hostels.
We constantly seek out opportunities for supplies donations from our volunteer network, social media channels and partners to keep our costs down and recycle preloved items. Examples include Barings Bank/Thomas Franks Foundation (food), Rohan/Stand4Socks/4BYSIX (clothing), The Crown Estate/Punjab Restaurant/We Are Waterloo (storage space), Havas Media/NBCUniversal (marketing/media support).
Other ways to help
- Sleeping bag: to donate, use our Amazon Wishlist
- Personal message: send a message of hope. We will share your message with several hundred homeless friends over Christmas. To do this, contact the campaign organiser below with your message.
- Share our campaign: use the “Share” button (below the “Donate Now” button at the top of this page).
Together, we can rewrite the narrative
To thriving. No longer just surviving
With conversation, with compassion, with collaboration
It starts with just you
And ends in a growing compassionate community.
Your support is crucial to continue our efforts to keep people alive and to keep changing lives.
With love and gratitude
Under One Sky
See our work in action in the trailer for the documentary I'M STILL HERE made in association with Under One Sky.