Since 2012 Under One Sky has supported more than 3000 people living on the streets of London. Over the coming winter months, we hope to reach another 1000 homeless during our night walks.
Our work is inspiring others to join the Under One Sky family with events being planned in Cambridge (UK), Madrid, and Boston (US).
In the last 12 months 9000 slept rough
in London - an increase of 18%. Deaths among homeless in England and Wales increased by 22% to 726 in the same period.
Under One Sky is a 100% volunteer run
collective of 450 passionate people with full-time jobs and families. At our most recent events, more than 10% of volunteers were children and teenagers. Our founding principle is that humanity is ONE family
regardless of nationality, race, religion, class or any other label.
On cold winter nights we meet the homeless in a spirit of compassion and with a genuine desire to connect. To make them feel they belong in this world
just as much as anyone else. Letting them know they have not been forgotten.
We distribute life support packages
: food, clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags, gift cards, books, and messages of hope and light for those living in some dark times in their lives. The gift cards can be used to buy tents, winter clothing, or other necessities – they are a life saver. Our mantra: “For a better tomorrow, you must survive today”.
We are completely reliant on private funds
, and every penny we raise goes directly to the homeless people we serve. Your donation will be used to buy gift cards and supplies.You Will Make A DifferenceWe can’t wait to bring your donation to those who are fighting every day to simply stay alive.
Our first winter event this year will take place on the night of Saturday 14th December where we will support at least 250 homeless people.
If you are not able to donate, then we would love for you to share our campaign using the “Share” button
(below the “Donate Now” button) or using this link: www.gofundme.com/f/underonesky-homelessaid2020
It is also possible to support by donating sleeping bags using our Amazon Wish list
Finally, you are welcome to send us a message for us to share with the homeless – simply contact us on this page.
To learn more about the potential impact of your support…read below about:
- Two homeless men we helped get off the streets and into jobs recently
- Our aim to raise awareness about the realities of homelessness
- Our "Very Important Homeless Person" entertainment events launching in 2020 “At least we are under the same sky – you and I.”
Ranata SuzukiCampaign Team
Under One Sky helps bring a voice to the homeless
, when often it feels as though nobody is listening. By telling their stories we hope to raise awareness to the realities about what being homeless truly means. We aim to educate and inspire more people to reach out and take action.
In early 2020 we will launch our first Very Important Homeless Person
(VIHP) event. An afternoon of food and entertainment (music, talks, comedy) exclusively for the homeless – a moment to feel “normal”. We have support from a major music company who will help source artists, and a UK comedy streaming platform.The real impact your support can have….
Last year, our Embankment team met Robert, who to their surprise was working for UberEats despite sleeping on the streets. He used our £30 gift card to buy a mobile charger for his bicycle so he would no longer lose out on income when charging his phone. The team were so impressed with Robert that we looked for other ways to support him. One afternoon we told his story on Facebook with a call out for job opportunities and housing. In a few hours he had four job interviews and two people offering him free temporary housing. Robert moved in the next day and had a job a week later. We also sponsored him so he could visit his mother who was diagnosed with cancer.
Two years ago, our Oxford Street team met a young homeless man named Singh and changed his life immediately. With their encouragement and a £30 gift card he bought a mobile phone and contacted his family. Our team were also able to arrange a job interview. Within six days Singh had a flat and a job. One year later he joined the same Oxford Street team that had helped him, to support other homeless people. Since then, Singh has been promoted twice at work, and is now saving up to buy a property.We have heard many heart-breaking street stories over the years but often told by people with immense life spark. We have brought many smiles, hugs, and lifesaving supplies to those same people and we hope to bring many more this winter with your help.