During the winter of 2016 I used money I would of used to purchase Christmas presents to instead purchase useful items such as toiletries and thermal clothing. I packaged these items up in a freezer bag and gave them out to people living on the streets of London. That year I made 150 basic survival kits that were delivered across the streets of London one November evening. This was the start of Winter Streets Project.
With £120 I made 150 basic Survival Kits, which contained a hat, gloves, socks, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a lip balm.
Last winter (2017) I raised awareness by fundraising and collecting donations in the form of items and/or money to create 462 survival kits full of toiletries, thermal clothing, rain macs, food, first aid items and stamped postcards and pens. Each kit contained 15 useful items to help someone living on the streets during the winter months. These 462 kits were delivered across London, Watford, Croydon, Chichester, Brighton, Portsmouth Southampton and Winchester.
Over 2018 and 2019 WSP made 1600 and delivered them across London, Watford, Croydon, Woking, Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Southampton, Bright and Hove, Bristol, Bath, Salisbury, Winchester, Oxford, Bournemouth, Eastbourne and Birmingham. A small batch were even sent to Glasgow, and handed out by a WSP volunteer.
In The Survival Kits:
Recycled Drawstring Bag
First Aid Items
At the beginning of 2020 we set out the plan of producing 1000 kits and adding the locations of Liverpool and Manchester. This plan was turned upside down by COVID-19. As many businesses struggled with the pandemic, we saw 95% of our donations dropped and had to make the tough decision of shutting Winter Streets Project down or doing a small number of kits, and hoping our funding improves for 2021.
During the winter months of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, we were able to make 200 kits which were delivered across London, Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, and Bristol. All these kits also included reusable face masks (with the WSP logo on) and information on COVID test centres and shelters that are still running in these difficult times.
Our goal for 2021 is to get back on target for 1000 kits. We have set up a new Collection Pot, which is up and running if you can spare a few pennies.
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