ABOUT US AND WHAT WE DO
Giving Hands operates in Brierley Hill Dudley, West Midlands. The Dudley Borough is one of the most deprived boroughs in England (Indices of Deprivation, 2015). Report shows that within the borough 31,646 people, representing about 10% of the population live in the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in England.
For the past five (5) years, we have been helping the homeless, rough sleepers, the unemployed, the poor and needy, those with severe debt problems, those leaving hostels and rehab centres, those fleeing domestic violence, those with health problems, those who are socially isolated, the underprivileged and disadvantaged, those addicted to substances, those in severe depression, those in crisis, and all those within our reach whose lives are a struggle due to the hardship that they face daily.
The following is a summary of the statistics of people we supported in 2018: 67% were homeless, 42% were rough sleepers, 76% were unemployed, 41% had debt issues, 41% were fleeing domestic violence or leaving hostels, 22% had a disability and 12% had mental health issues. 85% of the people we have supported are families in need, living below the poverty line. We operate based on our Christian ethos and believe in Jesus Christ. As part of our core values, we are committed to improving the quality of life of people irrespective of religion, race, gender, age and sexual orientation.
Evidence to show the need for the project
As at December 2018, we have supported up to 5,279 people. In addition, we prevented 89 households from being made homeless, totalling 356 people. 74% of our service users were helped food, toiletries, clothing and household items. 52% were given sleeping bags, mattresses, and beddings. 16% we provided advice or referred to partner agencies for specialised support. As a way of reaching out to families in need that have children, 42% were helped with the provision of toys. 100% of the referring organizations that work with us report that the support provided by us has made a positive impact on the lives of their clients.
Recently, in January 2019, due to the positive impact we are making in the community, the West Midlands Police appointed us as one of the Third Party Reporting Centres where victims of hate crimes who are reluctant to report directly to the Police can approach, so we can help the victims in reporting the incident via True Vision, the online reporting site for hate crimes.
Our range of services and support provided
We address the immediate needs of the needy and homeless people by providing food, fruits, clothing, sleeping bags, furniture and household items to families and individuals who are living in poverty in order for them to step into a better and more comfortable way of living.
Detailed activities and services we provide
We have been providing our service users with free hot meals and drinks. Food parcels and toiletries are provided through our foodbank and soup kitchen facility to users. Also provided are clothing and shoes, beddings, sheets, mattresses and sleeping bag, household items and furniture. We offer a variety of workshops/courses such as in art and educational options e.g. numeracy and literacy. All our services are provided free of charge to all our service users.
Outcome of the project
The planned outcome of our project is to help the homeless, the poor and needy, and aged people to attain a better quality of life. The key outcome will be supporting them to develop their independence, develop their self-confidence, increase their ability to tackle setbacks, improve their ability to identify and change negative behaviour and generally to have improved and better lives.