Unite Students Brunel House team raise money for Bristol’s homeless

On Tuesday the RG Group site team at our Unite Students Brunel House project in Bristol hosted a fund raising event for Community Interest Company, ‘Help Bristol’s Homeless’. The charity’s vision is to develop a site with ten shipping containers, converted into self-contained studio flats, providing temporary accommodation until a service user can find a more permanent home. This vision is rapidly coming into focus as a number of units have already been completed.

The event took place in the site canteen during morning break and we were lucky enough to have founder and Managing Director, Jasper Thompson, speak to everyone about what HBH do and how we can all help.

While we tucked in to our hot soup and rolls Jasper explained the ethos that drives HBH;

“Unlike other homeless charities, our ethos is that housing must come first, and then everything else comes after. Many complex factors can lead to homelessness, and while it is true that these issues need to be resolved to keep people off the street, we believe that the priority must be to get people into safe, stable and comfortable accommodation. From there, we can help them to improve their own lives and reach their potential.”

Money was raised during the morning but Jasper was also keen to enlist volunteer tradesmen to help convert the containers ready to be lived in. The charity relies on volunteer labour and skilled people to give up some of their free time to make the vision a reality.

If you would like to make a donation or become a volunteer please visit the HBH website: helpbristolshomeless.co.uk.

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