This month we’re helping our client, homelessness prevention charity HOMELINK, to launch a celebrity-backed community challenge ahead of this year’s World Homeless Day.
TV presenter and interior designer Linda Barker is supporting the launch of ‘Home is where the craft is’, along with fellow ‘Changing Rooms’ presenter and designer Oliver Heath.
‘Makers’ of all ages and ability are being invited to get creative at home, either on their own or with family and friends, in order to make and donate a handcrafted item for the home or garden. All types and styles of crafty creations are welcome as challenge donations – from paintings and upcycled furniture, to homemade quilts, knitted throws, ceramics, mosaics, decorated flower pots and garden sculptures.
A selection of challenge entries will be put up for public auction on World Homeless Day, 10 October 2020, with proceeds going to #homes4families, a new HOMELINK campaign to support the work the charity does to provide homes for children and parents affected by homelessness – work that is anticipated to be even more in demand due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Families with children and parents separated from their children because of their housing situation make up a significant proportion of HOMELINK’s clients, with relationship breakdown, mental health issues, domestic violence and the loss of employment all factors that lead them to needing support.
"We have seen a concerning rise in applications for loans to help homeless families into housing during the Coronavirus pandemic"
Pippa Grace, HOMELINK Service Manager