Monthly Archives: December 2014

Helping Homeless People in Shepherd’s Bush and Beyond

Helping Homeless People in Shepherd’s Bush and Beyond

You may have heard of two charities that help homeless people locally and across London and beyond: St Mungo’s and Broadway. Well, this year they merged to become St Mungo’s Broadway and they now provide a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk and work to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year. One of the charity’s eight housing projects in the borough has been near to Shepherd’s Bush Market in W12 for some years. Now, homeless people who have a local connection are set to move to a newly developed hostel, also in the area, called Hope Gardens. They support men and women through more than 250 projects, including hostels and semi-independent housing in Hammersmith & Fulham. They also provide advice services, specialist physical and mental health services and skills and work services. In addition, from a base in Shepherds Bush, St Mungo’s Broadway manages a national telephone referral service called StreetLink.

Street Link Logo

Street Link Logo

This is scheme funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Greater London Authority (GLA), and delivered by Homeless Link, which offers members of the public a way to contact services if they are concerned about someone sleeping rough and want to connect them with local services. People can call 0300 500 0914 or use the StreetLink app, leave some details, and the StreetLink team then pass those on the local outreach workers in the respective areas. Latest figures released by the GLA show that a total of 2,704 people slept rough in London between July and September this year – a 15% increase on the same period last year. More than half, 54%, of people contacted over these three months were new rough sleepers.

Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s Broadway, said: “It is shocking that we are continuing to see regular and steep rises in the numbers of people sleeping rough in London. “Whilst it’s true that many are being supported to quickly come off the streets through projects like No Second Night Out, the reality is that more people find themselves in the desperate situation where the streets are the only option.“

Howard Sinclair also urged the public to show support too, especially as colder, wetter weather sets in. “Sleeping rough can be harmful and dangerous to people’s health at the best of times. In colder wintery weather, it can be life-threatening. Outreach services like ours work to support people off the streets and into accommodation as quickly as possible.

Find out more about St Mungo’s Broadway campaign, Homeless Health Matters. Research has shown that:

73% OF HOMELESS PEOPLE HAVE A PHYSICAL HEALTH PROBLEM

• 80% OF HOMELESS PEOPLE HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM

• THE AVERAGE AGE OF MEN WHO DIE WHILST HOMELESS IS 47, FOR WOMEN IT IS 43.

Howard Sinclair said: “Homelessness hurts. Homeless people have some of the highest levels of poor health in our society but yet find it most difficult to access the help they need.” St Mungo’s Broadway have launched this campaign to demand action to improve the health of some of the most vulnerable.

Here at Shepherd’s Bush Market we recognise the vital support service that St Mungo’s Broadway provides for local people, and look forward to working in partnership with them in the coming year.

St Mungo's Broadway

St Mungo’s Broadway

Meet the Traders: Fletcher’s Fruit and Veg

Meet the Traders: Fletcher’s Fruit and Veg

Sylvia Fletcher and her husband Sam have been running Fletcher’s Fruit and Veg for 55 years and her son John, 54, was almost born in the market! They retired a few years ago to leave John to take the reins of the family business and still like to pop in to help out at busy times such as Christmas.

We braved the wintery weather to have a chat with Sylvia about life as a market trader. Amongst other things, she told us what they sell over the years has changed ‘We just used to sell potatoes, onions, greens, that kind of thing, now we sell okra, sweet potatoes, red peppers, chilli peppers and all sorts now’

During the festive season you’ll also find real Christmas trees and holly wreaths, which are displayed right at the front of the stall spilling out onto Goldhawk Road.

Fletcher's Fruit and Veg

Fletcher’s Fruit and Veg

ON CUSTOMERS: ‘We know all our regular customers by name; it’s a fun place to be, they’re not just your customers, they’re
your friends, they bring us home-made cakes, sweets, all sorts over the years.
The customers that buy the most are the local schools and restaurants, Ravenscroft School buys all their fruit and veg from us as
do many of the local cafes and restaurants’

ON BEING A MARKET TRADER: ‘Being out in the fresh air, not working in a stuffy office – especially in the summer, even though I’m officially retired I still come to the market to browse and have a chat.’ ‘It’s hard work, people think it’s easy but it’s not. John is up at 6am every morning to go and pick up the fruit and veg in
Hayes ready to open here at 8am. We close at 5:30 pm so it’s a long day’

Shepherd's Bush Market Stall

Sylvia still likes to help out on the stall

WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE MARKET? ‘You know why this market was created? It was for the war, after the war, when the soilders were coming back and might not have a job. They created this market for them to shop and work – they said there would always be a market here.’

Sylvia is right, Shepherd’s Bush Market will always be here. Next year will bring the biggest level of investment the market has ever seen, and through it all the market will remain open for business.

A big thanks to Sylvia and Sam for taking time out of their day to share their stories and opinions with us.

Christmas at Shepherd’s Bush Market

Christmas at Shepherd’s Bush Market

You can get everything you need for the festive season here at Shepherd’s Bush Market. Decorate your home in style with real Christmas trees and holly wreaths, or, if it’s Christmas lights, decorations and homewares you’re after there’s a variety on sale throughout the market.

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You will also find novelty Christmas jumpers for all the family, perfect for wearing on a cold winter’s day or giving as a gift. You’ll also see everything from children’s toys and games to watches and jewellery, so there really is a present for everyone.

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Then there’s the food. Pick up meat from the butchers, fish from the fishmongers, a wealth of fresh fruit and veg, nuts and sweets, plus all those little extras from the grocers. Take a walk through the market and see how much you can buy locally this Christmas.

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A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the traders and staff at Shepherd’s Bush Market!