Charity

The Felix Project Needs Your Donations!

The Felix Project Needs Your Donations!

We’ve teamed up with The Felix Project and we need your donations!

Bishop of London's along with other faith leaders visit St Laurence's Larder, Brondesbury, where they help with the unloading of food from a Felix van....

Bishop of London’s along with other faith leaders visit St Laurence’s Larder, Brondesbury, where they help with the unloading of food from a Felix van….

For those not in the know, The Felix Project is an organisation that collects surplus food and delivers to charities tackling food poverty. (this is where we come in…)

The organisation was set up by Justin Byam Shaw to commemorate his late son Felix, after his untimely passing in 2014. Felix was known for his compassion and his parent’s wished to create something he would be proud of to continue his legacy, and so, The Felix Project was born.

Sadiq Khan delivering food to St Mungo's charity in a Felix van in support of the ES Food for London campaign.... Sadiq handing out the fresh produce out the back of the van to St Mungo residents.....

Sadiq Khan delivering food to St Mungo’s charity in a Felix van in support of the ES Food for London campaign…. Sadiq handing out the fresh produce out the back of the van to St Mungo residents…..

So, from the 28th – 31st of December we will be collecting food donations from our customers and traders in order to help tackle food poverty within the UK this season.

We hope that you will all have plenty to donate to help those in need this time of year. If you would like to donate, please make your way to the Market Manager’s Office and leave your contribution with a member of the team.

The MM office is located 6 stalls in to the left from the Goldhawk Road entrance of the market, please feel free to ask any trader as they will be able to point you in the right direction.

There are guidelines in place what can and can’t be donated, please see below;

Please donate any items from the following;

  • Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
  • Dried goods ie pasta, rice etc
  • Wrapped/Packaged bread, pastries and cakes (no loose loaves/rolls or cakes)
  • Tinned food
  • Packet goods ie soups, mixes etc
  • Jars ie sauces, jams etc

Please do not donate;

  • Meat Products
  • Fish Products
  • Anything past it’s sell by date

We will stop taking donations on the 31st December.

This a great cause and a fantastic alternative to throwing out any food you feel you may longer need. Don’t forget to tweet us and let us know what you’ve donated!!

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