Personal Appeal to Help Boost Our Emergency Fund

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Over the past 6 months we have seen some rapid and extensive growth as our reach broadens throughout the North of England. We have launched further Regional Centre based activities throughout Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Tyne and Wear which takes the total number of disadvantaged people that we are currently supporting over 500. This figure doesn’t include secondary beneficiaries who we regularly provide emotional and practical support for as relations and families of our service users.

Due to the increased number of people we support plus the continual economic struggles that our beneficiaries face our need to provide emergency provision is on the rise. The amount of emergency food parcels, clothing bundles and overnight accommodation needed for our vulnerable, precious beneficiaries is more demanding than ever.

emergency fund logo smallLast year we appealed for financial donations to help us develop a fund in order to be able to respond to the emergency situations that many of our service users face. This fund is running very low and I want to appeal directly to you to help us replenish this fund to enable us to keep providing a responsive service in this area.

The emergency fund is literally for emergency purposes only. It is to fill a gap and provide for a need that no one else is able to provide for. Food banks are excellent and an absolute necessity for many people, but food banks have their limitations based on geography and opening hours. When someone is hungry they need to eat sooner rather than later. We want to provide for this need.

When someone presents themselves to us as homeless and are facing a night on the streets and emergency hostels and housing schemes can’t accommodate them, we want to put them up in a B&B in order to buy us 24 hours during which we can provide a more long-term solution.

Would you consider giving into this fund with a one-off donation:-

By Debit/Credit Card – Please click the Street Soccer Academy Emergency Fund logo above and follow the on-screen instructions

By Cheque – Payable to ‘Street Soccer Academy‘ and clearly marked ‘Emergency Fund‘ on the back. Postal Address:- Street Soccer Academy, Unit 1 Boundary Industrial Estate, Millfield Road, Bolton BL2 6QY

or by setting up a standing order?

Please contact our General Manager, Zoe Murphy to arrange this on T: 01204 417846 or E: zm@streetsocceracademy.co.uk

Here’s the difference your donation could make:

£10 – Travel costs to a safe haven in an emergency situation

£15 – Emergency food parcel for an individual until a food bank can be accessed

£30 – Emergency accommodation for an individual until contact can be made with housing provider

£40 – Emergency food parcel for a family with young children until a food bank can be accessed

£50 – Emergency accommodation for a family until contact can be made with housing provider

We have many stories of individuals for whom the Street Soccer Academy Emergency Fund has been the lifeline that stopped an emergency situation becoming a crisis and has provided the platform to go on and make positive changes through engagement with our Regional Centres. I hope you are able to help us be the lifeline that a growing number of our service users need.

Andrew

Author Andrew Thorp

Andrew founded the Street Soccer Academy concept in 2005 and under his leadership the work has developed into an award winning registered charity and innovative enterprise. Educated at Loughborough University, Andrew has a BSc Hons in Management Sciences and has experience as a tutor and assessor at Salford City College, responsible for the delivery of an NVQ 2 qualification in Teaching, Instructing and Training. He is also a UEFA 'B' qualified coach and has vast experience working in the professional and semi-professional football world at Rochdale AFC, Leigh RMI and Trafford FC. It is through his experience in these fields that the accredited education programmes have been formulated in order to significantly enhance the opportunities of Street Soccer Academy beneficiaries.

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