Recent Work

Check out what we have been up to recently…

Sunday 30th June 2024

A stressfully busy night, 183 people were supported tonight, and managed by a total of 24 selfless volunteers.

So many looked at the queue and felt disheartened some just looked at the long queue and decided not to wait. The team on foot with our trolley came across 41 people these were the numbers we would see on a Sunday night about 4 years ago.

Things were challenging with people with so many complex needs.

So many people that are not Leeds based asking to be housed, we had no option but to refer them back to their home cities as they have no local connections.

We have come away tonight exhausted but genuinely just worried for people as what would happen if we didn’t exist. It’s not just about feeding people, it’s about helping them to a hopeful future, but tonight challenged us.

We are grateful to everyone that supports Homeless Hampers as without you we can’t do what we do. In November Homeless Hampers will be 9 years old and we never imagined we would see what we see today.

We are privileged that we can continue to support the food banks and community hubs with food donations as we recognised the need to support as many as we can.

We continue to support the homeless breakfast club so breakfast can be provided to our homeless friends for five mornings a week.

made this week possible:

Thank you to Catherine for provided hearty chicken casserole, which the guys loved.

Thank you to Kirsten for her delicious baking and the hot meal for tonight.

As always thank you to the woods for donating pizza, the guys love your pizza. Thank you for all you do.

Thank you to Penny for donations of bread and thank you to Dawn for ensuring we receive the kind donation.

Thank you to Monica for donating cooked meals which were distributed to the guys on the walk around.

Thank you to the Leeds 11 Sikh temple for supporting us with meals, we really are blessed to have your support.

Thank you to Punjabi Heaven for donating a Curry and Rice, your support is always appreciated.

Thank you to Singh restaurant for helping us support the homeless hostels and the B&B’s accommodating our homeless community.

Jo Saul and Elodie for the lovely home baked cakes

Thank you to all the supermarkets for donating us their surplus waste as it helps us support a few hundred people each week.

Thank to Morrison for donating a cages of much needed tinned non perishable foods for our food hampers.

Thank you to Alpkits for sending us a box of sleeping bags this week, they were all distributed.

Thank you to our team in Bradford for all their hard work with deliveries of food donations.

We are grateful to all volunteers for everything they do.💛

Sunday 16th June 2024

Firstly we would like to wish all the fathers that came out and volunteered with us tonight, we wish you all a happy father day. We were a bit thin on the ground tonight with volunteer numbers, but the team were amazing as again another evening of high attendances, tonight we supported 172, some of our volunteers commented on hope we don’t reach 200 and some mentioned they found the evening exhausting. We just can’t do what we do without our volunteers. Humbly grateful to everyone that makes each week possible.

Walking around the city centre we came across 53 people, each and everyone grateful, sadly one individual was so hungry he finished his meal within minutes, we offered him a second and gave him a sandwich and snacks to eat later.

We came across 4 street homeless individuals who had positioned themselves across the road from a big screen so they could watch the football match. We gave them a meal, drinks and snacks, even as difficult as life is we walked away and felt their contentment even if it was just for tonight.

We came across a gentleman sleeping in a doorway just on a layer of carrier bags. We asked him to follow us down to the van so he could collect some bedding.

We completely understand that everyone should have a choice as to where they live but tonight an individual spoke to us about how he was placed in a shared house but he wasn’t happy with his house mate and left the property, we tried explaining things are difficult as there is such a shortage of suitable accommodation and sometimes people are having to make some very difficult decisions and he decided he couldn’t live where he was placed.

We are taking phone calls from the police on a Sunday morning as they have come across people needing to be accommodated urgently over the weekend.

Our Sunday’s are just part of the support we offer every week as volunteers.

Our usual support into the hostels, food banks, community hubs and the St Anne’s breakfast club continued and each week we are contacted to support more people in crisis.

We thank all our supporters and volunteers for all their support without each and every one of you we can’t offer the support we do. We do what we do because we care.

Team Hampers 💛

Sunday 9th June 2024

A really busy night another increase in numbers tonight we supported 176 people, as previously mentioned this is an increase of 100 people from this time last year. There may have been many more but some didn’t want to wait in the long queue. Fortunately from all the support we receive we were able to ensure everyone received a hot meal but we served 25 litres in hot drinks tonight. The team really worked hard.

These numbers are worrying as our activities into the community hubs and food banks has increased.

A lot people asking for sleeping bags and blankets.

A few people walking around just in socks. Not only did the team look after our service users the also took care of several pets, we provided water and dog food. Light on number of volunteers but the team were amazing. Lots people thanked us for coming out to support them tonight.

The team on foot came across several people asking for a place to stay and again they were busy and ran out of meals. A real challenging time for so many.

A big thank you to all the wonderful people that support us every week.

Paul and his team from the woods Chapel Allerton they donate pizzas every Sunday night.

The Burley brownies and Linz for the home baking, enjoyed by everyone.

We also thank Sharon and the Burley Brownies for collecting toys and books for a family we have been supporting, we managed to drop the books and toys with the family and tears on mum face and the smiles on the children’s face really said it all, the youngest boy thanked us and stated I won’t be bored any more as you and the brownies have given him so much, the girls excitement over the toys was heart warming.

Leeds 11 Sikh temple for the meals they donated.

Steve has supported Homeless Hampers for sometime and we are so grateful for the meals he prepares, the donations of non perishable food and toiletries.

Thank you to Singhs restaurant as your meals help us support the Homeless Hostels

Thank you to Punjabi Heaven for your continued support.

The Menston scouts for the chicken curry and bean stew.

Just a heartfelt thank you to you all as we can’t do what we do without your support.

Once again we thank our selfless volunteers for all their hard work. 💛

Sunday 19th May 2024

It’s worrying to experience another night of increasing numbers tonight 167 people accessed our service tonight. This time last year our numbers were in the 80’s, we never envisaged anything like this. Sadly we ran out of hot food tonight.

Sadly tonight we came across an individual that we supported when Homeless Hampers started, over 7 years ago. He had been housed so, we were taken back to see him back sleeping rough. Some months ago he told us afford to pay the bills and buy food hence the reason he still visited us, so now it seems, his tenants agreement has completely failed. Really sad to see this has happen.

So many new faces we have never seen, so many on housing waiting list for home to just become available. So many people sofa surfing and are finding friends and family can’t put them up for long. A really difficult time for so many.

This week we supported 4 people with home support, we donated 2 washing machines, a electric cooker, beds, microwave, Tv, Hoover

and paint.

We continued our support into the food banks. We supported Homeless breakfast club.

Tonight we were thanked by an individual for supporting hundreds of people each week, a statement up until now we have never thought of. The team work incredibly hard each and every week, but these are challenging times.

A big thank you to all the wonderful people that support us every week.

Paul and his team from the woods Chapel Allerton they donate pizzas every Sunday night.

Catherine cooks for the community we support and everyone enjoys her cooking.

Thank you to our very own champion baker Linz, Saul and Sandra for baking fresh cakes not only for our homeless community, but enough for our volunteers, a treat for all.

Steve has supported Homeless Hampers for sometime and we are so grateful for the meals he prepares, the donations of non perishable food and toiletries.

Thank to Penny for donating cake and crisps, thank you to Dawn for delivering.

Thank you to Singhs restaurant as your meals help us support the Homeless Hostels

Thank you to Punjabi Heaven for your continued support.

30 pre packed food parcels from members of the Bradford Hindu Council we are humbly grateful.

Once again we thank our selfless volunteers for all their hard work. ❤️

Sunday 12th May 2024

It’s worrying how our numbers are growing each week, tonight we hit our highest number of people that came to us for support, 165 people attended our static support or came across the team on the walked around with our trolleys full of food and hot and cold drinks.

I normally stay at base but tonight decided to join the team that walk around, it was overwhelming to see so many new faces. The guys were exhausted and dehydrated from walking around in the hot weather everyone just asked for cold drinks, people asked for reusable water bottles. Some were really hungry, others felt it was too hot to eat. An individual that we haven’t seen for a year or two collected a meal and as he walked away I wished him well mentioning his name he was taken back that after all this time I still remember his name, this saddened me, and he asked how do you still remember my name but, I jokingly responded I never forget a friendly face, he walked away smiling, my thoughts of course you are important and we care enough to remember your name.

Another lady came to us limping and carrying an expression of pain on her face, we questioned her expression and she removed her shoes to show us the large blisters on the soles of her feet, she had spent the day walking miles. At times like this we feel helpless.

We arrived back at base to a long queue of people, still waiting to be fed, it was just a horrendously busy evening. For Aky and I this our eighth year of running Homeless Hampers and even we wonder where does it all stop, we are grateful that we have the support of all our incredible volunteers.

A previously homeless friend, now housed is letting an individual sofa surf for a few days visited us tonight, after speaking to both, they told us of how the individual had become homeless after losing his son at 9 months and marriage break down, he ended up homeless, when he’s not sofa surfing he sleeps in a hidden location in the woods. We offered to make enquiries about shared accommodation to see if we can help him out of his unfortunate circumstances, he was really taken back after meeting us for the first time that we have offered to help, he was overwhelmed and stood and told us that he had often thought of taking his own life. We have ensured we will do everything we can to help.

This week we visited the family we spoke about last week, we donated sofas, tables chairs, bedroom furniture, appliances. The children full of excitement helped carry the items in. We could see a complete empty house turning into a home for the young family. As mentioned previously this was an awful case of control and cruelty confirmed by a statement mum made, she and her children had not sat on a sofa for four years. We have come across some shocking cases but nothing like this one. Mum sent us a message once we left.

This week we bought 16 washing machines already allocated to the back log of referrals we have received.

All our weekly activities have continued as the do each week

Breakfast food items donated to the St Anne’s breakfast club.

Food donations delivered to the homeless hostels in Leeds and Bradford.

Our donation provided to the food banks and community larders.

Thank you to Karen for cooking up a hearty chicken casserole always popular with our service users.

As always thank you to the woods for donating pizza, the guys love your pizza. You have been supporting us for nearly two years.

Thank you to Steve for his amazing continued support.

Thank you to the Leeds 11 Sikh temple for supporting us with meals.

Thank you to the Hindu temple in Bradford for their generous donation of meals, really helped with the high volume of numbers tonight.

Thank you to Punjabi Heaven for donating an abundance of food, we were able to fill take away containers so people had meals to see them through for a few days, your support is always appreciated.

Thank you to Singh restaurant for helping us support the homeless hostels and the B&B’s accommodating our homeless community.

Thank you to Jo, Elodie, Saul and Kirsten for the delicious home baking we served with cream.

A special mention to all the supermarkets M&S, Sainsburys & Morrisons for their amazing food donations.

Together we will make a difference.💛

Sunday 5th May 2024

Two weeks in a row the numbers visiting us hit over 150 people visited not all homeless, some with homes, that just can’t afford to buy food. We ensure no one goes away hungry.

We are pleased to say that we spoke to a few people that have finally been housed but so many of them have nothing to help them set up their new homes. We spoke to a gentleman who is over 6ft tall and sadly sleeping in a bed fit for a child, not ideally but he states it’s better than sleeping on a pavement. We will provide a suitable bed as everyone deserves one.

Last Sunday a gentleman we have known from the start of Homeless Hampers and been housed for several years visited us tonight, stating he is to embarrassed to ask but he is finding it a really struggle to buy food, we had to say don’t be embarrassed, we have a long term relationship and as long as we can help, it keeps a roof over your head.

This week we were asked to support a mother and her children. We remain respectful of everyone we support and can’t say too much of this case, but this is a D&V case and probably one of the saddest we have been involved in. We were asked to provide items to help set up a new, we filled our small van and visited the family with some items. We found the property was completely bare not even a chair for the family to sit on. We will be returning this week to provide as much as we can to make the young family comfortable. We receive hundreds referrals to support and each everyone is important, but every so often we get one like this that wrenches the heart strings. We are privileged and humble to be able to help.

We supported several food bank this week, please keep donating food donations it’s helping us to support hundreds of people each week.

We ensured the breakfast club is well stocked with bread, milk, tea, coffee, jam and cereal. This week we also donated much needed toiletries.

Thank you to our teams that deliver meals into the homeless hostels, B&Bs in Leeds and Bradford. If there is anyone in the Bradford area that drives and wants to join the Bradford team with delivery please contact us via our website.

Steve for cooking a spicy bean stew as well as donating non perishable food.

Thank you to Jo, Elodie and Saul for baking homemade cakes

Thank you Karen/ Catherine we are really grateful for all your support your chicken stew went down a treat.

Thank you to the Leeds 11 Sikh temple for supporting us with meals every week and just as important donating much needed disposable cups, containers and cutlery.

As always thank you to Punjabi Heaven for donating Dahl and Rice, really warm and enjoyed by all.

Thank you to Singh restaurant for helping us support the homeless hostels and the B&B’s accommodating our homeless community.

The two of us would like to thank our selfless volunteers for giving up their bank holiday Sunday to come out and help us support the community at the core of our hearts. 💛

Sunday 21st April 2024

Another night of high numbers, for both teams at our static location and for the team on foot with our trolleys, at the static location we had 82 people waiting and team on foot came across 47 towards the end we ran out of meals and as we will not let anyone go away hungry, we ended up buying meals.

One individual has been sleeping rough for 2 years has finally been offered a flat and has asked for support to furnish, we would be happy to help. So we have asked him to ask his key worker to submit a referral. Once settled he has asked us to help him with employment, fortunately two companies have started partnership working with Homeless Hampers and are both willing to trail individuals we refer for employment. This is a really positive move for us. As we want people to develop the skill of helping themselves.

We ended the night by sitting on the pavement and comforting a rough sleeper finding things very difficult and kept repeating I can’t do this anymore and we knew that he needs a bit respite off the streets, so we booked him into a hotel, so he could shower and sleep in a warm bed. We asked him to report to housing on Monday for further support. (We are pleased to say we have contacted him and he is grateful that we reached out at his lowest point and he is in a much better frame of mind and has contacted housing for further support). We can’t provide homes but it knowing the desperation of individuals and making the right decision even if it’s a few nights off the streets and providing people with the information to support them. We know things are difficult but providing a warm bed for this this individual really helped.

Who made this week possible:

Thank you to Karen for provided hearty chicken casserole and a sausage, which the guys loved.

As always thank you to the woods for donating pizza, the guys love your pizza. Thank you for all you do.

Thank you to the Leeds 11 Sikh temple for supporting us with meals, we really are blessed to have your support.

Thank you to Punjabi Heaven for donating a Curry and Rice, your support is always appreciated.

Thank you to Singh restaurant for helping us support the homeless hostels and the B&B’s accommodating our homeless community.

Kirsten for the delicious crumble and custard.

Jo Saul and Elodie for the lovely home baked cakes

Thank you to all the supermarkets for donating us their surplus waste as it helps us support a few hundred people each week.

Thank to Morrison for donating a cage of much needed tinned non perishable foods for our food hampers.

Thank you to our team in Bradford for all their hard work with deliveries of food donations.

We are grateful to all volunteers for everything they do.💛

Sunday 31st March 2024

Busy evening as usual tonight, but thank you to our volunteers for joining us on an Easter Sunday and making tonight possible.

Our team on foot returned with complete empty trolleys

Our team in the distributing clothes were equally busy.

We also distributed Easter eggs to every person that visited us tonight, one individual become

A bit emotional as this is the first Easter without a home and without his family, another can’t for his own circumstances can’t live his mother but was going to see her later so took away as Easter Egg for her.

Another individual to asked could we help him find a job, willing to do anything even though he is homeless, we asked him what previous experience was and he stated electrical components. So we have taken his contact number and already started making enquiries.

The individual who’s wounds we dressed returned to show us his hands and how much better they look even though he didn’t take our advice to seek professional medical attention.

It’s good to spend time just talking to people to see other then feeding and clothing them what other practical support we can offer them.

This we a little thin on the ground with volunteers that could deliver furniture and appliances so we where unable to deliver any.

The team continued with food support into the hostels and the food banks.

This week we need to thank Sandeep, for her donations of food for our food parcels. She did this in memory of her late husband Jasvinder Singh Basra. Sandeep spoke to us about his kind acts towards our homeless community and he never walked pass a homeless person without providing a meal or giving them some change. A selfless soul. It was completely our pleasure to distribute the food in his memory, the team handed each item out themselves to people with homes that our struggling.

Tonight we served who helped us make it possible:

Rice and Chickpea curry Thank you to Punjabi Heaven.

Bean stew complimentary of Steve. As always thank you.

Dhal thank you to The Sikh Temple in Leeds 11, we also thank you for providing disposable cutlery.

Thank you Catherine for cooking up a delicious chicken and vegetable stew.

Thank you to Ravinder for donating chicken curry and rice which were able to hand out as takeaway meals.

Thank to Notay Convenient Stores for donating Homeless Hampers non perishable food items.

Singh’s for Rice & Lentils which we distribute into the hostels.

Thank you to Anthony and Graham for baking for tonight.

Thank you to Dawn at the Coffee Tree in Burley for donating pastries.

Once again a humble thank you to our volunteers for making each and every week possible.

Hampers 💛

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