For the homeless in Derby there is not much cheer at Christmas, and the biting cold weather of winter, means that staying warm and being fed is the only purpose in life. Feeling the spirit of the yuletide season is a distant luxury.
Street Safe @PACE have been operating for just over a year providing hot food, and other necessities, in the centre of Derby, to those who are homeless, rough sleeping and the vulnerable. For their second Christmas/winter period they are promoting an initiative to give 100+ people a bag of items that will make life a little more bearable over the next few months – plus a selection box of chocolates to give them a hint, and reminder of a popular Christmas tradition – and perhaps happier times.
Radio Derby had offered to provide some substantial practical support with this project by collecting donated items as part of an “Alternative Advent Calendar” idea. Caroline Dwyer, one of the founders of the group, was interviewed earlier in the week, on live radio, as part of its launch. Curiously, within a day, the station advised them that they had decided to withdraw their offer of support as they felt that they couldn’t be seen to favour one group over any of the others. This logic doesn’t really make any sense, and raises more questions than it answers. All previous references to Street Safe seem to have been removed from the Radio Derby Facebook page.
Despite this, the “show goes on”, and with a few weeks to go before Christmas, and a target of at least 100 bags to fund, they need the support of the general public.
Anyone can prepare a bag. The photos below are the recommended contents. 1 for men, 1 for women
Items in them are hat, gloves, scarf, socks/tights/leggings, underwear, foil blanket or sleeping bag, biscuits, chocolate, tissues, wipes, hand warmers all in a draw string bag with a selection box.
There is an open day at Street Safe @PACE on the 19th December from 11am – 3pm where bags can be dropped off.
Jubilee Business Park
07739 653 793
The team can be contacted if it is better to drop off at another time.
If it’s not convenient to buy all of the items, then there are other options. Each full bag costs around £10.
- Money can be donated through the Street Safe Go Fund Me site, and the team will buy the items, and make up the bag:
- Specific items can be bought through the Amazon Wish-list, then the team will make up the bag:
Updates can be found on the Twitter account : @
At around £10 a bag, it is well within the reach of many who will be over-indulging in the next 4 weeks and enjoying a warm winter, inside, …sleeping comfortably, away from the streets.
Categories: Food Distribution