Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Update on Homeless Panjabis in Southall...

Message from S.W.A.T (Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team):

We have had great response from yourselves with a lot of you wanting to help, we are going to set up 4 designated teams, so that we can move forward with more structure. The four areas that we have to target are Outreach, Fundraising, Clothes Collection and Administration.

Please get back to me if you can volunteer in the following teams-

Outreach Team:- (Males) Going to visit the homeless at around 9 or 10pm every night and taking them clothes and food/hot drinks etc.

Clothes Collection Teams:- For those of you who have cars, to go around collecting clothes and then sorting them in our storage hall.

Fundraising Team:- This is very important as we need to get funds together ASAP, so any people who have fundraising experience, ideas or are just willing to collect money in fundraising buckets out in Southall Broadway, Ealing, Uxbridge etc.

Admin Team:- Those of you who could help with preparing documents or filling client forms.

Please contact me to let me know as we need to get these guys off the streets now.

Telephone: 07943118441

Just to let you know that at our meeting on Wednesday 30th December 2009 we collected £386.79 and on New Year's Eve we collected £672.31, giving a total of £1059.10.

We are pleased to confirm that we have housed 1 client and are currently looking for other rooms so we can put a roof over the head of others.

We are currently eagerly waiting for any Pharmacists to get in touch with us so we can start getting some medicines for these guys.

There is a clothes drop-off point allocated at Guru Amar Das Gurdwara Clifton Road Southall. PLEASE make sure you only leave CLEAN men's clothes (jackets, jumpers, jeans, joggers, t-shirts) please do not leave shoes here. If the box is full please don't just leave them on the floor, instead give me a call and I will arrange to get them collected from you.

Those of you who are not from Southall or surrounding areas give me a call and I will arrange to get the clothes picked up.

We are also going to start a help desk at this Gurdwara Sahib which anybody can come to if they have any questions or want assistance in anyway between 10am-3pm every Sunday starting 7th February...

We have made a major breakthrough with Singh Sabha Gurudwara in Southall. They have invited us to a meeting where they will be forming a Sub Committee to tackle this very important homeless issue. Members of S.W.A.T have been invited to sit on this committee to formulate ideas and action them through our volunteers. The sangat's support means everything, please attend this meeting to show your support. Saturday 9th January 2010 @ Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Havelock Road, Southall, Hall 2 - 6.15pm

Help the SOUTHALL SIKH Homeless - S.W.A.T (Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team) can also be found on Facebook - PLEASE JOIN AND HELP.

Thank you.

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