We’ve wanted to organise a sleepout for ages, but with a global pandemic to contend with, plus being a very small charity that absolutely cannot afford the time, costs, and risk associated with organising such an event, we thought a Phoenix Foundation sleepout was just a dream…
Enter our friends at Everton in the Community, who have very kindly given us the opportunity to team up with them for their sleepout at Goodison Park on November 19th!
Supporters of Phoenix Foundation will now be able to brave the cold and bed down for the night in the Sir Philip Carter Park Stand, to experience the harsh reality of what it feels like to sleep rough, while raising funds so that we can offer more men a safe place to sleep this winter.
We know that people experiencing homelessness need more than just a bed for the night, and that’s why we don’t just offer a bed, but a home, friendships, support and training. When you fundraise for Phoenix Foundation, you help to fund a room, but also a future.
Phoenix Foundation is an independent homeless charity for men. Based on Duke Street in Liverpool City Centre, we offer 25 private bedrooms, with access to shared bathrooms and kitchens. A support worker is on site 24 hours a day to support the residents with any problems or needs they may have, and develop the skills they need to rebuild their lives and move back into their own independent accommodation. In the last year, over 50 men have called Phoenix Foundation home.
As an independent charity Phoenix Foundation needs to raise around £300,000 per year. That breaks down to around £1000 per month for every resident, significantly lower than the estimated £20,128 that each rough sleeper costs the state, on average, per year (Crisis ‘At What Cost?’ report, 2015) The average stay at Phoenix Foundation is 6 months.
In autumn 2020 there were 18 known rough sleepers in the Liverpool City Region (10 in Liverpool, 4 in St Helens, 3 in Sefton, and 1 in Halton. There were no known rough sleepers in Wirral and Knowsley). The current number is not known, but we suspect it is rising.
This winter, the charity is facing a perfect storm of rising costs, and an increased demand for our services. Residents have been impacted by the end of the Universal Credit £20 uplift, and with much of the emergency funding that supported so many homeless charities through the pandemic no longer available, the support of the local community is needed more than ever.
If you would like to join Phoenix Foundation in the Goodison Sleepout on 19th November, be quick, as places are limited! You can register on the website at the link below. Places cost £20, and we ask you to raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship.
If you’d like to discuss other ways that you can support Phoenix Foundation, contact Jeni Nugent, Head of Fundraising, at firstname.lastname@example.org