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Why yellow socks?
Sometimes, just knowing you’re not alone can help. We want to begin building a community of people who care about young people’s loneliness. Yellow socks are an easy way to do this. They’re eye catching, Yellow is a hopeful colour, and socks are semi-hidden like loneliness! When we wander around not looking people in the eye but looking down, maybe we will see that other people Care about loneliness, too.
Safe in Tees Valley supported Middlesbrough’s Café for the Homeless, by donating sleeping bags and pop up tents in the run up to Christmas 2019.
Established in 1996, Safe in Tees Valley are a charity dedicated to creating safer communities – supporting victims of crime and creating opportunities to change people’s lives for the better. Chief Executive Officer, Joanne Hodgkinson supported the event; distributing the tents and sleeping bags and speaking with some of the most vulnerable members of the community – dependent on the café for a nutritious hot meal.
The homeless café, on Princes Road Newport, is coordinated by a team of up to 30 volunteers – along with support from two inmates awaiting parole from Kirklvington Grange Prison. The café supports 500 weekly clients; cooking, serving food and interacting with service users. On Friday 20th December, the café served up Christmas meals and One Voice Choir supported the event with joyous carol singing – adding to the festive and charitable season.
Since last year, homeless deaths have risen by a record 22% and this year fatalities are estimated to be even higher. Safe in Tees Valley are proud to be helping the homeless in any way they can, hopeful that these tents and sleeping bags will make a small difference to those who struggle to keep warm and dry this winter.