Raising Money for Good Causes
Each year we aim to raise as much money as possible for local good causes and this year we are thrilled to be raising funds for Lewes Open Door (LOD).
Volunteers will be out and about in the town all evening with collecting buckets and you’ll also find collecting tins on shop counters.
“Surely there isn’t a homeless problem in Lewes?”
That’s the response we often hear when we talk to people about our charity work.
Sadly, there is.
And it’s not confined to the rough sleepers you see outside Boots or in the shop doorways on the High Street. There are many hidden homeless and vulnerable people staying in temporary housing, squats, or ‘sofa surfing’.
During 2020/21 there were 433 formal homelessness applications progressed by the Council’s housing needs services and 86 households in temporary accommodation in Lewes at the end of March 2021. The demand for social housing is very high, with 1,050 preferential need households on the council’s housing register in March 2021.
The local council struggles to house people due to a lack of available social housing, spiralling private rents and welfare cuts. But while arguments rage over how to solve the problem and who’s to blame for it, LOD prefer to address the problem head-on by supporting the people it affects right here in Lewes.
That’s why they started the charity Lewes Open Door, and that’s why they need you to help them make a difference for some of the most vulnerable people in our midst.
Registered charity number 1185742