Hampers of goodwill for homeless

A hamper of food and bedding

Hampers of kindness and festive goodwill have been created by Bradford College students for a charity supporting homeless people in Yorkshire.

The Health and Social Care Level 2 Extended Diploma students have made up packages of food, bedding, clothing, toiletries and sanitary products to be handed out to vulnerable communities across the region.

They will be handed out by Homeless Hampers, which provides hampers of essentials to those who are in shelters or on the streets.

Bradford College Health and Social Care lecturer Nichola Wood said, as well as promoting a good cause, the initiative was part of their studies into how socio-economic factors impact development across the lifespan. She said: “We’re very proud of them all.”

The class has previously raised money for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support. Nichola said: “It’s integral to the course, and working with organisations like Homeless Hampers brings their work to life for them.”

Homeless Hampers has a well-established outreach team which delivers hampers of essentials to people in homeless shelters, emergency accommodation and on the streets. The team works with organisations such as Leeds City Council and Simon On The Streets to ensure they reach people in need.

“We have got busier and busier,” said Tina Suryavansi, who manages and runs the charity with her husband Aky. “When we first started we took 25 meals out to people. Last weekend, we provided more than 100 in Leeds.”

As well as handing out hampers to people in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, the charity’s support has been requested outside West Yorkshire. Tina said: “We’ve been contacted by outreach groups in Manchester.”

As well as providing essentials to people in need, the organisation aims to challenge the public's opinion of the roofless and boost community engagement with them.

You can find out more about Homeless Hampers at http://homelesshampers.org.uk/.