Emergency accommodation will be opened for rough sleepers in London today, as temperatures dip below freezing in the capital and the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated, requiring councils to provide extra shelter for the homeless.
CI Projects were out on the streets of London today to provide help and support to the homeless, working with Refuge Network International to provide warm food, clothing and essential toiletries. Our team eagerly divided into groups, each taking on different tasks to help prepare and support.
We saw the relief in the eyes of individuals who had been struggling to find their next warm meal or a pair of gloves to keep their hands warm. The gratitude expressed through heartfelt thanks, and the sense of community that permeated the streets of London was evident.
It is times like this when everybody needs to come together and give back to our community, extend a helping hand to those in need, and show compassion and human connection.
The work that Refuge Network International do enables resource distribution and a renewed sense of hope to individuals and families who have been displaced from their homes due to conflict, persecution, or other dire circumstances. We are proud to be partnering with this charity and to be continuing our support for a second year. This will be a long and cold winter for many and we want to do what we can to support.