The 999 Club, 21 Deptford Broadway, London, SE8 4PA

999 Club located at 21 Deptford Broadway provides services to homeless people. This small charity does big work offering “advice, support, shelter, health checks & activities” for those most in need. They centre not only on people who sleep rough but also those who are vulnerably housed, living in temporary accommodation or sofa-surfing. With a Night Shelter and Employability Support, they do amazing work at giving people “the confidence and skills needed to transform their lives”.

 
Owing to 25-years based in Deptford and their exceptional work in the community, the 999 Club has gained much local attention. Communications Officer Megan Toogood outlines, “people know about our work and will often talk about us when local businesses are choosing a local charity to support.” Their local influence has made for an active Facebook page. You will often see them in attendance at local events including Lewisham Peoples Day, Hilly Fields Fair and Goldsmiths Volunteer Fair. 
 
Working with many corporations, as Megan enlightens “we have a lot of fantastic partners, too many to mention in one article”. They have been able to utilise donations from these close relationships. “One company sent employees to spend a morning in our Gateway Centre. They helped with breakfast and laundry. This led to them coming in to help clear our basement which was much appreciated! We are lucky enough to receive funding from several Corporate Social Responsibility funds. Once people are familiar with the work we do, some of them have volunteered to take part in challenges such as RideLondon and the London Marathon!” Check out their donor page here!
 
The Club is currently looking for volunteers for both its Gateway and Night shelter. 
 

Gateway Centre

 
The Gateway is a day centre and related services operating Mon – Fri from 09.00-12.00. There are specialist sessions for people sleeping rough and open access for those struggling with housing problems. A place to access support that can help get them off the streets for good. 
 

Night Shelter

 
The Night Shelter provides basic accommodation and support for people who are sleeping rough. Offering some respite from the streets, it enables guests to receive help to find a place to live. Allocating a case manager, they aim to help individuals towards long-term accommodation and not back on the streets. 
 

Volunteering

 
If you want to find out more about volunteering at the 999 Club Night Shelter and get up to speed on how you can help in 2018, contact Night Shelter Coordinator Leon Miles at: leon@999club.org or Gateway Centre Team leader Gerry Donnelly Gerry@999club.org for an informal chat.
 

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