Hello friends & supporters – Our response team has been working tirelessly to ensure that every service user coming to LATCH for help and advice during the pandemic has been supported and most importantly, safely housed. We have helped to house over 60 men and women since lockdown in March and our work continues. Thank you to everyone who has supported our work in one way or another during this challenging time for all. Thinking ahead to Christmas we wanted to ensure that our Christmas fundraising campaign makes a real difference to the lives of all our service users.
We’re excited to be running THE BIG GIVE 2020 Christmas Challenge to support the mental health needs of all our service users who have endured huge impacts on their daily lives by being homeless. We want to raise £4,500 so that in the new year, we will have the funds needed for the counselling that service users need and value so deeply, especially during the pandemic's challenging times. Visit our Fundraising page to learn more about how you can pledge to raise this money now and pay later:
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The Merger Questionnaire is now closed
Thanks for responding to our Merger Questionnaire. 84% of you said that the merged charity would provide a better service to homeless people in #Bromley and 16% replied “maybe”. There were also many useful comments received. (09.08.20)
As Covid-19 unfolds, we wanted to let you know that the LATCH team is here when you need us. Our office is now closed to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers. However, our team is fully set up to communicate virtually with you, new enquirers, clients and hosts, friends and supporters alike. Our project manager Lolly can be contacted by email and by phone via the usual methods, which we have added below.
Read the LATCH Covid-19 Statement here
The importance of providing a reliable service to anyone in a homeless situation or at risk of homelessness is a priority for us and we are 100% committed to supporting you in these challenging times.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us via email: email@example.com or telephone Lolly on 07399 861218
At this time, please consider donating whatever you can, to ensure our service is able to better support those who are vulnerable and homeless during COVID-19. All our fundraising events have been cancelled and donations are dropping because minds are understandably elsewhere. Your support today will make a real difference and will be greatly appreciated. Simply click the purple DONATE button to the right. Thank you and stay safe. ♥
LATCH is an acronym for “Living Amicably Together in Caring Homes” and we support and house single homeless persons aged 18+ in the spare rooms of local homeowners within the borough of Bromley. Bromley Churches’ Housing Action (BCHA) is a registered charity set up in 1989 to work for the relief of poverty and homelessness in Bromley and to provide, in particular, short-term accommodation. BCHA funding is reliant on generous donations from the members of the public, businesses and our local churches, as well as trusts and foundations. Currently, those resources are devoted to LATCH.
We work at a very local level to meet every homeless person where they are in life. Our aim is to meet their needs by providing them with a support base to expand their capacity towards independent living, so they can make a fresh start and become valuable members in our local community. LATCH does not provide emergency accommodation and a housed client will have completed an eight week assessment, beforehand.
Urgent Appeal for New Hosts
LATCH is always looking for new hosts who are one of the most important components of the service we offer. Our waiting list is growing and we are particularly concerned for a number of Sixth Form and College students who have completed the necessary assessments and are in need of a safe and stable place to call home.
People from all walks of life can become hosts. If you feel you can help to accommodate a single person who has been caught up in hidden homelessness please get in touch. Your interest and the conversations that follow could make a real difference in a young person’s life and you will be helping to end homelessness in and around Bromley. LATCH offers each and every host the necessary training, support and guidance on how to do this.
If you or you know someone who is interested in becoming a host, please contact a member of the LATCH office team on 07399 861218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no obligation to proceed and in most cases, learning more may give you the essential information needed to make the right decision.