Hamper Scamper is back and needs your help!  
Hamper Scamper is back for 2017!

Christmas is always seen as a special time of year, but this is not the case for everyone.  The expense and expectation can place a real strain on any family, but particularly those living in poverty, or facing homelessness or family breakdown.  There are also many lonely and vulnerable young people and adults who simply have nobody to be with at this time of year.

Hamper Scamper is CCP's Christmas Giving Scheme, designed to spread a little cheer to some of the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and vulnerable adults at Christmas.

We need your help!

Ways you can get involved:

* Volunteer to log and sort food donations, pack hampers and sort gift requests
* Wrap Christmas presents for shoppers - we need around 250 people! It raises vital funds for our charity
* Volunteer to help out with a supermarket food collection
* Donate gifts
* Donate food or organise a food collection at your school, office, church or club
* Adopt a family to buy a food hamper and presents for
For further information and to get involved, ring 0300  365 8999 or email hamperscamper@ccp.org.uk.
To read the Christmas 2016 Hamper Scamper report, visit Hamper Scamper.
And the winner is ... 
Huge congratulations to two of our very talented young people living in our Foyer Supported Accommodation at The Arkells in Cheltenham.  
Catherine Green and Charlie Barwick entered the annual national Centrepoint Poetry Competition.  Catherine won it and Charlie came second! 
The theme this year was ‘Freedom’ and Centrepoint received poems from all over the country.  The entries will feature at the National Centrepoint Conference in March 2018.
The winners are as follows and each receive High Street vouchers;
  • 1st- Catherine Green from CCP-‘ I dream of being free’ (winning a £30 voucher)
  • 2nd –Charlie Barwick from CCP- ‘Freedom from the system’ (winning a £20 voucher)
  • 3rd –Young person from Streetlife- ‘Untitled’  (winning a £10 voucher)
Centrepoint supports more than 9,200 homeless 16-25 year olds a year into a home and a job.  Centrepoint provides housing and support for young people in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East and through partnerships all over the UK.
Catherine’s winning entry …
I dream of being free
 I dream of being free
In a faraway place
So I can just be me
No need for a brave face.
Where my pain fades away
And I no longer have to suffer
My bad dreams will be kept at bay
And my life can’t get any tougher.
Freedom is all I have ever wanted
A place my new chapter can begin
I will no longer be haunted
And I can find the light within.
(Catherine Green, 2017)
Nominate CCP to win £1,000 for Hamper Scamper! 
12 days of giving!  To celebrate their 130th anniversary year, Ecclesiastical Insurance, a specialist insurance and financial services cimpany based in Gloucester, has launched a 12 days of giving campaign.
They will give 130 charities a £1,000 donation.  All you need to do is nominate your favourite charity, which is of course CCP, and we will go into a prize draw to win £1,000.
Nominations must be made on the Ecclesiastical Insurance online entry form.  The form will only take a minute or two to complete!
The closing date and time for submitting a nomination is 12 midnight on the 5th December 2017.  After that, each day for 12 days a winner will be drawn and that charity will receive £1,000.  Please help make CCP one of those winning charities! 
This Christmas we expect to distribute more Hamper Scamper Appeal hampers and more gifts to the growing number of disadvantaged chcildren, families and vulnerable adults throughout the county.  £1,000 will be a helpful contribution to our Hamper Scamper Appeal.  
Sevenoaks gets a fresh new look  
A big thank you to the young people from the Prince's Trust team programme and to the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for painting the new crash pads and communal areas at CCP Foyer Sevenoaks in Bournemouth.
Sevenoaks has 18 units of accommodation providing housing and support for young people aged 16 to 21 years, and is staffed 24 hours a day.
Hamper Scamper supermarket collections underway  
With Christmas only a few weeks away, our Hamper Scamper supermarket collections are well underway.  Thank you to all the customers at Tesco (right) and Asda (above) in Cheltenham for giving so generously over the weekend. 
The instore food collections we undertake at supermarkets are a vital part of Hamper Scamper, by helping us increase food donations and raise awareness of the Appeal.  All the food for Hamper Scamper is donated by local people for disadvantaged local people.  
Without these food collection days Hamper Scamper simply would not be able to meet the needs of so many people across the county.
If you and your work colleagues, friends or family have got a few hours to spare in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and would like to get involved with a Hamper Scamper supermarket collection, please ring  0300 365 8999 or email hamperscamper@ccp.org.uk
Not sure how to help someone sleeping rough? 
Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough is not only dangerous but can also have a long-term effect on an individual’s health.
Evidence suggests that some individuals sleeping rough may not be known to local services; while not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and services are available to them.
StreetLink aims to help address this by providing the first step the public can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.
If you’re concerned about someone sleeping rough, send an alert to StreetLink via the mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, by calling 0300 500 0914, or by visiting StreetLink.   
The details provided by a member of the public are sent to the local authority or outreach team concerned, so they can help connect the person to local services and support.
The person submitting the alert receives details of the action the local authority normally takes when they are told someone is sleeping rough.
StreetLink also contacts the council within ten working days to find out what has happened as a result of the alert and, if requested, provides the person who made the referral with an update.
StreetLink is delivered by Homeless Link in partnership with St Mungo's.  The service is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Greater London Authority, and the Welsh Government.  
Help someone sleeping rough connect with local services.  Send an alert at or download the StreetLink app.
Support Hamper Scamper by making your own Christmas Wreath
The Willow Tree is joining forces with CCP this Christmas to host a fundraising evening to raise money for our Hamper Scamper Appeal
Come and join us for a fun Christmas Wreath Making Workshop on Tuesday 5th December, from 6pm to 8pm, to start the festive month in full festive spirit!
You will be taught how to make your own Christmas Wreath with a mix of fresh greenery.  All materials, including frames, the greenery, ribbon, and a selection of dried fruit and pine cones will be provided for you to choose from.  You can bring your own decorations too so that you can personalise your wreath to your exact colour scheme.  
This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill over the festive period, to make your own wreath to hang on your door, or create as gifts to give to others.

Spaces are limited, so don't miss out! 
There will be other crafting and festive activities on the night to help raise money and awareness of Hamper Scamper. There will also be a food collection for the hampers and a gift wrapping service for those of you who are up to speed with your Christmas present buying!  With 20% off in store on the night too, it's a perfect way to start your Christmas shopping!

The event is
FREE to attend but there is a £25 charge to participate in the Christmas Wreath Making WorkshopThe Willow Tree is at 295 High Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3HL.  For further enquires and to book your place, contact The Willow Tree.  
CCP clients benefit from Superdry staff training
Aled James from Superdry, the globally successful retail outlet whose headquarters are in Cheltenham, came along to 340 High Street to deliver a soft skills training session on team working to some of our Foyer Supported Accommodation clients and GEM clients.
Clients from Bramah House and The Arkells got the opportunity to learn about Belbin Team Roles which enables individuals to project and talk about their behavioural strengths in a productive, safe and non-confrontational way.
The highly successful Superdry considers the training an essential part of their staff training.  Enormous thanks goes to Aled from Superdry who kindly delivered the training session in his own time.    
CCP CHAS compliant again
Given the diversity of CCP’s services and projects and the number of different kinds of CCP sites across four counties, health and safety is of paramount importance.  As such, CCP is very pleased to announce that we are once again compliant in all areas of CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) health and safety standards.
By undertaking  CHAS registration, CCP  demonstrates that we meet the recognised standards in health and safety, ensuring our own workforce is protected by robust health and safety practice'. (Ryan Major, CCP Training Manager)
CHAS was created by experienced health and safety professionals in 1997 to improve health and safety standards across the UK.  A trusted and authoritative advisor on health and safety compliance, CHAS has more than 900 public and private sector client organisations and 70,000 contractors registered on its database.
Kidderminster drop-ins expand to meet demand
'I don’t know where I would be without CCP, you have managed to get me into accommodation and on a priority banding with the council, all within a couple of weeks!’ (Rough sleeper)
Worcestershire Homelessness Prevention Service (HoPES) have recently increased their presence in the county to meet the needs of the increasing number of single people and childless couples who are at risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.
The Kidderminster venues have been extended to accommodate a 50% increase in referrals due to the excellent networking efforts of a small team headed up by Support Worker, Kerry Rastall
The revised drop-in hours offering face to face support for existing and potential clients are:
  • Wednesdays, 10am-4pm: Kidderminster Town Hall, Vicar Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1DB
  • Thursdays, 10am-1pm: Kidderminster Town Hall (as above)
  • Thursdays, 1pm-4pm (supporting and advising 18-25 year olds) – Axis Youth Hub, Kidderminster & District Youth Trust, Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1PF  
Fuel poverty Surviving Winter Appeal
Do you need your winter fuel allowance? If no, you can donate to help save lives in Dorset.
Every winter, between 300 to 400 vulnerable people in Dorset die because they cannot afford to heat their homes.  Shockingly, during the winter of 2014/15, 920 vulnerable people died from the combined effects of fuel poverty and social isolation.
Each winter, Dorset Community Foundation runs a Surviving Winter Appeal which recycles unwanted winter fuel allowances to help save lives.  Donations are collected and then dispersed as winter fuel grants through the Citizens Advice Bureau. Since 2011, the Appeal has raised over £120,000 helping thousands of local older people.
Donations to the Surviving Winter Appeal can be made online at the Dorset Community Foundation Localgiving page.  And from midday on 28th November to midday on 5th December, donations made via the Localgiving page will be doubled.
November 2017
Hamper Scamper is back and needs your help!
And the winner is ...
Nominate CCP to win £1,000 for Hamper Scamper!
Sevenoaks gets a fresh new look
Hamper Scamper supermarket collections underway 
Not sure how to help someone sleeping rough?
Support Hamper Scamper by making your own Christmas wreath
CCP clients benefit from Superdry staff training
Kidderminster drop-ins expand to meet demand
CCP CHAS compliant again
Fuel poverty Surviving Winter Appeal  
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£5 = feed 20 young people in supported accommodation with a basic beakfast
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£20 = 1hr drop in session offering information, advice and guidance
Family support
£25 = feed a family of 4 with a basic breakfast and evening meal for 7 days
Moving in boxes
£30 = 1 moving in box for a homeless young person
Family support
£50 = 2hr family mediation session
£100 = Advocab ready to roll in any emergency
Moving on boxes
£500 = 10 young people provided with a moving on box
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£1,000 = 20 young people fed for 1 year
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£2,000 = 8 young people, 2 leaders x 1 trip
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£3,000 = 3hr session every week for 12 months for unemployed vulnerable young people
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£4,000 = 8 young people to attend an 8 week programme
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£5,000 = 1 nights' youth work over a year
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our fantastic supporters for their tremendous support.
Without this support many of our added value projects wouldn't exist so thanks for making these projects possible.
Caring for Communities and People
15 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 3DA
Telephone:  0300 365 8999 Email: reception@ccp.org.uk 
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