My name is Maria. I was 24 years old when I first came to The Clock Tower Sanctuary. It offered a welcoming and friendly place, away from the isolation I felt as young woman who was homeless. When you are on the streets you really miss human connection.
Eight years later, my life is very different and I’ve come back to The Clock Tower Sanctuary to volunteer. The day centre is bigger now and offers more services. But some things haven’t changed. The young people here don’t choose to be homeless. Just like I didn’t. Young people are homeless because they are coping with relationship breakdown: with low wages and insecure jobs and housing. Many have suffered trauma in childhood. They are sleeping rough or living in tents and having to put themselves in danger.
They are people like Demi, aged 21 who says:
“Being homeless was really scary. I slept under bridges and in parks. The Clock Tower Sanctuary is great – I use the kitchen all the time and it means such a lot just having somewhere you feel safe.”
Can you help us reach our £30,000 fundraising target so we can help young people like Demi?
£10 could pay for a hot shower and nutritious meal
£25 could pay for pair of shoes or an outfit for a job interview
£100 could pay for two warm sleeping bags
£500 could pay for a volunteer to be trained up to work in the day centre
We can only run our vital services through the donations we receive, so we really do appreciate every pound. You can make a one off or regular gift at www.thects.org.uk/donate
On behalf of my 24-year old self. Thank you.
Clock Tower Sanctuary Volunteer