SPEAR, Designated Charity for St George, is a South-West London based charity that helps to break the cycle of homelessness.
The charity provides a holistic service: not just a safe place to stay, but also a chance to develop skills, find work, tackle drug or alcohol addictions and address mental issues.
Since SPEAR's partnership with St George began in 2012, over £200,000 has been raised through various events. This support ensures those facing homelessness in West London can continue to access SPEAR's services. Annually, two big fundraising events for SPEAR take place; a £10 Challenge and a tag-rugby tournament. Teams include some of St George's subcontractors and suppliers, a St George team and a SPEAR team which includes SPEAR staff and service users. The event in 2017 has increased in numbers, with the most recent tag-rugby tournament in 2017 raising a staggering £40,000.
Alongside the funds raised by St George, the Berkeley Foundation have continued to support SPEAR through the Job Creation Programme, providing £10,000 a year towards the cost of a Trainee Outreach Worker. This post has been taken up by somebody who is currently unemployed and involves 12 months of intensive training as part of SPEAR's busy Outreach Team to support rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation.