SPEAR, Designated Charity for St George and Community Investment Fund partner, 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. In 2017-18, St George raised £50,000 for SPEAR through events including a tag rugby tournament, a sports day and clay pigeon shoot involving St George staff and suppliers. This money has been used to help SPEAR develop new operational programmes, enabling the charity to reach more rough sleepers.
In addition to St George's fundraising, Berkeley Foundation is supporting SPEAR's Youth Skills Development programme through the Community Investment Fund. SPEAR is one of six charities to be supported under the Combatting Youth Homelessness programme which aims to support young people to access good quality, sustainable housing solutions, as well as helping at-risk young people to avoid homelessness.
Foundation funding will support 64 young people across Richmond, Kingston and Merton to develop the skills, confidence and support they need to build a positive and independent future. A part-time Skills Development Worker will be recruited to deliver one-to-one employment, education and training support, independent living training, and practical group activities covering cookery, computer skills and fitness.