York Road Project

TWENTY people raised more than £2,000 for a homelessness charity when they experienced a night of bedding down on the street.

The Deputy Mayor of Woking, Cllr Saj Hussain with 13 year old Kye Jarred and his mother Kim, who took part in the sleep-out for a second year

The sponsored sleep-out was in aid of the York Road Project, which provides accommodation and support for those facing being without a home in Woking and surrounding areas.

On Friday evening last week, the participants laid out their sleeping bags on sheets of cardboard in Albion Square, Woking, aiming to raise awareness of homelessness in Surrey.

Tyrone and Nathan with artist Sean Henry’s statue, The Wanderer

The Deputy Mayor of Woking, Cllr Saj Hussain, was among those that tried to get a good night’s sleep opposite the The Wanderer – a statue of a dishevelled man who has been assumed to be homeless.

Those who took part also included the charity’s chief executive, Cath Stamper, people who work for the project, members of local churches and staff from local businesses. It was the fourth year that the sleep-out has been held.

The charity’s community fundraiser, Hannah Cope, said: “We’d like to thank everyone involved who made Sleep Out 2019 a huge success, including Woking Borough Council for supporting the event, Christ Church for providing access to their facilities, Marciano Lounge for supplying hot water and Rooster Shack for dropping off some much-appreciated late-night burgers.

“Most of all, we want to sincerely thank everyone that gave up their bed for a night and those who sponsored our participants.”

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SUPPORTERS of York Road Project will be taking part in the homelessness charity’s annual sponsored sleep out event at Albion Square tonight (Friday 4 October).

Participants giving up their bed for the night will include Saj Hussain, the Deputy Mayor of Woking, Cath Stamper, the York Road Project chief executive, members of local churches and staff from local businesses.

A Sleep Out participant beds down for the night at last year’s event

The annual event is organised with the support of Woking Borough Council, Woking Shopping, Christ Church Woking and other Woking-based organisations.

This will be the fourth year York Road Project has run the event to raise awareness of homelessness in Surrey and funds for the charity’s services providing accommodation and support for the homeless.

There will be a stand in Albion Square from 12.30pm on Friday with local residents encouraged to find out more about the sleep out and why it’s so important. There will also be the chance to get involved with the charity all year round.

York Road Project began in its current form in 2001, providing accommodation and support to the homeless in Woking and the surrounding areas.

For more information, visit www.yorkroadproject.org.uk. You can also follow the charity on www.twitter.com/yorkroadproject.

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AN ALMS-giving ceremony was held in Jubilee Square last Sunday to collect food donations for the homeless.

Deputy Mayor Saj Hussain alongside Woking’s Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya London

The two-hour event, on 11 August, was organised by the Wat Phra Dhammakaya London, the Buddhist organisation based in the Woking temple.

It supported two local charities, the Woking Foodbank and the York Road Project, which were both represented at the ceremony.

A local woman makes a donation

It was described as “a special event to gather and share with one heart …. to help homeless people in need by way of a food-offering ceremony”.

The opening speech was made by the Deputy Mayor of Woking, Cllr Saj Hussain, with a response from the Abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya London in Woking.

The giving of alms to the monks began after periods of reflection and meditation.

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MORE than £1,000 has been raised for the homelessness charity, York Road Project, at its annual quiz night.

About 60 people took part in the event at the United Reformed Church with Fay Kearley, who runs the charity’s day centre in Goldsworth Road, acting as quizmaster.

BRAIN POWER – The Ulster Frys team of, from left, Billy King, Steph and Trev Dobbin, and Steve Dealtry celebrate their success at the York Road Project’s annual quiz night

The winning team was Ulster Frys, made up of  Steph and Trev Dobbin, Billy King and Steve Dealtry.

Hannah Cope, the York Road Project community fundraiser, said: “We’d like to say thank you to everyone who took part in our 2019 Quiz Night and helped make the event a big success.

“Special thanks go to the Woking United Reformed Church and the New Haweli restaurant in West Byfleet, who provided the food.

“Our events are important as they give us the chance to engage directly with our supporters. The money our community raises is crucial as it allows us to continue being dynamic in responding to growing need for our local homelessness services.”

For more information, visit www.yorkroadproject.org.uk/events

REPRESENTATIVES from all sections of the community gathered at the HG Wells Centre on Saturday night to raise money for a good cause.

YORK ROAD PROJECT: Mel Roth, Cath Stamper, Cherisse and Steve Dealtry

A glamourous swirl of evening dresses and dinner suits caught the eye as people attended the Mayor’s Civic Ball in support of the York Road Project, raising more than £7,254 for the Woking charity which looks after the homeless in the borough.

“It was great to welcome representatives from business, charities, community groups and political life,” said Woking Mayor Cllr Will Forster. “Many thanks to everyone who came along and donated to support the York Road Project, thank you all!”

HOSTS: The Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Cllr Will Forster and Hannah Thompson

The black-tie event began with a drinks reception in the Griffin Lounge, before the guests enjoyed dinner, entertainment from the Crashing Waiters – which involved everyone present banging out rhythms on various kitchen utensils – and dancing. The evening also included an auction and raffle.

“It’s been a great honour for York Road Project to be the Mayor’s chosen charity during his tenure and the Civic Ball demonstrated the amazing level of support we’ve received from the Woking community,” said Cath Stamper, the charity’s chief executive.

“The Civic Ball was an excellent evening, we were delighted to be there and it helped to further raise the profile of our charity locally,” added Cherisse Dealtry, deputy chief executive.

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Chobham Business Club Members were delighted to host the Mayor of Woking Cllr Will Forster, 45th Mayor of Woking, at a business lunch on Friday 15th February at the Rosso Mazaro Italian Restaurant in Chobham attended by 22 members.

HELPING THE HOMELESS – Chobham Business Club Members Craig Bourne, Tricia Matthews, Vivian Woodruff and Richard Whittington present a cheque to Mayor of Woking Cllr Will Forster with owner Diego and Ciro from Rosso Mazara. Picture by Marilyn Taylor

The food was excellent and everyone enjoyed their lunch consisting of a variety of different food. The Mayor of Woking gave a speech regarding his chosen charity for his Mayoral year which is to support Woking’s local homeless charity, the York Road Project, which provides emergency lodging and longer term accommodation and ongoing support to help those experiencing homelessness get back on their feet.

Will explains: “My grandmother used to support this excellent charity and as a result I have grown up in Woking and supporting it too. I was surprised to hear that it has never been the Mayor’s charity before and so I am hoping that I can help raise funds for this very deserving cause, as well as raise awareness on how the people of Woking can best help people who have fallen on hard times.”

Craig Bourne Chairman and Tricia Matthews President of Chobham Business Club were delighted to hand over a cheque to the Mayor in the sum of £250.00, some of this money was raised in a raffle on the day.

WOKING’S homelessness charity would not be able to operate without help from the community, one of its leaders has said.

The deputy chief executive of the York Road Project, Cherisse Dealtry, was speaking at an open day attended by supporters and members of the public.

York Road Project chief executive Cath Stamper with the charity’s patron, sculptor Sean Henry

“We want to say a big thank you to everyone who came along,” she said. “We’re a local charity situated in the community, so having the support of Woking residents means a lot to us.

“It’s thanks to your backing and kind donations that our vital work is able to continue.”

Visitors, including the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Will Forster, and the charity’s patron, sculptor Sean Henry, had the opportunity to meet the small team which runs the charity.

They were able to learn more about the essential services provided for homeless people; including outreach to rough sleepers, an emergency night shelter in York Road, Woking, and “move on” properties providing longer-term accommodation.

Deputy chief executive Cherisse Dealtry

The open day was held at the charity’s day centre in Goldsworth Road, Woking, known as The Prop. The centre helps anyone facing homelessness find housing advice and stages creative workshops and practical skills training sessions.

York Road Project, which was formed in 2001, provides accommodation and support for those facing homelessness in Woking and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about its work or get involved, visit www.yorkroadproject.org.uk or call 01483 728739.