Since lockdown and temporary closure of our premises we have been working hard to provide support to homeless families. The families we support are all living in very cramped and difficult conditions with whole families locked down in one or two rooms of a hostel.
We know how difficult this is at the best of times and how much worse it is without the respite that our centre and the services we normally provide.
We have maintained dialogue with our families to keep them informed, hear about their difficulties and respond to their needs in these unprecedented circumstances.
We formed partnerships with other organisations to enable us to distribute care packages of food twice per week, as well as packages of creative materials for children and emergency needs such as baby formula, nappies, sanitary products etc on a regular basis.
As so much has become reliant on digital delivery we are acutely aware of the additional disadvantage and isolation many of our families and children face. Without the necessary devices or internet access to participate they are excluded from so much. We are fundraising to provide this as well as more fresh food such as fruit and vegetables. We’re also working to develop some digital support activities for parents and children to reduce their isolation.
As well as working to raise funds to respond to needs we also need to raise funds to keep Doorstep going. With no government funding we are reliant on income from grant giving trusts and donations. The financial impact of the pandemic has placed charities in a precarious financial situation. Many, including Doorstep, have lost funding they were relying on. It has been reported that one in ten charities are heading for bankruptcy by Christmas due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This added to the fact that the number of homeless families is likely to increase when the eviction ban is lifted.
We’re working to support those who are already some of the most seriously disadvantaged and vulnerable people in society and who are likely to become even more so. Please help us by making a donation. Every contribution, no matter how small, will help Doorstep to keep going so that we can continue to support those who need our help.
Thank you!

How Doorstep Helps Families

“The number of adults and children that Doorstep serves and the positive outcomes they are achieving, with such a small team and limited funding, is truly amazing. The grant we give could not be used to better affect helping the numerous families who would have fallen apart without their support”
– StreetSmart

Families attending Doorstep are homeless for a variety of reasons, including: family circumstances, illness, loss of employment, domestic violence, racial harassment, financial difficulties, and due to refugee status. Doorstep aims to assist these families by providing goods and services to make their lives more comfortable as they await a permanent housing solution.

Situated in the Abbots and Levine Hostel, Doorstep serves the 45 families accommodated immediately above, as well as those living in other temporary accomodation in North Camden,  London.

We provide space and resources for children to play, learn, develop and to help them reach their potential. Through these activities and services Doorstep aims to create a community of growth, healing and a sense of belonging that enables children and families to gain strength and confidence as they engage in society and press forward with their future.

Please donate to Doorstep – no matter how small your contribution, it will be greatly appreciated.  Help us to keep helping families who really need our support.  Sincere thanks!

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Summer Give Fundraising Campaign

Thanks so much to everyone who donated through the Big Give, Summer Give campaign. Thanks to your generosity we exceeded our target of £5,000 and with Gift aid raised an amazing £6,838! The funds will be used towards the costs of running our special programme of activities and outings for 65 kids this summer.

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