History and Context
Every Year thousands of families become homeless. The reasons for this include domestic violence, relationship breakdown, debt, persecution, wars and oppression.
Families are placed in temporary accommodation in the Finsbury Park area from all over London, because of the abundance of hotels, hostels and reception centres in the area. Many London boroughs place homeless families or families in crisis into temporary accommodation i.e reception centres, rented and leased accommodation in the area.
Many of these families are unable to access the services they need, that the rest of us take for granted. Firstly because they are new to the area they do not know where to go for services. Secondly they may be discriminated against because they do not have a permanent address. Often they do not speak English or have low levels of literacy, they may also lack self-confidence and feel too isolated to seek help.
Over the last 22 years, our organisation has developed its facilities to meet the needs of it users and currently supports an average of 50 families and children every day in all areas of its work including drop-in activities, advice and outreach sessions