Patrick Harris, Outreach Worker at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope has been selected as an ‘unsung hero for homelessness’ in a national competition.
Hatch is a website created to help people take practical action on causes which matter to them. Whether you are overwhelmed by climate change or don’t know where to start when it comes to helping a rough sleeper, it exists to make things easy for you to make a difference.
Hatch has been scouring the UK for people who are doing innovative things to change the face of rough sleeping. It purposely focused on initiatives which have the potential to be replicated and scaled and that empower the public to address this national crisis. By showcasing these unsung heroes, it hopes to inspire and help other people who are looking to tackle homelessness.
Having received an overwhelming number of heartfelt nominations, its judging panel have announced that they’ve completed the hard task of choosing ten fantastic ‘unsung heroes of homelessness’. If this is a subject close to your heart, or one that you know your local community will have an interest in, these people show that just following through on an idea is enough to change people’s lives.
One of the Top Ten is the charity’s very own Patrick Harris. 19 years ago, Patrick became homeless following a relationship breakdown and spent two years sleeping rough in local parks before securing a place in a hostel. His personal experience of how isolating homelessness can be led him to volunteer at a night shelter, and then a soup kitchen.
Patrick is now Team Leader and Outreach Worker at The Bridge Leicester. The charity aims to become a hub where local agencies can provide relevant services. The centre already provides meals, an advice centre, art therapy classes, and a mental health programme.