World Homeless Day

8th October 2020

World Homeless Day takes place on 10th October 2020, click here to find out how you can get involved to make a difference.

On this day it’s particularly important to both highlight and celebrate the inspiring work being done by organisations dedicated to tacking homelessness and supporting homeless people. One such organisation is our valued partner the Street Soccer Foundation, a charity whose brilliant team uses the power of football and teamwork as the catalyst to improve the lives of vulnerable and homeless young people right across the country.

Martin Baker QPM, CEO of One Team Logic (the makers of MyConcern) says:

“It is a huge privilege for us to partner with The Street Soccer Foundation. The protection of vulnerable young people is at the heart of everything we do, and working with Keith Mabbutt and his team means a great deal to us. The Foundation does vitally important work that we are delighted to support.”

Street Soccer Foundation

Street Soccer Academy

Their nationally acclaimed flagship program, the 'Street Soccer Academy', provides a 10-week learning and development course for 16-25 year olds. The courses are held at Football Club partner delivery hubs and offer young participants coaching opportunities and workshops, to improve their mindset and be ready and able to move into Work, Education or Further Training on successful program completion.

Keith Mabbutt – Founder and CEO of the Street Soccer Foundation says:

“World Homeless Day provides a much-needed platform to open up discussion and draw attention to the challenges faced by those currently experiencing homelessness. The Street Soccer Foundation exists to provide a development process through football coaching, skills workshops and mindset training as a means to help people move out of homelessness and into work, education or further training - to build a better future.”

Boy playing football

CEO Sleepout

The Street Soccer Foundation has also partnered with CEO Sleepout to create a number of fundraising events based in famous sporting venues to raise funds to support people struggling with poverty and homelessness.

Our very own CEO, Martin Baker, will be giving up his bed for one night and sleeping outdoors to help those who don’t have one, pledging to hit a minimum target of £1000! This event has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we hope to share the new date soon, along with Martin's JustGiving page.

“During my time in the police service I witnessed first-hand the devastating issues people face which can lead to homelessness. Giving up my bed for one night is a small challenge in comparison to those faced by people who sleep rough day after day. I would be honoured if you could support this cause by sponsoring my participation in this event, to help those who have so little available to them.”

Man sleeping rough

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Written by Sam Franklin