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London Mayor & 18-strong charity coalition unite in campaign to help city’s rough sleepers

first_img Tagged with: GoFundMe London Mayor of London  158 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 Melanie May | 15 December 2017 | News  157 total views,  3 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 The Mayor launched the campaign today (15 December) on a visit to start work on the new permanent hub in Hackney, which is for the No Second Night Out service, which provides a rapid response to assess the needs of new rough sleepers and give them an offer so they do not have to sleep out for a second night. The hub should be open and ready to help people off the streets early next year. In the spring, work will start on a second hub and a staging post, both in Lewisham, that will provide short-term accommodation for people the hub can’t help immediately.The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:“I know there are millions of Londoners who want to do something to help rough sleepers get off the streets for good. That’s why I am pleased to be joining forces with our new coalition of charities dedicated to this cause, offering a single donation point for Londoners who want to give money to those who need help the most. I urge Londoners to donate and join me in helping people sleeping on our streets to connect with vital services.“As Mayor, I am investing in services right across the capital and doing everything within my power to tackle this issue. But the government also needs to play its part by providing additional funding so that we can boost much-needed services in London, and by tackling the long-term causes of homelessness and rough sleeping.”Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s, said:“St Mungo’s is proud to have provided the No Second Night Out service since its inception in London and, through it, helped thousands of people to move away from the streets as soon as possible. Five years of temporary premises, however, has been very challenging for the service so we very much welcome the Mayor backing the need to get NSNO hubs on a permanent footing. The new hubs, in Hackney and Lewisham, will help transform the service NSNO staff are able to provide and result in many more people, we hope, being able to rebuild their lives.” London Mayor & 18-strong charity coalition unite in campaign to help city’s rough sleepers Eighteen charities have joined forces with the Mayor of London in a campaign aimed at helping rough sleepers in the capital.Mayor Sadiq Khan has brought the charities together to form a coalition, the London Homeless Charities Group, to offer Londoners an easily accessible single donation point, with all funds generated going equally to all 18 charities to direct services where they are needed most. Charities in the coalition include Albert Kennedy Trust, Centrepoint, The Connection at St Martins, Crisis, St Mungo’s, Depaul, and Homeless Link. The campaign will also show Londoners how they can direct outreach services towards people found sleeping rough.The campaign asks people to donate to the London Charities Homeless Group via a GoFundMe page set up by the coalition. In addition, the Mayor has announced that he will open emergency weather shelters on every ‘sub-zero’ day with all 33 London boroughs signed up to the scheme, with work also beginning on a new permanent hub to help first-time rough sleepers.The campaign runs for two months and will be promoted on London Underground and supported across the Mayor’s social media channels.last_img read more

4 ways to make your members love you

first_imgBe thankfulA credit union wouldn’t be successful without its members. Always keep this at the front of your mind. Whenever a new account is opened or a loan is approved, send a thank-you note or small gift to make that person feel appreciated. Acts like this will produce loyal members.ListenNo one knows what your members need better than your members. Listen to their needs, their wants, and their dreams, so you can provide them with the products and services they need to live a happy and successful life.Surprise themEveryone loves surprises. It feels good to be acknowledged, even more so when you’re not expecting it. Pick at random or reward a member for a milestone they’re not aware of, either way it’ll surely be a surprise they’ll be excited about.Always come throughThings don’t always go as planned. People aren’t perfect so things will go awry from time to time. The best way to handle these situations is to make sure you always make things right in the end. Members don’t expect perfection, but they’ll be happy to know you’ve always got their back. 89SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Super Bowl XLIX a letdown

first_imgNow that I have finally picked my jaw up off the floor, I can begin to write about what I just witnessed in Super Bowl XLIX. As close as the game was, I’m still disappointed. Not because I am a Seahawks fan or because I hate the Patriots. In fact, I didn’t really have a rooting interest at all.I think the game ended the way everyone expected it to, with the go-ahead score in the final minutes. There were lead changes and momentum shifts throughout the entire game.The Patriots seemed to control the first half so much that my friend was convinced that Deflategate was planned as a coverup to hide Spygate part two. The Patriots took the lead with a touchdown but gave Russell Wilson two minutes to score, something he did in 29 seconds to end the first half.Then came the second half that had the Patriots at a 10-point deficit. The defending champions had Tom Brady on the ropes and forced him into another costly interception.It looked like the Seahawks had it in the bag after an incredible juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse. All the Hawks had to do was hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch on the 1-yard line and let “Beast Mode” end the game, but instead Wilson threw a game-ending interception.And that is why I think the Seattle offensive coordinator is the real MVP. Brady might be the official Super Bowl XLIX MVP, but he won by default. Brady didn’t really do anything important except throw two interceptions. Gronkowski had an important touchdown reception, but I still wouldn’t call it MVP status.Wilson was the better quarterback during the game, but gave up Seattle’s only turnover with the costly interception. Lynch and Richard Sherman were both quiet, too, and if I had to pick an MVP I would choose Chris Matthews, who didn’t have a single catch all season except for his four catches for 109 yards in the Super Bowl. The undrafted 25-year-old is in his first season in the NFL and was just signed off of Seattle’s practice squad in December. His first catch came in the second quarter and was Wilson’s first completion of the night, helping to get Seattle’s offense in motion.With that said, I don’t think I would’ve been totally satisfied if the Seahawks had won, either. I consider them lucky to even be playing for a Super Bowl after a pretty lucky win over Green Bay. Couple that with the fact that they almost won on Kearse’s miraculous juggling reception, and I was having a hard time getting over how lucky the Seahawks were.But I am not convinced that the Patriots deserved to win either. With Deflategate now the second cheating scandal during Brady and Belichick’s reign, I question the Pats’ morals and integrity, and basically every game they’ve ever won. I was completely impartial to Deflategate until I saw Brady’s interview with Bob Costas in which his answers came across as evasive and calculated. To be fair, though, I also know that Pete Carroll might not even be the Seattle head coach right now if he hadn’t been caught in a scandal of his own here at USC.Moreover, I don’t like that Brady won the Super Bowl and the MVP on a defensive play. I don’t think the Patriots won so much as Seattle simply failed to finish.And finally, the last straw was the commercials. If I was going to be this dissatisfied with the outcome of the game, I wish I could have at least found some consolation in the commercials. I can count on one hand the number of commercials I found amusing.last_img read more