CHARITY ABSEIL 20 JAN 24

Well they’ve only gone and done it.
Well done Eve Rose Keenan Sarah Jane Sidebottom Craig Chudley and Melissa Nicole Foster Total amount raised not yet calculated but it will be well above £1000. Here are a few photos of them before during and after the 150 foot drop.

CLOSURE OF THE HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS BARNSLEY DROP IN HUB

It is now clear this is not the best use of charity cash, we have given it nearly 2 years to prove its value, unfortunately the interest has not been there to sustain the service.

H4HV charity will concentrate its efforts on our core work providing rapid support to veterans in our area facing homelessness which goes on unabated as we are currently working with 3 homeless veterans here in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

CHRISTMAS 2023 CEOs MESSAGE

CHRISTMAS 2023 CEOs MESSAGE

On behalf of myself and all the Trustees Ambassadors and Volunteers we would like to wish everyone especially those generous people who have supported us this year and all the veterans who have benefitted from our support a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy 2024.

The work goes on albeit slightly less busy than in the unprecedented last reporting year, but we remain in a strong position to meet all of our charitable objectives as we go into 2024.

Catcliffe Veterans Flood Extra Help

South Yorkshire based Help 4 Homeless Veterans charity’s  CEO Steve Bentham-Bates recently advised RMBC officers that any Veteran of HM Armed Forces whose home in Catcliffe has been flooded qualifies for Council financial support.

i:e “Water is above floor level in habitable areas of the house”.

Can apply for an extra £300 charity grant from us to help replace damaged household goods.

Councillor Eve Rose Keenan the RMBC Armed Forces Champion and a trustee of H4HV welcomed the additional support being offered to local veterans affected during such a desperate time.

Eligible Veterans should contact: ceohelp4homelessveterans@gmail.com

Mayor Of Barnsley

On Friday 22nd September we hosted the Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Mick Stowe and Elaine the Lady Mayoress.

A useful visit and the Mayor has agreed to visit our drop in again on Remembrance Sunday

Watch Denis Culyers Story

Dennis Culyer served with the Green Howards for seven years before leaving the British Army and seeking a new life abroad. But on his return, he was faced with the daunting prospect of sleeping on the streets, until Help 4 Homeless Veterans – a military charity the Veterans’ Foundation is proud to support – stepped in and ensured he had somewhere safe to stay. Please take a few moments to listen to Dennis’ emotional story.

ROTHERHAM WOODLANDS CLUB FUNDRAISER

Thankyou to the WOODLANDSTOCK 2023 event organisers including Joan Earnshaw for inviting HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS Charity to have a fundraising stand with you today.

Ably staffed by our own Chair John Healy and Trustee Eve Rose Keenan. So sorry I couldnt be there but hope to be fit for duty again soon.

Thanks also to the club for your ongoing support since Easter. I will come 1 evening to give a short presentation on the work of our charity helping local veterans in all Yorkshire and North/NE Lincolnshire Joani

CEO’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON 1ST FEBRUARY 2023

 

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS CHARITY

CEO’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON 1ST FEBRUARY 2023

CHANGE OF AREAS OF OPERATION

Following serious discussions amongst the charity’s trustees, myself and the Founder, we have decided that due to the ongoing increasing calls for help from the charity, now double what they were only 3-4 years ago, plus the number of other groups offering similar support that have set up around the Country since our charity was created ten years ago:

from now we will concentrate our efforts supporting homeless veterans in the YORKSHIRE and North East LINCOLNSHIRE areas only.

This has not been an easy decision to make. We are proud of the fact that the charity has assisted over 800 veterans as far afield as The Channel Islands, Pembrokeshire, Cumbria, East Anglia and along the South Coast as well as our home area since we began working with vulnerable veterans.

But the sheer numbers now requiring assistance from our limited resources has caused us to make this difficult decision to change to our policy.

Last year we assisted 99 veterans, in the past 9 months we have already supported over 95 veterans facing homelessness as well as disbursing over 60 Fuel poverty support grants. We have also opened a new DROP IN facility in Barnsley and provided a number of veterans with days out at the Therapy Farm we work with.

This level of assistance is not sustainable for a small charity, hence our decision.

It has been left to as near as possible to the 1st April when OP FORTITUDE comes on line to alleviate too many veterans missing out from our help. 

Veterans seeking assistance outside of our new areas of operation should contact the various other groups and charities working with homeless veterans. 

Contact the VETERANS GATEWAY for other organisations that can help you.


Steve Bentham-Bates

STEVEN BENTHAM-BATES BA HONS
CEO
HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS
07305 260798

CEOs CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2022

Well here we are once again, another calendar year almost over and HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS Charity no 1148155 has again increased our activities in every way.
 
Since January 2022 we have provided assistance to 106 veterans throughout England and Wales facing homelessness including a street homeless lady veteran in Barnsley as well as a company strength body of sofa surfers and car sleepers. Whether its because our response times are better known in the veterans community or there are more homeless veterans the number we have assisted has year on year now for the past 4 years increased which is worrying.
 
Thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Veterans Foundation, this winter we have so far delivered £4000 of Utility Bill Support to 40 veterans 
 
The highlight of 2022 though has to be finally achieving our aim of opening a Drop In Centre in Barnsley Town Centre in April. This is now developing into a useful advice and support hub for local veterans culminating in the recent Christmas Party. We have been visited by 3 local MPs the High Sheriff and a number of local Councillors as well as other support groups who we have agreed to let them use our location to meet their clients.
 
Other achievements include running trips out using our Minibus. Indeed they are so successful we have arranged to upgrade to a larger bus with disabled access which will be available from Spring 2023. The Therapy Farm has been the main trip which has been enjoyed by around 50 veterans this year including our own Ambassador Amber and her son Brandon.
We also ditched our display trailer and replaced it with a purpose built exhibition Van which is ready to deploy to various fund raising events as opportunities arise.
 
We remain very grateful to every organisation and individuals who support our work. Without your help none of the veterans we have worked with would have benefitted from the range of support we continue to provide. Thankyou all and a Merry Christmas.

EXCITING NEW DROP IN CENTRE

Opening on 25th April

Coming soon signing for the keys