Unsubtle Skulls Donate clothing to help the homeless

HOPE Charity

The first charity I visited was HOPE and we spoke to the amazing Jo. Jo set up the charity in 2016 with the long-term vision of been able to help all those who find themselves homeless be able to get access to hot meals.

There is a team of volunteers that go out every Saturday night in Newcastle and give out free meals and hot drinks from there pop-up kitchen. They can also provide people with clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries.

They normally arrive between 6:30 – 7:30pm and stay until everyone has had some food. On average they give out 120 meals and 200 hot drink every single week.

HOPE also have a midweek team of volunteers who go out on a Wednesday night. The Walkabout team see those street friends who keep themselves away from larger crowds or those wishing to keep a low profile. The midweek team provide an amazing service of friendship, assistance, hot and cold drinks, snacks, and essentials such as clean socks, underwear, sleeping bags and foil blankets.

We hope our donation of hoodies and t-shirts can add as a extra layer for some of those who find themselves on the streets this Christmas.

Below is a picture of Jo with our Autism awareness hoodie at their shop in Chester le street.

St Vincent’s Community Support Project

The second place we have made a clothing donation to is St Vincent’s in Newcastle. St Vincent’s is a community support project.

They have their own centre in Newcastle that has a café offering free hot meals, community dance space, art classes and family support groups.

On a normal Tuesday Vinnies can feed around 180 local people and give them a chance to catch up with friends in a safe place.

Vinnies is dedicated to fighting poverty in all its forms and thanks to generous donations are able to provide emergency food packs, clothing and toiletries to families in need.


In addition to free meals Vinnies also offer a range of activities

  • A dance and fitness class for over 50s.
  • Chill Studios – A creative based project for people with mental health problems to encourage social inclusion, interaction and develop skills.
  • Christ’s Mission in the World (CMW) – A bilingual church groups with services in English and French.
  • Derek’s Tea Dance – Sequence dancing. A great way to keep fit, meet new friends and maybe even bump into some old ones!
  • Music appreciation – For everyone who enjoys classical music.
  • Spring of Life Church – Counselling and spiritual support offered.
  • Adult Dance Classes – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced 10 week courses available.

For more information about the amazing work both charities are doing then please visit their websites.

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