Chesterfield RRT Support 24 Hour Sofa Surf
RRT Serve Over 200 Hot Meals to Homeless and Vulnerable, Supporters and Community Volunteers at Queens Park Chesterfield
The World Homeless Day in Chesterfield on Thursday 8th October was a truly amazing 24-hour event with communities coming together from all over Derbyshire to support the homeless and vulnerable!
On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th October Rapid Relief Team carried out shifts covering 24 hours in Queens Park Chesterfield supporting SAFE, part of the Framework HA Charity to mark the World Homeless Day (WHD). The event brought communities together from Buxton, High Peak, Matlock, Chesterfield down to South Derbyshire in Swadlincote.
Chesterfield, Doncaster and Sheffield Rapid Relief Team volunteers worked tirelessly together to serve hot meals and refreshments and temporary flood lights through the night.
“Sofa Surfing” is a term used by people with no fixed abode, who resort to sleeping every night on a different sofa, often with people they don’t know.
The adapted 2 seater sofa complete with surfboard was pushed and officially started off by Deputy Police Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa. He said “I’ve done 2 laps and I hope it makes other people come and support”.
The Sofa Push was maintained constantly 24 hours and pushed by supported Homeless and vulnerable young people aged 18 to 25, along with supporters and volunteers from local businesses and members of the public.
The Sofa relay never stopped …changing hands to a squad from Chesterfield FC including Darren McQuade and team mascot “Chester the Mouse”. Chester found the cheese in the RRT Marquee a major distraction, making regular attempts to take a slice!
The staff at SAFE Charity do a fantastic job helping homeless youngsters into settled shelter, guiding them with life skills, money management and how to find employment.
Rapid Relief Team also gave 60 hygiene packs and 16 food boxes to homeless people at the event.
Mike, a young supported homeless teenager said “Rapid Relief Team are a brilliant organisation…they’ve given me a food box which I’m very grateful for, with all porridge and food, soup… it makes me very happy! Thanks very much guys for all your support!”
Emily Baggeley of SAFE who looks after 51 young people in supported accommodation and 128 people in floating support throughout Derbyshire commented “Rapid Relief Team have supported us one hundred percent…the event wouldn’t have been able to go ahead had it not been for the Rapid Relief team…they’re fantastic people”