The University of Sheffield is delighted to bring back our Wrap Up Sheffield campaign again for another winter; with the days starting to get colder and winter taking hold we know that there are many people who suffer more than many of us as the temperatures start to fall.

As in 2019 we are working with The Archer Project in Sheffield. The organisation was founded in 1990 and supports homeless and vulnerable people living in Sheffield City Centre and the wider city region. They are a charity with a holistic approach believing problems are more easily solved by building relationships, understanding the individual and looking at the bigger picture. The Archer Project offers support with education, mental wellbeing and health care, a route back to work and assistance towards permanent housing.

Like most organisations The Archer Project has had a period of restrictions and social distancing but these have not stopped them from helping Sheffield’s homeless and vulnerably housed community. Throughout all of the lockdowns the AP remained open, providing food and support for people who needed it the most. Since the ease of restrictions the AP started to let more people through the doors and re-open the medical and dental clinics, and just recently started running activity groups again including every two weeks the social stability group where people can go and do some arts and crafts which included pumpkin carving over Halloween.

The Wrap Up Sheffield campaign simply asks that if you have warm clothes, whether they are jumpers, hoodies, scarves, socks, trousers or footwear etc. that you no longer require and are able to donate to the Archer Project, then please email Steve Timmins (s.r.timmins@sheffield.ac.uk) with what you can donate and when you are able to bring it to The Edge (34, Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield, S10 3ED) and we will ensure your donation is passed to The Archer Project to support the amazing work that they continue to do.

During 2020, the Archer Project supported 850 people, gave out 8,400 breakfast, lunch & sandwich bags, supported 90 new people during the lockdowns and turned on washing machines an amazing 1250 times for service users during the year too.

The Archer Project is just about to launch its Christmas campaign called ‘Silent Night, Lonely Night: Suzanne’s Story’ and focuses on Suzanne who is a Progression Support Worker at the project and who was homeless for some time before asking for support from the project. The Christmas campaign highlights the journey a person can take to becoming homeless & underlines that homelessness isn’t a choice, sometimes it’s the effects of trauma, hardships, tragedy, and for Suzanne, it was the effects of many years of domestic abuse.

Additionally to the Wrap Up Sheffield campaign you can support The Archer Project via the Christmas Carol Service – https://www.archerproject.org.uk/events/christmas-carol-service and the Christmas Jumper Day – https://www.archerproject.org.uk/events/christmas-jumper-day-2021 but please don’t forget to contact us additionally with any warm clothing you can donate too.

Thank you