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Registered Charity No: 1098126
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An Overview of HARP's Service...

HARP’s ‘Drop In’ Day Centre based in Valkyrie Road - Westcliff has handled up to 20,000 visits in any given twelve month period. HARP also operates a Night Shelter in York Road - Southend and 2 Medium Stay Hostels / Residences located in Ceylon Road & Genesta Road - Westcliff to assist the even more serious cases of those clients who need specialist help. As a result of these visits HARP has been able to turn around the lives of more than 2,000 people in a year to help and assist them into a more comfortable existence, with dignity. The Valkyrie Road Day Centre provides up to 50 hot lunchtime meals to hungry people every day, some who may not have eaten anything at all for several days. HARP saves lives!

There are facilities at the Day Centre for Homeless people to shower and obtain fresh clean clothing. There are also supplies of toiletries available. Furthermore, there are a few washing machines and dryers with washing powder supplied for those who wish to use them. These facilities are in constant use and are only possible with grateful thanks to donations.

An alarming proportion of HARP’s clients are young people in the 16 – 25 year age group. The majority of people of all ages become Homeless due to family breakdown on many levels, for example, through separation and divorce, financial difficulties, domestic violence, bullying and abuse. People who suffer from mental illness and those suffering breakdowns are also very likely to find themselves Homeless, as they can become extremely vulnerable and unable to care for themselves in day to day situations. 

Depression is also very high on the list as a root cause of people from all backgrounds and all walks of life becoming Homeless to then find they have nowhere to turn to, or run to, other than an organisation such as HARP who have provided the only 24hr service to the Homeless in Essex and is the very last resort for many thousands of people in South Essex.

So how many organisations are there like HARP? Well, in the entire County of Essex there are just three such services with only 53 night service accommodation beds available. HARP supply 20, the Chelmsford service provides 13 and 50 miles away in Colchester they provide 20 beds and that is it! Southend, allegedly, has the fifth largest Homelessness problem in the entire UK.

In the past twelve months HARP’s ‘Drop In’ Day Centre provided 6,700 meals and 1,700 food parcels to desperate and hungry Homeless people. This particular Centre relies heavily upon the kindness and generosity of our local Churches and Schools (especially at Harvest Festival times) as well as Trusts, Foundations, Grantmakers, local businesses and individuals.

Homelessness is not a ‘cute charity’ but it has a devastating effect on all age groups. This social problem cannot be ignored and is, in fact, on the increase. Please help us if you can! 

HARP operates a strict NO DRUGS policy.

DAY SERVICE :   59 Valkyrie Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 8AW  Telephone: 01702 430696
NIGHT SERVICE :   58 York Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2BY  Telephone: 01702 602913
SUPPORTED     Ceylon Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7HP  Telephone: 01702 344516
ACCOMMODATION :   Genesta Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex  SS0 8DA  Telephone: 01702 351541
ACORN :   117 York Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex  SS1 2DL  Telephone: 01702 619089
HEAD OFFICE :   117 York Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex  SS1 2DL  Telephone: 01702 615000
CHARITY SHOP :   420 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex  SS0 9LA  Telephone: 01702 330261