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Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS)

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Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service Centre
The LDHAS Centre in Edward Street

http://www.ldhas.org.uk/

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Edward Street, Lancaster LA1 1QH

T. 01524 842008

E. admin@ldhas.org.uk

Lancaster and District Homeless Action service (LDHAS) is the leading homeless charity in the Lancaster region.

We work with people from many varied backgrounds where circumstance has led them to be sleeping rough, or struggling to manage their own accommodation. The service is committed to helping people find accommodation and learn the life skills essential for independent living and provide help and support to engage with the job market.

LDHAS has a project called Homeless to Home (H2H), funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. The project focuses on street homeless services users and the aim is to support them in finding appropriate accommodation and sustaining the tenancy. Another part of the H2H project is to equip clients with the life skills needed to enable them to become independent. One way of achieving this is by offering training, volunteering and education opportunities.

We also offer advice on health, benefits, debt management and substance misuse. In addition to this we are a referral pathway for a number of agencies. Our immediate needs service offers  breakfast and a hot lunch, food, shower and clothing and laundry.

We run a varied programme of activities with the aim of engaging our clients in group work and developing self esteem, self confidence and learning new and transferable skills.

Most of the activities are centre based and take place on weekday mornings between 11 am and 12.30. Activities include Art, Music, Song writing, Gardening, Drama, Photography, Quizzes, Dance, Crafts, Personal Development, visits to places of interest.

Volunteer with LDHAS

Our services rely on people who selflessly give up their time to help others. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities with some working directly with service users and others working behind the scenes. Whatever you have to offer, talk to us!

We value our volunteers as much for their life experiences as for their qualifications. All applicants will undergo induction training which will equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively with us.

Christmas Shelter

LDHAS organise an annual Christmas Shelter at St Thomas’s Church for 5 days and 5 nights over the Christmas holiday period. It has always proved a great success. It is enjoyed by all of LDHAS' clients and by the wonderful group of volunteers too, volunteers who give their time freely to make the Shelter a good, safe and hospitable place to be.

The Shelter provides breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks, warmth, security and an overnight stay for people living homeless on the street for those 5 days and nights. Its doors are also be open during the daytime to anyone living in supported accommodation, those living alone and those living in housing poverty. For those who choose to join LDHAS there, there is the opportunity to chat, relax, and enjoy the company of others over the holiday period. 

The Christmas Shelter needs extra volunteers! If you have some spare time and would like to help out at the Christmas Shelter, please contact Peter Williams on volunteering@ldhas.org.uk

Donate to LDHAS

To help LDHAS continue its work, your donations and support are crucial. 

You can send a cheque payable to LDHAS and drop it into the centre, or via post to:
LDHAS. Edward Street. Lancaster. LA1 1QH
marked 'for the attention of Sandra O’Neill / Finance'.

If you prefer to pay a donation via online banking:
Account Name: LDHAS
Sort Code: 40-27-02
Account Number: 41393553
Please use reference: “Shelter2017”

If you are making a monetary donation, and are a UK tax payer, by signing the Gift Aid declaration and returning to us we can claim back 25p from the Inland Revenue for every £1 you donate.

Please complete the details below, sign and return to us if you would like us to reclaim tax on your donation

Donor Details : First Name.............................................Surname................................
Address (House Number): ........... POST CODE...................................
I WISH THIS DECLARATION TO COVER THE ENCLOSED DONATION OF £.....................
And any future donations I may make to LDHAS
Signed........................................................................Date..............................................

On behalf of all at Edward Street, many thanks for your continuing support and our very best wishes for a happy and peaceful home. 
 

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