St Anne’s very first homeless service was set up in Leeds in 1971. At that time a group of people identified the need for a daytime refuge for homeless people.
St Anne’s Community Services Resource Centre decided to host a week long programme of events which the first taking place on 8 October 2018 in recognition of World Homeless Week at our specialist Resource Centre in Leeds.
On Monday 8 October St Anne’s Resource Centre invited guests to the relaunch of their St Anne’s Resource Centre, to reflect and celebrate their achievements over the years and look towards the future. They had chosen to do this during the week of World Homeless Day to serve as a fitting tribute to the event and have produced a schedule of themed events for that week which will include:
- Special Guest Speakers
- Information on our services and our partner agencies
- Focus on mental and Physical health
- Diversity and Inclusion Workshops
About St Anne’s Resource Centre
St Anne’s Resource Centre is a central and accessible service in Leeds offering a unique open-door policy for people who are vulnerable within the City, this can include those rough sleeping, vulnerably housed and homeless. The service offered is safe and welcoming and provides individuals with an opportunity to access support in a more flexible manner.
St Anne’s Resource Centre is the only service in Leeds that offers shower and washing facilities and access to clean clothing and underwear, providing clean towels and toiletries all day within the working week to maintain dignity.
Unique also to St Anne’s Resource Centre is the provision of a ‘safe mail address’ that can be accessed by those rough sleeping or vulnerably housed. This enables individuals to make and maintain benefit claims, keep in contact with housing providers as well as family and support agencies.
St Anne’s Resource Centre is well respected and known across the City as a place of support for the most vulnerable individuals. Members of the public, service users, British transport police, the local authority and various other support agencies direct vulnerable individuals to St Anne’s Resource Centre.
St Anne’s Resource Centre has a strong and supportive relationship with non-UK nationals who are not eligible for financial and housing support.
The ‘Breakfast Club’ has become an integral part of the St Anne’s Resource centre. Organically growing over the years to respond to the changing needs of those most vulnerable in Leeds. The Breakfast Club began as one morning a week from 8.30 to 9.30. This service is now offered 5 days a week from 8am until 9.00am. It has proven to be a valuable forum for new clients to integrate with not only other clients, but also other services which historically they may have struggled to engage with. It provides an opportunity for clients to take the initial steps into addressing their issues in a less formal environment.