Fresher's Day at New College Swindon

On the 8th September 2016, Threshold were invited to attend the New College Fresher's event.

We took this opportunity to challenge their students on their awareness of homelessness by asking them to build their own bed out of cardboard boxes and enter our competition to win a mystery prize.

We met some lovely students that were up for the challenge. 8 teams (up to 5 people per team) in total took part and used their brilliant creativity and skills to create them. Please have a look at their work below. 

 

 

And the winner is: Jade Tonks. We felt that Jade demonstrated the best skills to build her bed. It was made with ingenuity, practicality and rapidity. Well done Jade, you left us very impressed!

Join us for a coffee & a piece of cake

Please join us for our Coffee Morning on Saturday 17th September 2016. We will be exhibiting some of our residents amazing artwork and poetry, including Steve’s famous Robots! There will be a raffle with some fantastic prizes, so come along and relax with coffee and delicious cakes before getting your weekly shopping.

 

Sleepout 2015

 

 

 

Winter Sleep Out 2015

A big thank you to everyone who braved the elements (it was very cold!) at our annual SLEEP OUT in 2015.

By joining us participants showed solidarity with the homeless and raised funds to support our Street Outreach service. We are on course to raise £5,000, which is a fantastic effort and much needed.

We are always interested in hearing from anyone who would want to take part - at any time of year. Alternatively we want to work with community groups, clubs, schools or companies to develop your own specific Sleep Out to help support the homeless.

You can make a valuable contribution – so please contact us by emailing adminthreshold@thl.org.uk

 

Run4Home

On the 17 May 2014 participants took part in a river-ridge relay organised on behalf of Threshold. The course took them across the scenic Thames Path and Ridgeway encompassing 9 stages of cycling and running, finishing in Swindon; a total of 78 miles.

The idea for this event was inspired by an ex-serviceman from Swindon, who had become homeless and having hit ‘rock bottom’ he found himself on Tower Bridge and was on the verge of jumping into the river and ending it all. A passer-by spent some time talking to him and convinced him to go home. This he did by walking the entire distance from London to Swindon. The man, with our support, went on to hold down a job and live in accommodation with a secure tenancy.

It took him days to walk all the way but it took our supporters a couple of hours raising vital funds for us. Well done and thanks to all those who took part.

Threshold’s run4home started as one man’s long journey back from the edge.

Threshold have made that journey again and again for a number of years to raise funds to provide vital services to Swindon’s homeless. 

Phil's dirty dozen

 

Phil's Dirty Dozen - by Paul Kyson

 

We are running 12 half marathons through 2016, in memory of Phil Smith. He had worked for Threshold for over 20 years, and was a true champion for the under dog. He has helped change the lives of many people who have sought help from Threshold, Paul being among them.

He experienced first hand, the hardship of having to travel to Oxford for radiotherapy treatment, and prior to his passing, had been very passionate about the Brighter Futures campaign. He even attempted to raise money through a sponsored bike ride that unfortunately he could not complete due to ill health (his son-in-law took his place).

We’ve run Wokingham, Yeovil, and Bournemouth Bay half marathons so far, with Ridgeway Revenge coming up on the 18th June.  Please donate now and help us make this a fitting tribute to an amazing man.

Thank You

 

Paul's Virgin Money page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TeamDirtyDozen

Paul's Twitter:

@PSDirtyDozen 

Paul's Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/philsdirtydozen

Paul's article in the Swindon Advertiser:

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14196613.Marathon_challenge_for_homeless_charity_workers/

End of the Track

End of the Track Event Raises

This years ‘End of the Track’ event at the Lawn Community Centre raised an amazing £660 to support Threshold’s work with Swindon’s homeless.

Sincere thanks again go to Wendy who organised the event as well as those who attended and everyone at Lawn. We received a very warm welcome when we accepted the cheque on behalf of the homeless at the Community Centre on the 17th October.

Once again a very big thank you!

Lawn Community Centre Oct 2014

If you missed it this time around, don’t worry, as we hope to be doing it all again, rocking to the sounds of the 60s, on the 12 September next year.

We will keep you posted.

Swindon // 1 John Street // SN1 1RT

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