A large part of our work as a charity is and needs to be, around talking about the realities of homelessness and bringing to the fore the issues in our communities. Homelessness is something we can feel removed from and it is something often misunderstood. We offer talks to schools and youth groups as well as classroom resources, activities and workshops that look at challenging stereotypes, developing the children’s empathy and understanding of homelessness and allowing them to consider what different types of support are needed to help someone who is homeless and how Turning Tides and the wider community meets these needs.
The aim is for pupils to develop a better understanding of a need in their community and how they as individuals and with their families and school can contribute to their community by fundraising for Turning Tides. We hope the content of these lessons will help deliver the school’s SMSC, PHSE and RE curriculum.
Please see our resources below to introduce the topic of homelessness and the work of Turning Tides to your school or youth group.
- KS1 resource - Harvest lesson activity - KS1- Download
- KS2 and KS3 resource - KS2+KS3 - Assembly-Class activity - Download
- KS1 resource - KS1 - Ideal home+Priorities activity - Download
- PowerPoint quiz suitable for all ages - TT PPT True or False
You could support Turning Tides and the local homeless by participating in one our our many fundraisers, join us on Woolly Hat Day, International Homeless Day, join a SleepOut or run your own using our handy SleepOut pack, donate at Harvest, hold a dress down day or organise your own fundraiser such as a talent show, bake sale and much more. We can support all your efforts and can provide fundraising tools and guides.
You can also visit our Testimonials page to see real life stories about the people we have supported. Sometimes these can be the best way of learning about homelessness and it makes it real. Please also feel free to contact the Fundraising Team on 01903 680740 / firstname.lastname@example.org at any time to arrange for a member of staff to come in and speak with your class or in your school assembly. We love to answer any questions and embrace all opportunities to speak about the work the charity does in our local area.