In 2015, the UK government street count estimated 3,569 people are experiencing homeless across England, which is double the number from 2010. Various homelessness agencies estimate 12% of rough sleepers are women but point out that this is likely to be an underestimate. There are high levels of vulnerability for this female population including increased physical danger, mental health issues, domestic violence, drug/alcohol dependencies and other traumatic life events.
With female homelessness on the rise, it is imperative to get this susceptible population the support it needs. The Marylebone Project provides crucial support to women who have had to endure traumatic homelessness situations and empowers hundreds of women to gain independent living. The Marylebone Project is the largest women’s project in London supporting around 300 women a week through its day center and providing more than 40,000 nights of accommodation to homeless women last year. Additionally, the organization provides education, employment and training opportunities to support their client so that women have all the resources to successfully move into independent living.
Zendesk and Marylebone Project
Our London team regularly teams up with Marylebone Project to provide them extra help wherever they need. Most recently, a group of volunteers helped to pack 200 hygiene kits together. Each kit contains a tote bag, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, body lotion, body wash, deodorant and a towel. The kits will be handed out to the ladies using their short and long term beds, and also to any women who come in to use their drop in day center.
How to get involved:
- Volunteer with Marylebone – Visit the website learn more about getting involved.
- Donate resources and materials - Marylebone can always use donated materials as well as financial support. Learn more here.
- Order catering through Munch in Marylebone, Marylebone Project’s social enterprise.