Students reach out to help Leicesters homeless

Students from our University are embodying community spirit with regular outreaches to deliver necessities to Leicester’s homeless citizens, and have recently raised funds for further support through public donations.

The Homeless Outreach Society are dedicated to increasing awareness of Leicester’s homeless population, and making a positive impact on their lives. On Sundays they deliver donated left-over food from local outlets to those sleeping rough.

In the cold winter nights leading up to Christmas, students distributed boxes made up with essential items such as hats, gloves, scarves, toothbrushes and sanitary towels, and have also recently managed to raise £150 through their ‘go fund me’ page to fund the purchase of sleeping bags and blankets.

Matthew McCluskey, President of the society, said: “We created this society in order to raise awareness about the hardships the homeless community face. I believe that we are well on the way to making a positive impact to the Homeless people in Leicester however we are always striving to do more.

“We have achieved a lot in such a short time and we plan to keep working until the society becomes entrenched in our University. We started with a very small group of 3 people and we have grown to a membership of 25 students. We recently ran a stall at refreshers festival where we had over 50 people state their interest in joining our cause, which filled us with hope as it showed us that we can continue to grow and make an even larger impact than we could have ever hoped to achieve. We implore anyone who wants to get involved to get in contact and join us in our fight to improve the lives of the homeless community in Leicester.”