Simon on the Streets is an independent Yorkshire based charity that works with those who have unmet complex needs and cannot or will not access mainstream services. Within that group the focus is on people who are homeless and rootless, especially those with issues related to rough sleeping. Remaining independent of statutory funding is critical to our success as it allows us to work without restrictions and to deliver tailor-made support on an individual basis. The aim of the charity is to bring people leading solitary harmful lives, with little or no vision for a better future in from the margins of society. The charity will achieve this by supporting people to find aspirations and giving unlimited opportunities to achieve sustainable positive change.
The charity achieves this by offering support on an entirely outreach basis with no time limits thus removing many of the key barriers to engagement experienced in this field. The approach taken with service users is to recognise emotional support as a high value offering and to understand that building a quality relationship with service users will underpin any support given. Our workers support people to find aspirations and give unlimited opportunities to achieve sustainable positive change. This emotional support evolves over time to underpin more practical activity around advocacy and liaison with other specialist services.
The charity recognise that positive change will often be slow to achieve and commits to ensuring that at times of slow change / no change it will not allow efforts to decrease. Simon on the Streets remembers and engages those that so many forget.