Two people supported by SPEAR, the south-west London charity assisting people from rough sleeping back to independent living, have recently been commended for their community contributions.
Mayor of Kingston Award
Once homeless due to complex circumstances, Andy White rebuilt his independence with support from SPEAR and wanted to leverage his lived experience to support others. Andy has undertaken certified training to become a Peer Mentor Volunteer and completed 474 hours of volunteering in the past year. Andy continues to be an ambassador for SPEAR, giving talks and even representing SPEAR in an emergency appeal on Global’s national radio stations.
Andy’s efforts have deservedly been recognised in this year’s Kingston-Upon-Thames Mayor’s Community Awards, where he won The Mayor’s Covid Award for outstanding service to the royal borough during the pandemic.
Upon receiving the Mayor’s award, Andy said: “I’ve come a long way personally, but I wouldn’t have been able to without SPEAR. The people are so committed and the job they do is just inspiring, it has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of SPEAR.”
UK Youth Award
Out of 355 nominations, SPEAR client Kas has been awarded the – a testament to Kas’ vital role in multiple projects that provide help to young people experiencing homelessness. Alongside supporting residents in SPEAR’s young person’s hostel, Kas volunteers with the Prisoners Education Trust and NHS vaccination programme.
Rosie Reynolds, who manages SPEAR’s young person’s engagement project said, “We at SPEAR are so proud of Kas’s win. It is recognition of Kas’s approach to life – always looking for ways to raise up those around her.”
The programmes mentioned are generously funded by trusts and grants. However, SPEAR also relies on voluntary donations from the local community. To support SPEAR you can go to their website at: www.spearlondon.org or donate directly via their crowd funding appeal ‘SPEAR still needs your help to address homelessness’: crowdfunder.co.uk/spear-appeal-2021