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News archive 2012

Read our archived news stories from 2012

  • World Homeless Day
    Thames Reach is calling on the public to help raise money in aid of some of Londons most vulnerable people to mark World Homeless Day on Wednesday 10 October.
  • Hand gel menace
    Thames Reach is warning of the dangers of alcohol hand gels which are being stolen from hospitals and then drunk by homeless people with chronic alcohol problems.
  • Help for Londons homeless during the cold weather
    Thames Reach has increased the number of outreach shifts looking for rough sleepers and emergency accommodation is being set up by local authorities to house homeless people across the capital as London shivers in the grip of an icy cold snap.
  • New shared housing model offers peer support to formerly homeless people in work
    Thames Reach in conjunction with Commonweal Housing has launched an innovative project providing shared housing and peer support to formerly homeless people who are working or close to returning to employment aiming to address the challenges caused by rising unemployment and changes to housing benefits for 25-34 year olds.
  • Minimum pricing will reduce super-strength misery
    Thames Reach welcomes the news that the Coalition Government is to introduce legislation setting a minimum alcohol price of 40p per unit in England.
  • Ending rough sleeping in Lambeth
    Renowned actress and local resident Joanna Lumley was the special guest at the official launch in Waterloo of the drive to end rough sleeping in the London borough of Lambeth.
  • Conference to share good practice in helping homeless Europeans return home
    Two of the UKs leading homelessness charities have teamed up with the Government to host a free conference sharing good practice in helping destitute and homeless EU nationals return home.
  • From the streets to the palace
    A former rough sleeper who spent nearly a quarter of a century living on the streets and in hostels is to receive an OBE for his services to homeless people.
  • Campaign launched to target begging in Lambeth
    The homelessness charity Thames Reach has joined forces with Lambeth Council to launch an advertising campaign educating the public on the links between begging and the use of heroin, crack cocaine and alcohol.
  • Complaint lodged over Daily Mail article
    Thames Reach has made a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission regarding an inaccurate and discriminatory Daily Mail article. You can read the full complaint below.
  • The Olympics, London and homelessness
    As the worlds gaze falls upon London as the largest global sporting event arrives in town, the following briefing looks at the issue of the Olympics, London and homelessness.
  • Olympic torch passes Thames Reach's Employment Academy
    The iconic Olympic torch made its way through Camberwell yesterday, passing Thames Reachs flagship Employment Academy which will open later this year and help hundreds of local residents and formerly homeless people to find work.
  • The Mayor of Southwark visits Thames Reach's Employment Academy
    The Mayor of Southwark, councillor Althea Smith, visited the Thames Reach Employment Academy last week to look at the progress of the restoration work on the Edwardian building which will house this facility for long-term unemployed Londoners and people who have experienced homelessness.
  • Olympian effort rewarded
    A charity worker from Thames Reachs London Street Rescue service has been commended by the Mayor of Greenwich for his services to the community.
  • Charity and NHS join forces to help Hackneys homeless with award-winning project
    The homelessness charity Thames Reach has joined forces with NHS North East London and the City to deliver a unique award-winning service providing homeless people in Hackney and East London with free health, housing and welfare advice.
  • Thames Reach trainees rejuvenate Southwark Council resource centre
    Trainees from a painting and decorating training scheme helping formerly homeless people get their lives back on track, have rejuvenated a busy Southwark Council resource centre.
  • Property makeover for the formerly homeless
    Volunteers from the international law firm Bird &Bird recently spent a day completing a makeover of a Thames Reach supported housing property in West Hampstead.
  • Super-strength ban
    Thames Reach has welcomed moves to ban the sale of super-strength drinks in Ipswich and called on other towns and cities across England to follow suit.
  • Daily Mail backs down over misleading article on homelessness
    Thames Reach, Homeless Link and concerned individuals have been successful in getting the Daily Mail to back down over an article on homelessness which was both inaccurate and potentially prejudicial and in danger of encouraging racial discrimination.
  • An eye for tackling homelessness in London
    Two formerly homeless men who spent many years sleeping rough on the streets surrounding the South Bank area of London realised one of their dreams last week when they were given the chance to ride the London Eye.
  • Award-winning project
    The Greenhouse Walk-in centre in Hackney grabbed third spot at the Andy Ludlow Awards, the UKs leading homelessness awards, at a ceremony held at the House of Commons.
  • From the streets to the palace
    A former rough sleeper who lost nearly a quarter of a century to homelessness and alcoholism is to receive an OBE tomorrow at Buckingham Palace for his services to homeless people.
  • Homelessness and health sector link-up as easy as pie
    The homelessness and health sectors have teamed up to provide professional psychological support and supportive housing to former rough sleepers in London in a bid to help them turn their lives around.
  • The Employment Academy hosts Thames Reach's service user conference 2012
    Formerly homeless men and women and the long term unemployed were given a taste of the work opportunities on offer at Thames Reachs Employment Academy in Camberwell which is due to open later this year.
  • Thames Reach statement on minimum pricing
    Homelessness charity Thames Reach has led a campaign for the past seven years to reduce the damage caused by super-strength lagers and ciders. Thames Reach has urged the Government to increase the price of these dangerous products through taxation and requested the drink companies to self-regulate by raising the price of super-strength alcohol or cease production as a way of encouraging problems drinkers to move to weaker, less harmful brands.
  • Thames Reach statement on minimum pricing
    Homelessness charity Thames Reach has led a campaign for the past seven years to reduce the damage caused by super-strength lagers and ciders. Thames Reach has urged the Government to increase the price of these dangerous products through taxation and requested the drink companies to self-regulate by raising the price of super-strength alcohol or cease production as a way of encouraging problems drinkers to move to weaker, less harmful brands.
  • Inspiring new sculpture goes up at the Employment Academy
    An 18 foot, one tonne sculpture based around an Edwardian spiral staircase an original feature of the renovated building housing the Thames Reach Employment Academy has found a new home in the courtyard there.
  • Top London hotel delivers Christmas joy to hostel residents
    Staff from the five star Four Seasons Hotel in Mayfair recently took time out of their busy Christmas schedule to collect and deliver a large food donation to Thames Reachs Graham House hostel in south London.
  • Mayor of Southwark congratulates former homeless trainees
    The Mayor of Southwark, Althea Smith, awarded certificates earlier this week to six formerly homeless men who have all successfully completed a painting and decorating training course run by Thames Reach.
  • Christmas presents for the homeless
    Kate Hoey MP was on hand this week to give Christmas presents bought by employees in Vauxhall to the former rough sleepers living in a Thames Reach hostel in Lambeth.