23 May 2020

Friday Update

It's been a busy week and one morning I actually began at 5am when we were contacted for help and advice. This week we have been contacted by 3 people who were homeless so yes people are still homeless or are becoming homeless during this epidemic.

It really caught up with me yesterday and I felt tired for most of the day. Despite that, if we are needed I will still go out and help, you just never know when the phone is going to ring or a message/email will come in.

Today we received a message to call in at St Caradog and the staff had collected us a large donation of food items. We received a lovely selection which has already gone to help 6 families & individuals.

Liz Avery also gave me some fresh fruit, veg, and long-life food items which were added to this to help those mentioned above. Liz also kindly made my family 2 curries and rice for our dinner this evening. It was lovely and I had to giggle watching them sweat eating the hot curry.

I also managed to arrange for someone to receive help with their laundry and charged up battery packs as it is still pretty impossible for anyone living under canvas to be able to do this with coffee shops/libraries remaining closed.

Our thanks to the staff of St Caradog for their kindness and support and also Liz for making us a curry which gave me a night off from cooking.

Amanda x

Charity Commission Registration

We are proud and have great pleasure in announcing that as of the 12th May 2020, Homeless Pembrokeshire is now a registered charity. 

Reg no 1189449.


Delivery of new vehicle

Homeless Pembrokeshire's Outreach Vehicle

We would like to say a huge thank you to Steve Grimes of GRS Motor Group based in London Road Industrial Estate 3, Poolman Court, Pembroke Dock who have supplied this fabulous 19 plate Ford Transit Connect for us to be able to provide outreach.

Steve has totally blown us away with his generosity which now makes life so much easier reaching those in need. We have always gone out to the client rather than the client come to us because we understand how difficult it can be. There is plenty of room to carry emergency rough sleeper packs, baby bank supplies, and groceries when needed for clients without struggling. Armed with a laptop and mobile phone we can now respond even quicker than before.

Steve very generously took care of the insurance and even a full tank of fuel including arrangements for the van to be signed with GRS Motor Group & Homeless Pembrokeshire.

We have already received compliments from people loving the look, so if you do see us on the road please give us a wave.

Thank you, Steve and we will always be indebted to you. I absolutely love it.

Amanda X


Collection at Morrisons 28/02/2020

Today we had the opportunity to have a bucket collection in Morrisons, Haverfordwest.

Liz Avery (pictured on the left) who is super organised came armed with sandwiches, drinks, and snacks including foot warmers that we could put in our shoes. These were an absolute godsend as I was frozen to the bone. I went in and also bought some heat packs which we both stuck to our backs to help keep us warm. It really is physically draining and cold doing these bucket collections. We stood just inside the main doors for 8.5hrs in a bid to raise as much as we could for Homeless Pembrokeshire. We also had the opportunity to speak to many, some we have helped in the past and some wanting to know more.

We experienced lots of highs and lows today as well as struggling to stay warm but despite that, we managed to raise a whopping £897.86p

We would like to express our gratitude to Sian who is Morrisons Community Connector for allowing us in-store today. Thank you also to all the very kind Morrisons customers for their generous donations. Lastly thank you to Anne de Salis and our other 3 members who came along to help collect, we couldn't have done it without you and we hope you have thawed out by now. Well done everyone xxxx 

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10 June 2019

Start of a new week and with a bit of expense this morning we are afraid. Another £90 was spent on a further 7 days campsite fees for one of our rough sleepers so they can camp legally. Jane and I are still battling to find affordable accommodation. Thankfully they have showers and toilets available and we are able to take provisions out to them.

In one respect this person is better off than some, as you may know wild camping is illegal in England and Wales without the permission of the land owner. It's a risk many have to take. Other options are the hostel but that depends on certain criteria and if there is room, sofa surfing, out buildings and so on.

Pembrokeshire can be lovely when the sun is shinning and grim when it's wet & cold and your having to live outside. Unless you can afford transport the only way to get about is on foot. That could be a long walk to a food bank for supplies or to keep an appointment. Sundays are pretty quiet with no library's open and only the Olive Branch in Haverfordwest early evening for a cuppa and possibly something to eat.

We hope we get the message out there that we are available 7 days a week for those who are homeless or in a food crisis situation. We are all unpaid volunteers who are happy to go to the need of others when someone has no where else to turn.

Amanda x

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Be A Good Egg

We are going to be putting funds in place shortly so that those that find themselves having to use the Trussell Trust Food Bank can obtain fresh vegetables also. We already provided £600 worth of fresh meat vouchers and are always looking for other ways to help. This will guarantee fresh vegetables from local businesses rather than be dependant on what is on offer via Fareshare and the Community Fridges.

We also decided eggs are useful and wonder if you would like to be A Good Egg, Would you like to donate to the cause?

So scramble over to to our website www.amandashomelesspembrokeshire.co.uk where you can simply donate £1.00

Sorry that's enough of the egg jokes😆

Amanda x


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8 June 2019

Two requests received today from people needing food which we have supplied and delivered. Both currently homeless I am afraid.

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As some of you maybe aware wild camping in England and Wales is currently not permitted. The CRoW (Countryside and Rights of Way) Act 2000 forbids camping unless you have the express permission of the landowner.

This week we have had to assist a rough sleeper by paying for them to use a campsite which includes the use of showers, toilets and electric. It's certainly not ideal but at least they do not have to break the law and it provides some basics. We are trying to help source accommodation but we will have to continue to pay to keep them there for the time being. There is also the expense of laundry and food which we are taking care of.

If anyone would like to help please see our website www.amandashomelesspembrokeshire.co.uk where you can donate using PayPal.

This morning we did a grocery shop to help a family and delivered it to them.

After lunch it was a trip over to Pembroke Dock to collect some beautiful knitwear left at The Wool Shop, St Govans Center, Pembroke Dock. I will take some photo's and post them for you shortly. Thanks Gwyneth LLoyd and knitters for all your support.

This cold I have is now going through my whole household so it's feet up now for a cuppa.

Amanda x

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6 June 2019

We have been busy supporting a rough sleeper the past couple of days and yesterday Jack The Trim Barber who is in the High Street, Haverfordwest worked his magic again for us. It's wonderful to see the difference it makes to the person not just visually but the self respect it gives back. We feel it's important to encourage them to look their best and not fall into the mindset I can't be bothered, I don't care anymore. We have been told in the past I have never been to a Barbers or bothered with aftershave, suddenly with a bit of care and encouragement that start taking a pride in themselves and we catch them looking in the mirror. A hot shower followed along with a cooked breakfast and they were set up for the day. Thank you so much Jack The Barber for all you do.

Jane and I assisted someone with some forms that they had received and we even personally delivered them to make sure they arrived safely.

Picked up a copy of this weeks Big Issue off of Richard in Haverfordwest and late evening dropped a food parcel off.

Also yesterday we decided as I was unavailable for 2 days a week to those who don't attend DWP we felt it was in the best interest of those that are vulnerable to have the access to HP that they had grown to expect. It mean't that I was having to go out afterwards and finishing very late. It is difficult to be desk bound when help is needed. Many people lack confidence and we are asked if we can attend with them. We would like to thank all the staff at DWP for making us so welcome and we have ensured we will still help anyone they have go to them that they feel we may be able to assist.

Today we made a visit to Swansea and we noticed how much more visible rough sleepers are there. Next week I hope to go to Cardiff and I expect it will be worse still.

Early evening we were out again taking supplies to a rough sleeper. Although the past couple of days have been warm and dry we did warn of bad weather to come. Out come the waterproofs again.

Amanda x

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31 May 2019

This morning I was greeted with a lovely bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates from all the staff at DWP in Haverfordwest. It's not my Birthday so it took me by surprise but it was a lovely surprise. Thank you for thinking of me, it's very much appreciated.

The first person who popped in needed some advice on how to obtain belongings for their accommodation, so I advised taking a look on Freecycle. Jack the Trim in the High Street also provided a haircut which the person was really looking forward to. Thanks, Jack for working your magic again today.

Next was a chat to someone currently homeless who needed some reassuring. The third person to pop in we helped along to PCC to register as homeless and we then provided a new set of clothes & toiletries as they only had what they were wearing.

This afternoon Jane and I met for a meeting and then we called in the VC Gallery before finishing up for the day.

Jane has very kindly offered to cover any inquiries this weekend so that I can have a few hours off. Please, would you tag or message Jane Rees directly who will be happy to help.

Amanda x

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30 May 2019

I have only this second got back home from one of the busiest days ever at 8.50pm.

This morning consisted of buying groceries for two families and then delivering them. Thankfully Tina was helping me today or I would have never managed two trolleys at once.

DWP called whilst on route with two people needing help. I spoke with one of them and tomorrow we should be able to do more to help.

Another referral for furniture went into Frame and I also managed to collect some fruit and veg from the Community Fridge for a family. We telephoned The Red Cross Charity Shop in Pembroke Dock and they are also going to help with household items.

This afternoon we received a request for Nappies, Formula, Pram, Baby Toiletries, and Dog Food. It was then apparent food items were needed so we rushed off and purchased Breakfast supplies. We dropped these off this evening and tomorrow they will be able to redeem a Food Bank Voucher we left them.

We have not stopped all day and I have only just managed to sit down.

We do really need some size 6 nappies if anyone is able to help, they seem to be the most popular at the moment. If you are able to help you will find donation drop off points in files on the main group page.

Thank you to Jane, Carol & Tina for all your help 

Amanda xx

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29 May 2019

It's been another busy day. First thing this morning we took someone to the Withbush Hospital for a dental appointment. It's going to be ongoing and next week we will take them back to have a dental procedure done.

Once we dropped them off it was over to Frame to put in a referral for furniture for someone going into their new accommodation. I bumped into Jenny and she was telling me how busy the Community Fridge has been. Only yesterday morning they had 50 people through the door.

I called in the Green Shed Cafe and collected a Baby Bouncer that had been dropped off and a lovely new Cellular Blanket and Hat. We dropped the Baby Bouncer off with a mum to be on our way back to Haverfordwest.

Once in town, I got called into DWP and met someone who has recently moved into accommodation after a spell of Sofa surfing. Looks like another referral off to Frame in the morning to help with a furniture package.

All my evening has been taken catching up with paperwork and notes for a meeting on Friday.

I know tomorrow morning is going to be busy already and thankfully my sister is staying who can lend a hand.

Oh nearly forgot I managed to pick up a copy of this week's Big Issue from Richard in Haverfordwest. I particularly wanted to get this week's edition as there is a big feature on food poverty. Well, any luck I can get to bed soon and spend a bit of time having a read of it

Amanda x.

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28 May 2019

Well, I was away for the weekend and returned home late last night. It was a mad rush to leave on Friday with having to help 3 families with food supplies to get them over the weekend.

It was relatively quiet for HP apart from Bank Holiday Monday when we helped a member of our community in need of electricity. I imagine many of us take it for granted putting the lights on, cooking, and washing but there are still people who find themselves unable to from time to time. What would we do if we were in that position? Would we say nothing through embarrassment or be too proud to ask for help, would we lock ourselves away from the outside world not knowing how to cope? We are always non judgemental and here to help, within 30 minutes yesterday Jane had quickly organised electricity for the person and panic was over.

Today was DWP day for me and after a weekend of driving, I was in just after 9am. I only had to issue 1 food bank voucher but I did help source an NHS dentist for one person who was in need. I am hoping after tomorrow they will feel a little more comfortable. We both agreed there is nothing worse than a toothache. I nipped out lunchtime and brought a few fresh food items for someone. Fresh milk and cheese are so missed by many and although we have the Community Fridges you can't be guaranteed there will be any available when you go over. They had managed to obtain some fresh meat with the help of a voucher from the Trussell Trust and so with the fresh milk and cheese, they had a few more options available to them.

I know I was grateful it was not to busy today after a weekend of traveling.

Let's see what tomorrow brings 

Amanda xx


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23 May 2019

Today began with a food shop a client. Little did we know we were going to get caught up in the road traffic accident that occurred at Merlins Bridge. We are extremely sorry to hear it was fatal and our thoughts go out to the family concerned.

This afternoon Jane and I continued with assisting those that contact us and I spent an hour or so in DWP.

Then it was out again this evening to help with another food shop.

As Jane mentioned I have had a horrid virus and I am still not back up and running properly. This is the 4th bout I have had since getting back off holiday, I know I am getting fed up with them now.

Amanda x

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14 May 2019

Today work began at 8am for us. We quickly picked up a volunteer and did one small job before going into DWP in Quay Street, Haverfordwest. The manager Debbie and her team have very kindly allowed Homeless Pembrokeshire to have a presence there on Tuesday's & Friday's.

What a luxury for us to be able to sit in a quiet room and work with even a cup of tea brought over, I felt truly spoilt.

Within minutes of sitting down, we handed over some baby supplies for one mum, a food bank voucher for another and one group member treated herself to one of the Easter Eggs we are selling at present to raise funds. With the £10.00 donation we received, we paid this into Subway, Haverfordwest who operate a Pay It Forward scheme. Funds are low there at the moment so we helped to top it up.

One of our volunteers went off with a list of things that needed doing, one being visiting the Trussel Trust Food Bank held at Hill Park Baptist Church, Haverfordwest. Here lots of fresh produce is available for all without the need of a voucher. This produce is part of Fare Share and Food Cloud and they came back loaded with potatoes, grapes, and Raspberries. From next Tuesday they will be offering FREE Soup for lunch which will be made from some of the produce on offer.

Next was a conference call for Jane and I, and then time for a bite to eat, that certainly made a change.

Throughout the day people came in needing help with various things, we helped with a donation of toiletries, two more Food Bank vouchers and a Pay It Forward voucher. Two people were a bit taken back with the help on offer, bit different I suppose from what they were expecting in a DWP building. It's going that extra mile to help people with things that improve the quality of life.

It was really nice for us today to be able to have a walk around there and talk to the staff when we had a few minutes.

Then at 4pm something that we thought had been arranged hadn't so it was a rush to sort that again as well as speaking with someone needing a bit of advice, in the end, they offered to help us which made me smile.

At 5pm we dropped a volunteer off returned home and waited for a few important phone calls.

Our thanks to Debbie and the team for making us feel so welcome today at DWP. Thank you also to the kind person who donated toiletries and Pot Noodles at Ark recently. We collected those today and half have been given out already. It was handy having those to hand. Thanks, Ark for being a donation drop off point for us. Thank you also today's volunteers we couldn't have managed without you.

Amanda x

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11 May 2019

Today has been a tough one after yesterday and I have been dragging my feet all today. It's still been lots of phone calls from 8.30am this morning.

We went out to two people today and arranged food for them in a Pay It Forward venue plus items for later. We also took them to Jack The Trim Barbers 45 High St, Haverfordwest SA61 2BN who provided two free amazing hair cuts. They transformed them both and it's amazing how some clean clothes, food and a haircut can certainly make them feel better about themselves. Thank you, Jack and staff, for working your magic today.

I have had to bring a bag of washing home for one of them too, I will do it on this occasion as it's not much.

Yesterday the person we went to help was sitting alone and you know what, they cried when I said we were here to help. They have had some sleep today and I asked if they were feeling happier and they answered yes. Come Monday we should be able to do a bit more to help.

I had planned to have a bit more time off today but I have just been too tired to do much.

Amanda x

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Well, not really sure where to start to be honest.

We were looking forward to our bucket collection in Tesco today as it gives us a break & a chance to chat with people whilst raising awareness of homelessness.

Not long after setting up with one of our tents, a sleeping bag and signs two of us had to rush off. A Tesco customer had approached us and explained he had seen someone they believed needed help. We soon found them cold and hungry and we took them for something to eat in one of the Pay It Forward venues. We are afraid we cannot explain all the details but many hours have been spent helping them today. For tonight we have found them some accommodation to keep them warm and safe, including a couple of new items of clothing and toiletries. In all that time we had only managed one cup of tea.

Due to leaving this person so late in the day hubby and I decided to grab something to eat out quick. Just as I was about to dig in the phone rings and yet again someone else homeless needing help. So I managed to eat half of my dinner, dropped my hubby off, picked up supplies including a volunteer and off we went again. We located them no problem and yet again the best option was to supply some accommodation and a bag of toiletries. We will be more than likely still helping them over the weekend and possibly into next week.

What time did we get home you ask, 10.30pm.

We are afraid we have not been able to find out how much we have raised today due to getting back home so late but hopefully tomorrow we will be able to give you a total. A huge thank you to Tesco in Haverfordwest for inviting us in store today. You will be amazed at that amount of blue tokens we have amassed so far, thank you, shoppers, for supporting us. Another huge thank you to Jane Rees & Anne de Salis for all their help today with our collection and apologises for having to race off. Yet again another huge thank you to everyone who donated and for the very kind lady who donated £10.00 whilst I stood in Subway in Haverfordwest this evening. I did decide in the end to add this to the Pay It Forward scheme operating there. Lastly, thank you to the volunteer who assisted me today with the people needing help and also my hubby who I have hardly seen all day. Promise I will try and make it up to you, he has the patience of a saint, don't you Andy?

It's 2am now and I am done in xx

Amanda x

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EXCITING NEWS

We have just received an anonymous donation of a £500 cheque that had been left for us to collect from the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest.

This is a huge help and rest assured every penny will go on those we help.

Our grateful thanks to this very kind and generous person, you really have made a difference, thank you 👏👏👏

Amanda x

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9 May 2019

Would you believe it I had to be out the door for 8 am this morning to help a client get to their GP? Pouring down with rain we waited outside the surgery so that they could get seen early. We were in luck and seen soon after.

Lots of other appointments followed including waiting about cold and damp not knowing the situation regarding a bed for the night. On top of that lots of pressure from the powers that be. Anyway late afternoon we were told yes they did have a suitable bed for another night.

Thankfully many of us know that when we leave in the morning we also know that we will be able to return and rest in the same bed in the same place. Can you imagine having to wait all day to find out if you can or not? You have no control but to wait for that call with all your possessions in bags.

It's been crazy waiting all day whilst also trying to help others. We received another Baby Bank referral and we now have the items arranged for pick up on Thursday thanks to the very kind donation we received from Debbie and her wonderful team at DWP in Haverfordwest. We also received two referrals from people currently sofa surfing.

I had about an hour back home and then it was out again to the Pembroke Yeomans Shared Supper in Haverfordwest. We had a lovely time and it was very much needed after today or shall I say this past week. Anyway thanks Jess for the fab food and company.

My thanks to Jane who has also worked solidly all day and between us we have done much to improve the quality of life for others.

Amanda x

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7 May 2019

Little did we know what type of day lay ahead of us this morning.

First port of call was the Trussell Trust Food Bank in Haverfordwest to meet someone there to issue a voucher. Whilst there we were contacted for a Baby Bank Pack and also an urgent call to attend PCC Housing Department. There was no time to chat so it was a fast march over to PCC with a person we are currently supporting. Both of us were very anxious as we were unsure why they were being called in. We are unable to provide all the details but we are concerned for the person at present and we are battling as hard as we can for them. We are afraid this will still dominate most of tomorrow but we are determined to support them, they have achieved so much up until now and it would be devastating to see this all go to waste.

Our grateful thanks to all the staff at DWP in Haverfordwest who have been marvellous today in helping with this matter. Also, Cllr. David Simpson, leader of Pembrokeshire County Council who has telephoned me late this evening over this.

This afternoon we handed the Baby Bank Pack over to the agency involved who were thrilled with all the lovely new items we provided for mum. We included all New Blankets, Towels, Babygros, Hats & Booties, Mittens, Bottles, Formula, Nappies, Toiletries for mum & baby and Baby Bottle Steriliser. They wished to thank us all and I am sure mum will be thrilled to receive these.

This evening has been numerous phone calls, emails and attempts to catch up with the workload.

Jane, you have been amazing today and thank you, it certainly doesn't get any easier but we keep going. Well I better crack on or I will never finish 

Amanda x

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6 May, 2019

We knew we had to go and visit someone this morning who had already contacted us late last night. Unfortunately, when we arrived it was not as plain sailing as we had hoped it would be, anyway we overcome it as best we could and let's just say when we left water had stopped pouring out of the ceiling.

We had the opportunity to pop into Tesco in Haverfordwest afterward and looked to see how our collection is going in the Tesco Bags of Hope appeal. It's close at the moment with Broad Haven Playgroup but it's looking promising. Please remember to vote for HP if you happen to shop there or the Goodwick Tesco Express.

On our return home, we received one inquiry plus assistance with a Food Bank Voucher.

Then it was time to fill in two referrals for Sppot which stands for Support People & Pets Through Opportunity and Training.

Further emails have also gone off to various organisations so they have them for tomorrow when their offices reopen. So we didn't really get any time off this weekend, to be honest. We are afraid our Baby Bank has taken priority and family life had to be put on hold.

One thing that did happen to me today, I was asked did I get paid and the answer was No, none of us do. They were shocked at the amount of work we do and that we wouldn't dream of taking a wage. Perhaps that's what surprises people and some still find hard to understand. All of us involved are not money orientated but just driven to improve the lives of others. As long as we have enough to do that, that's all that matters.

Well, it might be a bumpy road but we are getting there slowly.

Amanda x

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5 May 2019

It may have appeared to have been quiet at HP today but Jane and I have been working away dividing the workload between us for the coming week.

At 10.20pm we were asked for assistance from someone we are currently supporting. We gave some advice and due to the nature of the request, we will not be able to do much now until the morning. At least they know we will be there Bank Holiday Monday to do something about the situation they are in. There goes our lay in, never mind.

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30 April 2019

It would probably be easier to say what didn't we do today.

Jane and I normally chat quickly around 8am and we share the day's workload between us.

I was out by 8.50am to collect 3 people who needed to get to the Trussell Trust Food Bank in Haverfordwest. Once there they were able to collect their food parcels, meat vouchers whilst chatting over tea and biscuits. Everyone is encouraged to help themselves to the fresh bread and vegetables on offer. One thing I did hear was 'I don't use a lot of vegetables because of the amount of fuel it takes to cook them' So even though they are free some people's hands are still tied. Once finished four of us walked up that dam hill towards Market Street so they could obtain their meat from W D Roch James Butchers. Although I am a vegetarian I do love popping in as there're so friendly & chatty and I often get bones for my dogs.

Next, it was on to the VC Gallery and to show a client where PCS and Pathway Lettings are.

We took two people into Subway where we have Pay It Forward and then on to PCC Housing where we obtained forms that were needed. Here we waited outside with a lovely little dog for a person who needed to go in but was unable to take their dog in with them. They were very teary but we assured them their dog would be safe with us. I know if that had been me I would have gone to the person rather than the other way round.

Two people we are supporting have interviews this Friday so we went and purchased a couple of new sweatshirts for them so they look smart and give a good impression.

Then later this afternoon we accompanied one person with a GP appointment.

I eventually got back home at 4pm totally unaware that two people currently homeless needed some info and another needing a referral for furniture from Frame.

Oh, I nearly forgot poor Richard, don't forget you can pick up this weeks edition of The Big Issue, in Castle Square, Haverfordwest.

Amanda x

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29 April 2019

We knew we were going to be busy today after the type of weekend we had. By 8am Jane Rees and I had decided between us who was going to what. I always feel guilty in case I pile on too much, I am sure she will say if I do.

I was out the door by 10am to pick up one person we currently support. We went and collected a form from PCC to try and obtain a bus pass for them and have also made other appointments for further support and training later in the week.

I then met our next client and provided an information pack which we had put together of various help and support. A lovely person and I helped by making a few calls on their behalf to get the ball rolling for them.

I had only just finished when I got called back to help another. We have made a plan between us and will tackle that together tomorrow.

Time was ticking on now so we went and collected another client and took them to an appointment they had.

We are finding transport is sometimes an issue, either they can't fund it themselves or morale is low and it's an effort. Recently we have helped by collecting them and supporting them at their appointments if they wish. Sometimes it's daunting for me so I can imagine what it is like for them.

So whilst I was out doing that today Jane has helped with all the work that goes on in the background keeping HP afloat. Jane is such an asset and I couldn't manage without her, she is a rock and good friend, so thanks, Jane.

Amanda x

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28 April 2019

Late last night we went to the aid of someone in a food crisis situation. As it was so late we took just the basics to get them through till the morning.

We called back today with enough to last them until their nearest food bank reopens on Tuesday.

What I realised was, you know when you fancy something from the cupboard and you grab the nearest comfort food, well not everyone gets that privilege. I noticed that the only items they had were Salt and Pasta. Not very appealing and a sorry state to be in. They were very surprised we turned up late last night and back again today. Some say why bother, but it is no bother and we would rather they come to us than go without all weekend. Just to be on the safe side we will check again tomorrow and make sure they receive their Food Bank Voucher.

Amanda x

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26 April 2019

My phone has not stopped today, either referrals coming in or people seeking advice.

This morning it was a trip over to Pembroke Dock to meet Jane Rees & Sonya Bridges so we could transfer donated items over to each other.

I returned back armed with items from the Baby Bank for one mummy and to support another client.

Big Sigh, well what a week, you can just never tell what and when next.

Amanda x

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25 April 2019

Each day appears to get busier and busier for HP.

I had a wonderful surprise this morning, someone came up to me and said hello. I had to think for a minute who it was, then I realised it was someone we helped a few months ago. They looked so well and they now have employment, things are certainly on the way up. You know that's priceless and means so much to us.

Two Homeless Emergency Packs went out this morning to an organisation and we have one more to go out shortly to another.

We have continued to support someone and they are progressing well, we can certainly see a difference and so have others.

We would like to thank Jane Rees who purchased these two Moses Basket Mattresses from our Amazon Wishlist. I will make sure they make there way over to the Baby Bank tomorrow. We do only provide brand new sealed mattresses with our Moses Baskets. Thank you again, Jane and we appreciate your generosity.

Amanda x

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24 April 2019

It's been very busy again today for HP. I received a phone call this morning from one person we occasionally support. They returned back to their tent yesterday to find it had been slashed in a number of places. They have repaired it best they can but it has unnerved them. It does mean each time they leave their tent they are not sure what they will find when they return. They are also nervous in case someone decides to attack them at night. What a shame someone has decided to do this and not thought of the consequences.

After this, saddening news we helped a client register with a GP and then we took them on to a food bank. We also had a Morrison voucher so they could buy a few extra items that they wanted.

This afternoon I was invited to Ddas which is based in Haverfordwest and was given Naloxone & Overdose Training. Naloxone is an Opiate Antagonist and temporarily reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. We would like to thank them for allowing us the opportunity.

I then received a phone call from Carol Thomas which had us in fits of laughter but I will let her explain, I am sure you will too.

We have also received a referral for the Baby Bank and are pleased we can help another mummy.

We eventually arrived back home at 6pm so another long day but plenty done.

Amanda x

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23 April 2019

Today has been hectic and I have probably done my 10,000 steps quota already.

First stop was PCC Housing and I am pleased to say we received positive news regarding the person we helped on Friday.

Then we went to DWP and the member of staff we spoke to was so kind and helpful.

Next stop was Jack The Trim Barbers, which has just opened in High Street, Haverfordwest. They very kindly provided a free haircut and transformed them. Thank you so much, you certainly made their day.

We then called in the VC Gallery quickly and Give The Boys A Lift for a coffee as at this point I was parched. I had jumped out of bed this morning and straight into the car as I knew we had a lot on.

I went to Ddas today and I have to say I was very very impressed and feel lucky we have this service available here.

Last stop of the day was to PATH/PCS new offices in Market Street, Haverfordwest which is very smart and still smells of fresh paint. The only thing I find off-putting is the dam great big hill.

Now it was a dash back home so I could give my husband his car back and apologise for being late, I think I got away with it, just.

Oh, I nearly forgot, Richard is back on his pitch Castle Square, Haverfordwest selling this weeks edition of The Big Issue for those in the area

Amanda x

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22 April 2019

Bank Holiday Monday Update

Today has been easier for HP and we are pleased to see the person we helped on Friday looking better. We are hoping for a good outcome tomorrow as they are doing so well where they are at the moment. We will certainly do our best to keep them there.

Today I had the chance to cook a roast dinner for my hubby and we invited Andy along as a way of a thank you for all the help he provides HP. We felt it was the least we could do as we often call on him to help. It was good to see him devour my dinner and now he has his feet up watching Dad's Army which we know is his favourite. I am sure any minute he will be asleep. Here's Andy deciding how many roast potatoes.

Amanda x

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21 April 2019

A slightly easier day today for HP.

We found Richard on his pitch in Haverfordwest selling this weeks edition of The Big Issue. Richard was making the most of the good weather wearing just his red Big Issue tabard, working on that tan already. It was a quick hello and a cheeky wink from Richard and we went on our way.

This afternoon we put some items together for the person we helped yesterday along with an Easter Egg and then we popped up to see them with Eric my dog who is always keen to get involved.

We would like to thank Pamela Passmore who helps with the Pay It Forward held at the Mosaic Cafe Bethesda Baptist Church Neyland. Pamela helped by distributing some of the funds there with Subway and Munchies Cafe both in Haverfordwest as funds were getting low there and we currently have people in need in the area.

Thank you also to the very kind people who have left donations at Ark Health Store, Haverfordwest. I collected those today and have given some out already. Thanks, Ark for helping us as a donation drop off point.

Amanda x

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19 April 2019

Didn't we say we had a good idea we were going to be busy this Bank Holiday weekend?

Well, we certainly have today. Jane Rees and I received a very early message asking for assistance. Jane telephoned for an ambulance and I raced to the Withybush Hospital to meet them. It didn't appear very busy at 9.30am so I thought we shouldn't be here very long. Oh how wrong I was, we got seen around 11am and then had to wait till around 6pm for the next phase. Around 7.30pm we were informed accommodation had been found and I went and brought some food and drink for them and settled them in. I eventually got back home at 8pm, what a day.

I would just like to thank the emergency services for collecting our client and getting them to the hospital so quickly. Thank you, Jane, for constantly staying in touch and liaising with the hospital. Thanks also to Sonya Bridges who raced over and bought a carrier bag of food and drinks for us. Sonya has also been washing all her latest baby donations and has had lines & lines of baby clothes drying in today's nice weather. A final couple of thank you's left, one for my neighbour who brought my phone charger to the hospital and the other for my husband for his patience and understanding. The last job of the day was to cook dinner and feet up at 9pm.

Amanda x

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17 April 2019

Today has been ever so busy for Homeless Pembrokeshire. This morning we met with a member of an organisation who very kindly donated £50.00 of Morrison Vouchers. We needed to purchase additional food items for a client to accompany those they received from the Trussell Trust yesterday. We spent £21.80 in store and this included cat food and cleaning products which we then delivered, they were so pleased.

Next stop was to meet with another client who is currently homeless and we issued a Pay It Forward meal as they were without funds and hungry. We advised their nearest food bank and a venue that provides meals FOC for anyone homeless on Thursdays.

At this point, we decided to stop ourselves for a bite to eat and popped in the Green Shed Cafe. I was just about to tuck into a delicious salad when the phone rung and an emergency pack was needed. We only had an hour to get this to someone so I said: 'eat up we need to move' We thanked Scott Gregory and flew out the door. We grabbed our nearest pack and dropped that off with a voucher so they could obtain food for later.

I just remembered in time we needed to drop duvet covers and new towels off for a young person going into accommodation. The bedding was my own and had never been used so I am pleased it has gone to a good home.

Now it was time to collect a tent and sleeping bags that had been left behind by a client whose circumstances had changed. Sometimes this happens and we like to make sure an area is left tidy, we reuse any items when we can.

Tomorrow looks likely to be just as busy. Our thanks to Andy who volunteers for us who has worked solidly the past 3 days lending a hand. Thank you also to Jane Rees who works tirelessly keeping HP going whilst I am out on the road. Luckily my husband's car was repaired saving us the expense of purchasing a new one and I have been able to use that again this week.

Amanda x

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16 April 2019

Today began with a trip to the Trussell Trust Food Bank in Haverfordwest. A huge table of fresh produce was available, this is always free to anyone without the need for a voucher. I collected supplies for a client and added some bread and fresh fruit to accompany it. Many people we have supported were there today so it was good to catch up with them over a cuppa. We were offered tea/coffee, sandwiches and cake, so not a bad start to the day.

Next stop was to drop off the food supplies and collect baby bank items. Thank you to the kind lady who donated a crib and baby clothing, thanks also to Maggie Bendelow for the pretty cot blankets and a thank you to all those who left nappies and supplies at the VC Gallery in Pembroke Dock. I also collected a £5.00 Greggs Gift Card from The Wool Shop, which we will pass on to someone currently needing a little help. Thank you Gwyneth LLoyd for collecting the donations for us and sorry I could not stop long today for a natter.

Then it was on to meet Sonya Bridges and hand over the baby bank items.

I am afraid time ran out today and we couldn't get done all the jobs we had planned, we will have to carry those over to tomorrow. It's just the way it goes some times.

Oops nearly forgot the Trussell Trust included an Easter Egg & Hot Cross Buns for a client which was a nice touch, thank you.

Amanda x

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Currently at the Trussell Trust 

in Haverfordwest. Lots of fresh

 produce available today

 without the need of a voucher. 

Sandwiches, Cake and Coffee too.

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16 April 2019

Late this afternoon we were asked if we could help someone in the community.

We went along and provided some food for them and their pet plus credit for their electricity.

Living with no electricity is not easy in this day and age. This is not the first time we have been out and found people sitting in the dark with bare cupboards. Tomorrow we will contact the nearest food bank and we will try and fill their cupboard with tins and packets to keep them going.

But it didn't end there, today's volunteer even unblocked the kitchen sink for them.

It’s about being supportive, listening and doing what we can to make life a little easier.

We also met a couple of other people that we had helped in the past. It was good to see them looking well and back up on their feet.

Please help if you can. Funds can allow us to add credit for those in need of electricity, something that many of us take for granted. Light, food, and heat should not be denied.

If you are in a position to help please go to my website 

Amanda

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11 April 2019

Well, what a week it has been. On the good side, I have had my sister staying with us but on the bad side, my hubby's car has died. I borrow it all the time on HP business and so I am feeling the pressure now not having it to hand. It looks like it may be time to purchase a new one.

We were supposed to give a presentation in the week but because of car trouble, we had to cancel and arrange for a later date.

Today we donated a care package of biscuits to Get The Boys A Lift who have a new base at 7A, Dew Street in Haverfordwest. It was great to meet two of the lads who made me feel very welcome. They have made an amazing job at the new venue and I will certainly be along again soon.

I also met Lynne and her husband from the Mount Community Center, Milford Haven with a donation of chocolate, biscuits, fruit juice, squash, hot chocolate, tea and sugar for all those who use the community centre. Lynne explained that the squash and biscuits will go into the kitchen so all groups who use the centre will have free access to it. This includes Plant Dewi, flying start and the youth club, along with an after-school craft group. We were also aware that they have arranged an Easter Egg hunt on the 23rd April and we are sure the chocolate will soon be found demolished.

During the week, we have also been supporting various community members who are still currently homeless so never a dull moment for HP

Amanda x

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2 April 2019

Phew, what a day. This week my sister has come to stay with us. This is her second visit to Pembrokeshire and now that we are settled in we thought it would be nice for her to visit again.

First stop was to collect Andy who volunteers for us. We then headed over to Haverfordwest to collect a TV and DVD's that had been donated for someone we have helped into accommodation. It was lovely to meet you and thank you for your kind donation.

It was then on to the Green Shed to collect a large donation of baby items for our Baby Bank. We were amazed at all the lovely items which were mainly new or very barely worn. Thank you so much to the kind person who donated these.

Scott Gregory sat us down and provided us with tea & toast because as usual, we didn't have time this morning for breakfast.

Once refuelled we dropped off the TV and new clothing that we purchased yesterday. Then it was on to Pembroke Dock to collect donations dropped off at The Wool Shop and a quick cuppa with Gwyneth LLoyd. We also met Sonya Bridges here our Baby Bank Mum and handed over all our baby donations.

With no time to spare we popped in the VC Gallery and also dropped off a small food parcel.

It was then time to head back to Haverfordwest, we were only a few minutes up the road when I heard a noise and looked in the rear view mirror. I had the shock of my life, Andy was nearly blue and couldn't breathe. He was choking on a sweet. I slammed on the brakes, stuck the hazards on and got him out the car. Luckily a couple of swift slaps on the back helped and he looked a better colour. What a fright he gave us so I went on to the petrol station and got him a bottle of water. I was then asked what's on tomorrow, Oh gawd I have not thought that far ahead.

Our thanks to everyone who has kindly donated, provided tea, helped and made my sister feel very welcome today.

Amanda

26 March 2019

What a manic Tuesday it's been. We have not stopped since 7.30am. Jane Rees and I have been working flat out helping members of the community with a variety of different situations, right into the evening in fact.

Whilst Jane kept things going this end I rushed into town this morning and met up with Joe Stonhold our West Wales area representative for The Big Issue and also a member of our Salvation Army. It was great to meet both of them again and we do support each other in various ways.

Next stop was the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest for a quick cuppa. I didn't have time today to pop in the Trussell Trust Food Bank & Haverfordwest Community Fridge, next time hopefully.

I know Sonya Bridges has been flat out also organising donations for the Baby Bank. Thank you to everyone who has helped with very kind and generous items.

Lynn Lewsley is on her 3rd Baby Jumper already, we only asked her on Sunday if she could help. Lynn is making us some very trendy knitwear for babies and we will share those with you shortly. Thanks, Lynn, our human version of a knitting machine.

I can't think of any more for today day, hopefully, tomorrow will be a little easier.

Amanda

25 March 2019

Sunday Update

This morning we were out again to check up on someone currently homeless. We had received a tip-off by someone who was concerned enough to contact us. Within a few minutes, we had jumped in the car and had managed to locate them. They were actually OK but we did offer some new clean items and a £5.00 Greggs Gift Card. What took us by surprise was the excitement on receiving the card, it was as if we had handed over a winning lottery ticket. The sun was shining and we were touched that a small plastic gift card had meant so much. As you know we don't receive payment for helping anyone but seeing someone chuffed to bits is priceless and makes it all the more worthwhile.

Amanda


23 March 2019

Weekends are just another day for us at Homeless Pembrokeshire. This morning I was out early collecting donations for a person going into accommodation. A New Tenant Pack has been ordered from Frame but to help in the meantime we collected what we could to get them over the weekend. They now have a few more basics to make them comfortable.

 A big thank you to everyone who has very kindly contributed.

I popped in to see our New Baby Bank Mum Sonya Bridges and was amazed at all the lovely baby donations. Many, many items are brand new with tags still on. Big boxes of baby wipes, jars of baby food and nappies are waiting to be stored. I was also shown around a newly decorated annexe with lovely furniture that is going to be used to display all the items. Jane Rees has kindly donated a pretty pink display along with wooden baby coat hangers which will look just right here.

 Once everything is in place we will take some photo's to share with you.

I also popped in to see Lynn Lewsley who provides free hair cuts for us at her Barber Shop in Commercial Row, Pembroke Dock. Lynn and I decided, what the heck, we will do the Abseil again this year to raise funds for HP. Last year I think I got down just a few seconds faster than her. This was only because she got her foot caught and I used that to my advantage. So as you probably guessed Lynn wants a rematch. It's not until June but we will probably start our fundraiser next month online.

 I just want to say a big thank you to Lynn who has paid both entry prices of £12 each out of her own pocket.

I did offer to pay myself but Lynn insisted, thank you x

So that's all for now, on Saturday. Have a good weekend all.

Amanda




​21 March 2019

Time for an Update

Another very busy day for HP. The first call of the day was an appointment with PAV for a quick chat. Then I bumped into Theri Bailey who is the manager of the Trussell Trust Food Bank, always good to have a natter. After a few jobs for my husband, it was loading the car up with essentials for a client that we have financed to enable them to move on into accommodation after a period of sleeping rough. We had a grand tour of the accommodation which was very nice and I believe an emotional time for all. We have supplied some new clothing, food, new saucepans, sleeping bag, mugs and £20.00 of electricity as there was only £1 remaining. With the lights & heating on it soon began to warm up and feel like home. We hope they will be very happy here and have the chance of a fresh start.

On the way back home we decided to stop and clear away the tent and items left on the grass verge by Sports Direct in Haverfordwest. We know some of you were concerned that someone may be residing there but we know they have moved on now. So the area is now all clean and tidy.

Thank you to everyone who has assisted today, lots done and now 10 mins before bed I think before we do it all again tomorrow.

Amanda