Homeplus has 2 main projects;
1. An outreach service running 365 nights a year for the homeless rough sleepers of Belfast
2. A Drop-In Centre for asylum seekers, refugees and destitute migrants.
The nightly outreach service offers soup, sandwiches, pastries, clothes, sleeping bags, lifts to hostels, first aid and emotional support to the homeless rough sleepers in Belfast. In partnership with other homelessness services and theHousing Executive, we are able to offer a rough sleeper a bed in a hostel for a night, depending on bed availability. We feel passionate about helping this group as they are amongst the most vulnerable and maginalised of our society. Homeplus was the first homeless outreach service in Belfast back in 1998 and was registered as a charity in 2000.
We run a Drop-In Centre for asylum seekers, refugees and destitute migrants that is open from Monday to Friday. In the Centre we offer a wide range of serves including food, clothing, advice, shower and washing facilities, three levels of weekly English class; one for women only, art classes, women’s only art projects, weekly optician clinic offering free eye test and glasses, computer room, volunteer opportunities, diversionary activities, de-stressing sessions, emergency financial and accommodation support for destitute asylum seekers and migrants, sign posting and referrals, help getting into schools and doctors and general integration support, employment and tenancy support for refugees and migrants, community allotment plots, women and children’s room, referrals to food banks, applying for funding and access to training and education.