We are Socks4Homeless, a social enterprise run by students at the University of Liverpool.
For every pair of fashionable and funky socks you buy for yourself, we will give a pair of thermal socks to the homeless of Liverpool. One for one, it really is as simple as that.
Socks4Homeless was born from the simple fact that underwear, including socks are one of the most necessary and under-donated items that homeless people need and during the colder months of the year, a simple pair of thermal socks can provide a mass of warmth.
We will be distributing the socks through The Whitechapel Centre.
Homelessness is on the rise across the UK despite the increasing number of charities trying to tackle the issue. Statistics show that Liverpool is no exception to this growing issue and many more individuals will be found living on the streets this winter. Liverpool city council provides approximately 12 million a year to accommodate and support homelessness individuals and families, yet the numbers continue to increase. Some of the statistics we found truly show the size of the matter. Including:
- The number of people registering as homeless in the city of Liverpool has increased by 17% in the past year
- In the Sefton area of Liverpool alone, the number of homeless families more than doubled in the year of 2015
- In another area of Liverpool, the number of homeless families went from 66 to 91 since 2016 began
Whilst accommodating and removing these people from the streets as quickly as possible, charities must also support those rough sleeping and try to make their days and nights as comfortable as they can until they can move them elsewhere. Particularly in the winter, any support is greatly valued as the colder months can become severely uncomfortable.
The basic essentials we take for granted each day would be greatly valued by those living on the streets.