Hackney students tackle homelessness with free 'care packs'

Students from BSix Brooke House Sixth Form in Clapton have been helping to address rising levels of homelessness in Hackney by distributing free ‘care packs’ to homeless people.

The students, who are part of Envision’s Community-Apprentice programme, applied for a £100 grant which allowed them to purchase rucksacks filled with essential items such as socks, gloves, rain macs, toiletries and notepads.

They then took to the streets of Hackney to distribute the care packs and talk to homeless people in Hackney about their lives and the issues they face. They filmed interviews which they will be editing into a film to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness.

In recent years homelessness in Hackney has risen steeply. It’s our job as young people and members of the community to try and root out this issue. Throughout today we’ve gone across all of Hackney talking with homeless people, building relations and trying to find out the different issues affecting them.

Rhasan Brunner, 19, BSix Brooke House College