The number of people sleeping rough on the streets has become a national emergency. Almost three times as many people are going without a roof over their head than in 2010.
And yet there are many people in this country who aren’t just sitting by and watching this happen, but are tackling these challenges head on.
They may not be the kind of people you normally hear about, and often, they don’t get the awards or media coverage they deserve. But they are making a lasting difference in their communities by coming up with practical ways to help rough sleepers out, or end rough sleeping for good.
We believe that there are many more people who could follow in their footsteps.
That’s why we’re launching a challenge to find them, celebrate them, and help others emulate them.
And we need your help to do it.
Do you know of someone in your community who is taking extraordinary steps to help rough sleepers and is not getting the attention they deserve? Nominate them for the Hatch Top 20! You can nominate yourself too.
Whether they are business owners, formerly homeless people, students or ordinary citizens, what matters is that they’ve stepped up and taken responsibility for turning this country around, showing the ability we all have to make change happen.
By drawing attention to their work, we aim to show what individuals, companies, councils and government departments across the country can do to deliver change.
The deadline for entering is 11.59pm on 31st March. Our panel of judges, which is made up of a diverse set of voices from within the sector – including representatives from St Mungos and Centrepoint, former rough sleepers, activists and social entrepreneurs – will then decide who makes it through to the final list.
Judging Criteria & Terms and Conditions
We are pleased to have a diverse judging panel of third sector professionals, activists, social entrepreneurs and former rough sleepers. Our judges are:
- Andy Muzondiwa, Founder of Free Zimbabwe and co-chair of the Migrant Destitution Action Group within the Manchester Homeless Partnership.
- Claire Mansfield, Director of Research at Social Enterprises UK.
- Geraldine Crimmins, artist and photographer, once a homeless addict. Geraldine also runs a mentoring program with Café Art helping people affected by homelessness to re-engage with society through creativity.
- Ian Kearns, Chair of the Hatch Top 20 Judging Panel, Board Member at the European Leadership Network, Public Affairs Adviser to New Tech, writer and thinker about digital and international affairs.
- Iver Morgan, Head of Volunteering at St Mungos.
- John, Lord Shipley, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing in the House of Lords.
- Kajal Odedra, UK Director at Change.org. She has worked in the campaigns and tech sector for over 10 years, is an advisor for the women in STEM group Ada’s List and founded the People of Colour in Campaigns network.
- Mary Bridie, Partnerships Liaison at Greater Change, she used to be homeless until she was helped into housing by the charity Greater Change, who she now works for.
- Neil Coyle MP, Co-Chair of Homelessness All-Party Parliamentary Group.
- Paul Noblet, Head of Media & Public Affairs at Centrepoint.
- Sophie Price, Enterprise Development Manager, Homeless Link.
- Terry Stacy, Chair of the Albert Kennedy Trust and senior adviser at the Local Government Association.
You can also help us get the word out by sharing the call on Twitter with the hashtag #HatchTop20