We offer assistance to the homeless, and to poor and disadvantaged families, as well as providing mental health support.
We are passionate about helping the local community in Torfaen and local areas.
Since becoming a registered charity in March 2021, we have continued working throughout COVID, providing over 450 supply bags in Cardiff, and going out to over 25 homeless in Torfaen. We have given out over 2000 items through our Facebook page, we have answered over 400 personal calls for help via our charity email and messenger services, and we have grown into a great small charity doing big things.
We are always in need of volunteers and donations, so please read on for ways in which you can support us.
We aim to provide safe food, water, and other essentials to those who are homeless.
We are first responders, so meet with the homeless to give them emergency provisions, tents, blankets, food and advice, etc. We also offer an initial mental health check.
We then continue to support them with personal items, until they get housed. However long it takes.
We take clothes and toiletries to the homeless in Cardiff every three weeks, and provide a network of support in the Torfaen area.
In Cardiff we regularly give out supplies to between 35 and 40 street homeless people of all ages, both male and female.
If you see a tent, or someone who is apparently homeless, please get in touch with us. We aim to get to a person within two days.
We support local families who need clothing and other essentials, particularly those families with young children.
We strongly believe as an organisation that all children should receive free school meals, and free school uniform.
Our activities include children’s’ clothing giveaways. At a recent event, together with a team of volunteers we provided over 1000 items of completely free clothing for babies and children.
Mental Health Support
We provide mental health guidance, advice, coping strategies and moral support to those in need.
Our founder has extensive experience in the mental health field. This enables us to provide mental health support to people in crisis.
We have a chain of individuals and local businesses who donate clothes, money, food and other goods, without whom we could not operate. But we are always in need of more help. Can you help with any of the following?
Donation of Goods
We are always in need of clothes, food and other goods. If you can help with any of these, please get in touch. And if you can’t get it to us, we’ll come and collect free of charge.
Donation of Money
Financial donations are also gratefully received, either regular contributions or one-off donations. Please visit our fund-raising campaign:
We are always looking for volunteers. In particular:
- Distribution Officers to help us care for our growing network.
- An Electrician to provide PAT testing, repair old electrical items, and to help in local hostels.
- Sponsors: local businesses and individuals who can provide regular donations and support.
If you think you can help with any of the above, then please Get in Touch.
Founder: Stephen Manning
My name is Stephen Manning, and I have been working in charity and volunteering for about ten years.
I work for Bipolar UK as a mentor, running a group, and I am on the Welsh advisory panel.
I’ve been running my own organisation for the Street homeless, both locally and in Cardiff, for about seven years. We provide mainly clothes and toiletries, along with moral support.
I have also worked in a homeless shelter, and helped at a refugee camp in Calais.
It’s my passion, doing what I do for people in need.
Trustee / Distribution Officer: Keir Ashman
I volunteered with Steve with the Cardiff street homeless, which was one of the best and the worst experiences at the same time.
The first time we went in a storm, but that didn’t slow him down. We gave out clothes, toiletries and food to about 30 street homeless, and I was surprised at the chat and the laughter.
Trustee / Ambassador for Women: Judy Dickinson
I've had a varied carreer: mathematician, lecturer, engineer, stained glass artist, but most of all Mum.
I wouldn't have missed it for the world, but it hasn't all been plain sailing. There have been times when I needed support that wasn't available. And this is why I'm keen to make sure we can help women get support.
Trustee: Clint Oldridge
With an extensive experience in the NGO field, as Welsh Officer for Global Justice Now I set up a network of activist groups all around Wales.
I've represented various organisations over the years, including Quakers for Jubilee debt campaign, and Fair Trade chair for Cardiff. I've run many stalls on cold and hot days in various events around Wales, and helped promote successful events with activist theatre groups.
Presently I'm supporting GHT in a technical role.
Trustee / Accountant: Paul Watkins
My name is Paul. I have been an accountant for 30 years, working mainly in the transport industry.
I spend a lot of time doing 5 mile and 10 mile runs.
Principle Street Homeless Support Worker: Laura McSweeney
Laura is one of Giving Hope Torfaen's longest-serving volunteers, with extensive experience with working with street homeless, especially in Torfaen.
She has two children.
Principle Street Homeless Support Worker: Gemma Waters
Gemma is a natural with the Street Homeless, working mainly for the charity on the streets of Cardiff.
Gemma has six children.