HOW WE BEGAN…
In recent years a Bradford resident experienced a marriage breakdown and had to leave the marital home. He spent several months staying with friends and relatives, sleeping on couches and floors. With no stable home he was not allowed to have his children stay with him adding to his stress. His health suffered and he lost his job. The Local Authority did not consider him a housing priority due to his ‘single’ status. This person reflects ”I remember wandering around the town centre on New Year’s Eve feeling isolated, alone, desperate and felt like life was over for me. The pain of being separated from my kids was unbearable. I was angry and frustrated but also tired and mentally weak with nowhere or nobody to turn to. I lost all my confidence and self-esteem and felt no sense of purpose for my life”. This sentiment is typical of our many ‘Hidden Homeless’ in Bradford and was the personal experience of Hidden Homeless Ltd Founder & CEO Gary Staniforth.
The Hidden Homeless Limited is now a Company Limited by Guarantee and not having a share capital. The Hidden Homeless Ltd is a Social Enterprise Company. The Company is registered with Companies House UK and the registration number is 7859777. The Company was incorporated on 24th November 2011. We are governed by an experienced management committee who meet each quarter. All our accounts are audited by an external accountant company.
We are now also a Registered Charity with the UK Charities Commission reg No 1166977.
The Hidden Homeless Ltd main activities are currently funded by The Big Lottery – Reaching Communities. For future funding we continue to form working partnerships for procurement & commissioning of services, are applying for appropriate public grants and welcome sponsorships and donations from our many supporters.
The Hidden Homeless Ltd exists to improve the lives of people in Bradford and West Yorkshire who are at risk of homelessness or disadvantaged, irrespective of age, gender, culture or circumstance.
The main aim of the organization is to be a force for positive change in the lives of vulnerable people.
The activities of our organization aim to increase self-esteem, confidence and motivation working towards stability in self & home.
To enable people to access appropriate coaching and mentoring working towards better health, mental health, wellbeing, increased self-confidence, reduce social isolation and increased integration.