In 2014 we continued to run our existing projects as well as looking at new ways to expand our services.
Our NextDoor and NextDoor Plus projects provides assistance to clients whose housing has been affected by welfare reform, such as the housing benefit caps and bedroom tax. As part of this we run a service that helps homeless households move into private accommodation by providing a deposit guarantee.
Our generalist Advice & Advocacy Project provides assistance to clients who have problems with welfare benefits, rent arrears and council tax arrears. We also run a complaints project, as part of Reform Advice in Westminster (RAW), which identifies and reviews cases of maladministration and poor service delivery and aims to drive improvements in the delivery of welfare services. Continue reading
On a cold day in September I joined Marc Francis, our Policy & Campaigns director, to get support for our petition against the proposed cuts to Council Tax Support in Harrow. For three hours, Marc and I braved the wind and cold outside Harrow Job Centre to get as many signatures and raise awareness of the proposed cuts.
I found being on the street asking for signatures a great way to meet the people we are helping. I found it rewarding to be able to give Harrow residents a voice through the petition. Most of the people we met were not aware of the proposals to cut their support. We met some people who told us they don’t think a petition would work as the council wouldn’t listen but we also met some who were delighted to find us campaigning on their behalf. I found that when you go out to meet people, you realise that each person you meet is an individual with their own circumstances, and they stop becoming a statistic. Continue reading
‘With basic needs met, people can start to move on. Clients appreciated Z2K for enabling them to get out of crisis so that they can then make their own progress and continue with their lives’ Milla Gregor, social researcher
Our charity has doubled its size since it was set up formally in 2007. During my first year with Z2K (I joined in late 2008) I could remember the names and recognize the faces of most of our clients. With over a 1,500 clients it’s now a struggle to do that. Continue reading
Please note that we have stopped the NextDoor Project helpline (08088020508) effective from 21 December 2013. If you have any enquiries please call the NextDoor Project office number 020 8964 0961.
I don’t like crowds and lately I’ve taken to online shopping. I’ve discovered easyfundraising.org.uk which allows me to raise funds for Z2K by shopping online.
All you need to do is register with easyfundraising.org.uk and go to the online retailers through the website, but it now has a find and remind toolbar which makes it easier to raise money shopping.
When you install the toolbar, when you are in a website that is an easyfundraising partner such as Ebay, it will ask you whether you want to claim the donation or not, and when you click yes, what you’ve purchased will be able to get a donation.
There are several fundraising sites like this, but I kind I like it because I find its website design clean and you can view what you’ve donated really easily.