There’s a new charity starting up in the London area called It gets better, love l;fe, and it could use a little help in supporting the community and our LGBTQI+ members who have been suffering through the pandemic. A place to call home is a project intended to help those who are experiencing homelessness, suicidal ideation, addictions, isolation and loneliness or even difficulties with their identity. This project is about helping those in need with some of the most fundamental essentials like laundry and shower facilities or other requirements in finding and keeping a job and a home.
The project is created by 32-year-old Kane. He was born on the south coast of England in a town called Hastings and has gone through his own share of struggles that have essentially inspired this honourable task. Here is his story.
Life as we know it isn’t easy. Mental health issues are at the core of the current climate that we’re all facing, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and recurring lockdowns. It has left many in despair with a global increase in cases of people with a major depressive disorder, myself included. I was majorly aﬀected over the last two years. I eventually got to the point where I was not recognizing myself. I was no longer able to see myself through my ethnic background, I was losing myself through addiction and I even attempted to take my own life a few times. I hit rock bottom when my family and friends thought it was too late and I would be unable to save myself. It was in June this year when I finally told myself that enough is enough. As hard as it was, things had to change. In August I did a walk from Queens Park London to Hastings, my hometown. It was 77 miles to raise money for the Charley & Carter Foundation who support families with children with life-threatening illnesses. That time was very powerful. I was enduring the struggle of the physical experience while being alone with my thoughts, facing my fears. It was through this event that I realized I wanted to help others. By being put to the test and testing my willpower, I realized I am worth something to this world and a month later I opened the charity.
“If you are reading this and feeling low, know that I was once in similar shoes. Know that you are loved and you are important.” – Kane Hoad
The team behind the It gets better, love l;fe charity, have the goal to host spaces that can provide shower, changing and laundry facilities to those experiencing homelessness. Plus, they plan to provide PO Boxes so those in need can receive mail that can help them with finding or keeping a job. They will start by helping folks in the London area, but the goal is to eventually be across the UK and throughout Europe. They’d like it to become a space for those to ﬁnd themselves creatively, through theatre and dance classes, informative workshops and classrooms with the possibility of support from tutors, plus support for those facing difficult addictions. A place with a non-judgemental listening ear. They know life isn’t easy and some could use a little extra support; That is what A place called home is all about.
THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO RAISE THE FUNDS TO GET THIS IMPORTANT INITIATIVE GOING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SO THEY CAN USE ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET. CHECK OUT THEIR GOFUNDME PAGE IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT THIS CAUSE AND HELP THEM TO HELP OTHERS.