NKJ OUTREACH PROGRAMME – Creating a Brighter Tomorrow

The Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK Outreach Programme (NKJ Outreach Programme) forms an operating Unit within the Charity, governing our core objectives and meets our CSR policy for National and International missions. Launched in 2017, NKJ Outreach Programme will empower the Sikh Diaspora to contribute directly in providing aid to those brothers and sisters living in less economically developed areas.

NKJ Outreach Programme operating unit will have a daily oversight of all projects conceptualised, designed, implemented and successfully delivered within the aims of the Charity. NKJ Outreach Programme will focus on medical wellbeing, environmental and economic relief to communities where there are grave instances of poverty which prevents families from accessing medical aid, clean food and water and civilized shelter for their household.

Sikhs believe everyone, men and women, has equal status before God, who created the universe and all faiths. Human beings are encouraged to develop their moral character through generosity, humility and self-reliance. Self-evidently these values, when embraced will create harmonious tolerant communities who care for their fellow citizens. Sikhs partake in the "Langar", a communal meal, typically of Punjabi food, cooked and served by volunteers and welcome the needy of whatever faith or creed to partake. Sikhs throughout history are respected for having sacrificed their own lives, so that people of other religions may have freedom to worship in the manner of their choice. Instilling these values into the younger community whose natural language is not Punjabi will benefit society as a whole. The purpose of the CIO is to facilitate this process.

Education of the global community on the teachings of the Sikh faith is vital to developing a harmonious global environment. Whereby each individual takes it upon themselves to ensure the community they live in, has someone who understands their needs and pains and can provide them support – a key teaching from the Sikh faith. Through education, the global community will engage with their social circles and discuss the core teaching of the Sikh faith which stands firmly against inequality, injustice and demoralisation.

Throughout the years Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK has engaged regionally, nationally and internationally with an array of communities. During this period we have been exposed to instances where there have been local community members who do not have access to clean water which has led to them developing medical complications and problems. The economic poverty of some families has restricted them from medical aid, which has led to illnesses growing rather than being treated.

On an environmental approach the relationship between a human and a tree is overlooked. Natural environment provides major public health benefits and reduces the chances of lower-respiratory-tract illnesses. Hence, the initiative to encourage the proximity of individuals and the natural environment is an objective which Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK will support persistently.

Through engagement and collaboration with other Charities, Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK aims to support the wellbeing of those communities in need of education, aid and relief.

SCOPE

1.Why is this important?

This project is to designed to meet Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK's corporate social responsibility policy, practically implement the teachings of the Sikh faith and above all, enable us to give back to the community we operate in.

Our aim is to highlight the continuing problem of street homelessness in England, and promote solutions to it by working with other organisations already operating in this market.

The provision of outdoor welfare services has been contested historically. In the later 19th century, the number of private citizens distributing food and clothing outdoors increased in response to concerns about the number of applicants to workhouses. But from the 1870s the Charity Organisation Society argued that haphazard distribution of aid was exacerbating, "vagrancy and pauperism‟ rather than ameliorating homelessness.[1]

This early opposition to "unsuitable" outdoor relief may be traced through to more recent government initiatives. In the 1990s the funding delivered to local areas via the Rough Sleepers Initiative and Homelessness Action Programme was associated with an expectation that homeless people should use the expanded indoor services on offer. Such policy initiatives escalated the pressure placed on organisations offering outdoor aid.

The Government's "Coming in from the Cold" strategy, launched in 1999, sought to "pursue approaches which help people off the streets, and reject those which sustain a street lifestyle".[2] The explicit link between aid for the homeless and "street culture‟ was made in Helping Rough Sleepers off the Streets, a report commissioned by the ODPM in 2002, which raised concerns "that the work of voluntary groups could be counter-productive and reinforce street lifestyles".[3] The report's authors argued that aid for the homelessness:

"can often send out a message that street living is acceptable and should be supported... such services can act as a magnet for other people who are not currently sleeping rough...this can contribute to a street culture and even potentially draw new people into it".[4]

Hence, in an attempt to move away from this culture and give those on the streets the opportunity to become independent and self-sufficient. Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK aims to partner with other organisations, already operating in this field, to provide those individuals with access to the correct medical, economical and physical wellbeing support to allow them to become independent and self-sufficient.

2. Which countries will this project be delivered in?

This project will initially be launched in England, United Kingdom, namely Doncaster, Yorkshire. Monitoring the results and success of this project we will attempt to liaise with other organisations across the globe who also operate within the same market.

Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK has to date travelled across the Globe to Malaysia, Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Singapore and many more. The list is expected to grow as the demands for education of the Sikh faith increases.

3. Target Audience

The Target audience as mentioned above are those who are currently living on the streets without any shelter and access to medical wellbeing support. With an aim to get those individuals to communicate with organisations such as The Samaritans, General Practitioners from the NHS and other professionals within their field for them to become independent and self-sufficient to care for themselves and work to earn a living.

4. Time Line

This project will naturally adopt a rolling time line, as the demand for the services offered under this project will increase when professionals from multi-national businesses are also supporting this cause of removing the street living culture, with the aim of putting them back into employment for them to become independent.

The weather conditions towards the end of each year become very harsh and cold which means the likelihood of medical illnesses and ailment are high. Hence, the launch of the first NKJ Outreach Programme will be held in Doncaster, Yorkshire working with an already established homeless feed organisation "Guru Nanak's Free Kitchen". The launch date for the first stage of the project will be Wednesday 30 November 2017.

OBJECTIVES

a. Key Aspect of the Project

i. Supply of Food – for the short-term until those living on the streets do not become independent and able to earn for themselves, we will support those feed networks, already set up, to continue providing hot meals and refreshments for the homeless. By means of supplying these networks with bottled water, soup tins, perishable and healthy nourishments. The Charity will approach supermarkets and wholesalers with a proposal to help generate food supplies for these food networks.

ii. Supply of Clothing – as mentioned above, the current weather climate is very cold and harsh which exacerbates the likelihood of illness and ailments. The Charity will generate a supply of hates, sleeping bags, gloves and thermal clothing for those sleeping on the streets. Similarly, we will approach various organisations to help generate clothing supplies to be distributed in combination with the food supplies.

iii. Medical Wellbeing – After the initial launch on 30 November 2017, where we will satisfy both the above aspects of the project, the Charity will look to organise a 3 day Outreach Centre in Doncaster where we will negotiate with General Practitioners, Dental experts, opticians etc to come and assess those living on the streets and ensure their medical examinations are up to date for the upcoming winter period. Conversations will be held with NHS to support these medical examinations in the form of blood pressure checks, diabetes checks, looking at any infections individuals may have and checking any injuries individuals may have sustained.

iv. Mental Health Wellbeing and Social Housing – affordable and safe accommodation brings stability and security; provides a gateway to access health services like GPs; enhances social and community inclusion; and provides the basis for the right to private and family life. Put simply, a home is vital for good mental and physical health, allowing people to live in safety, security, peace and dignity. Whilst there is no such 'right to housing' in itself, the right to an adequate standard of living, including housing, is recognised in the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Hence, by allowing the individuals to meet with mental health experts and social housing professionals, we will attempt to address any mental health problems.

Of course, there are numerous factors which can cause people to become homeless, many of which are beyond individual control, such as lack of affordable housing, disability and poverty. But what really needs to be highlighted is the two-way relationship between homelessness and mental health. Homelessness and mental health often go hand in hand, and can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Having a mental health problem can create the circumstances which can cause a person to become homeless in the first place. Yet poor housing or homelessness can also increase the chances of developing a mental health problem, or exacerbate an existing condition. In turn, this can make it even harder for that person to recover – to develop good mental health, to secure stable housing, to find and maintain a job, to stay physically healthy and to maintain relationships.

v. Getting the Homeless back into Employment – Imagine your self-esteem is a table and the legs represent your health, work, home and emotional support respectively. If one leg buckles, it puts pressure on the others. If another leg goes, the table crashes to the ground. This simple analogy not only helps explain how anyone can become homeless, but also why getting homeless people back into sustained work is a complex challenge. There are up to 300,000 homeless people of working age in England and research for the charity Crisis found getting them into work is a major way of ensuring they do not return to homelessness. But not all can be readily integrated into the workforce.

"If you can get the right people to the right jobs, you should be able to pick off some tens of thousands into permanent employment," says Adam Sampson, director of Shelter. "But as you push towards trying to employ those with more profound mental health or substance abuse problems, and who have lived longer in a transient life, it becomes more difficult."

Getting homeless people into sustained employment is not just about putting a roof over their heads and bringing their qualifications, interview techniques and experience up to date. "You can give someone a house, but they're still homeless as they don't interact," says Lucy Maggs of Crisis. "They can't lead an ordinary life and so lapse back into cycle of homelessness."

The Charity will attempt to work in partnership with Business Action on Homelessness (BAOH). BAOH, which is part of the charity Business in the Community, was launched in 1998 with the aim of creating a partnership with the corporate world to equip homeless people with the skills to gain and sustain employment. Over the past five years, more than 200 companies have provided work placements for 1,700 homeless people in 22 UK cities.

b. Collaborate and Work with Local Charities and Partners

As mentioned above, the various organisations such as the NHS, BAOH, Guru Nanak's Free Kitchen and other potential supermarkets, wholesales, clothing retailers will be approached throughout the process of this project to ensure we have adequate resources and support from all areas of expertise.

Sikhs believe everyone, men and women, has equal status before God, who created the universe and all faiths. Human beings are encouraged to develop their moral character through generosity, humility and self-reliance. Self-evidently these values, when embraced will create harmonious tolerant communities who care for their fellow citizens. Nirvair Khalsa Jatha UK will collaborate with charities and organisations that hold the same vision of our aims and objectives.

c. Other outcomes and objectives we wish to achieve

Through this project we want to join as much of the global community as possible to remove the street living culture, and transform the lifestyle of our brothers and sisters who are living on the streets.

[1] "Transitory spaces of care:serving homeless people on the street" (forthcoming in Health and Place, quoted with authors‟ permission) Johnsen, S, Cloke, P, and May, J 2003.
[2] Coming in from the Cold: the Government's strategy on rough sleeping ODPM 1999.
[3] Helping rough sleepers off the streets: a report to the Homelessness Directorate Randall, G and Brown, S ODPM 2002
[4] ibid


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