For our first official blog post I have approached the first person I came into contact with when I wanted to find out more about helping the homeless. That person was Arif “Jedsy” Voraji one of the core team of “Help The Homeless, Needy and Vulnerable in Leicester” and here is his interview:

How or why did you get first involved in voluntary work?

I hated seeing people struggling when it was so easy to provide a little respite and aid in their hour of need.

How long have you been involved?

Since Nov 2014. I started with a bulk buy of 20 pairs of jeans and it grew from there. Videos and pictures that we used with permission helped us grow from day one

And how did you go about starting the One Love food kitchen?

The food kitchen started when one of the Help the Homeless volunteers wanted to do more than clothing – A lad called Mohammed. He started One Love Leicester in 2015. He has since left Leicester and needed to leave it in reliable hands therefore I came in and it’s a well oiled machine now as the videos show.

Compared to when it first started how have things changed?

We seem to have got busier as it’s a well-known one stop shop for a lot of our users now homeless or otherwise challenged. – Food to eat immediately – Food to takeaway – Sandwiches galore – cold drinks – hot drinks – cakes and deserts – Chocolates – Warm clothing – sleeping bags – Tents for genuine rough sleepers – moral support and guidance – Medics on site too It’s a all in one assistance networking event.

How many people on average came when you first started?

Between 50-65 but now we have got around 90-100. We have hit on the busier days.

Apart from the obvious getting everyone out of poverty and off the streets – what would your one wish be for the future – either of the work you do or the world in general – your choice.

That the need for our kind of groups and organisations disappears as the issue of rough sleeping is eradicated.

Anything else you would like to add at all?

That anyone who sees our posts and videos share them to raise awareness nationwide and try and do a little bit in their own cities etc. We are here for any tips, advice or guidance one may require.

Many thanks Arif for taking the time to talk to us. You can find out more about the Facebook page and the wonderful work that comes off the back of it via the link above.