TWOTOO NEWS

December 2015

£1503 RAISED FOR SLEEPSAFE!

TwoToo's Steve Bamford presents David Chidwick, Homelessness Worker for Faithworks Wessex and SleepSafe Co-ordinator, with a cheque for £1503 which will go towards the Bournemouth SleepSafe Winter Shelter provision for homeless people provided by 7 Bournemouth churches. For every TwoToo scarf sold £3 has gone towards SleepSafe.

The 7 churches are opening every night of the week for the three months of December, January and February. The 7 churches are: St Swithun's, Bournemouth Community Church, St Michaels Poole Road, Boscombe Baptist, Citygate Church, Wessex Christian Centre and St George's Boscombe. 

 

SCARVES DELIVERED TO MICHAEL HOUSE, BOURNEMOUTH

A busy day! We've also delivered enough TwoToo scarves for all the residents of Michael House, Bournemouth, providers of emergency and longer-term accommodation to homeless people. http://michaelhouse.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

TwoToo at Bournemouth Community Church

 

November 2015

TWOTOO AT BOURNEMOUTH COMMUNITY CHURCH

Many thanks to BCC for inviting us to participate in their 'Ethical Christmas Shopping' Sundays on 22 and 29 November and many thanks for the warm welcome you gave us and for everyone who bought TwoToos.

 

 

 

October 2015

TWOTOO AT WORLD HOMELESS DAY EVENT

This Saturday, 10th of October 2015, people around the world will mark World Homeless Day in many varied ways and change the lives of homeless people in their local community. For more info see the website:http://www.worldhomelessday.org

We will be taking part in an event in the morning at St Peter's Church, Bournemouth BH1 2EE to mark the day. Come along and meet us if you're around.

 

January 2014

TWOTOOS GRATEFULLY RECEIVED AT TRINITY WINCHESTER

Another 30 scarves have been distributed to the homeless charity 'Trinity Winchester' www.trinitywinchester.org.uk

WINTER WATCH VOLUNTEERING 

From the end of November through to the end of February 2014 I helped out one night a week at BCHA’s Winter Watch scheme which helped vulnerable people shelter from the cold temperatures and the seemingly endless rain. This winter is was run at St Swithun's church premises kindly provided by Citygate Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2013

ANOTHER BUSY CHRISTMAS PERIOD!

We've again been able to give scarves to local homeless charities including st Paul's Nightshelter run by BCHA, Michael House, both in Bournemouth, Routes to Roots in Poole as well as a charity in Cardiff.

TwoToos gratefully received at St Paul's Night Shelter

December 2012

TWOTOOS GRATEFULLY RECEIVED AT ST PAUL'S NIGHTSHELTER, BOURNEMOUTH

On Friday 14th December 70 TwoToos were delivered to St Paul's Nightshelter in Bournemouth for distribution at the Nightshelter and also through the WinterWatch campaign.

A had a long chat with Julian and his partner Katy. It was sad to hear their story of how they'd ended up on the streets through no real fault of their own, but it was great to hear their positive attitude for the future through the work of St Paul's. They were very grateful for the scarves and Katy gave some useful tips: She said that scarves aren't just good for around your neck but when you're living on the streets you can wrap them around your hands to warm them and at the end of the day when your feet are hurting you can take your shoes off and wrap a scarf around your feet to warm them that way too. They are very happy to be off the streets and to be able to stay at the Nightshelter over Christmas.

 

Birmingham Soup Run Nov 2012November 2012

FIRST SCARVES OUT THIS WINTER!

The first TwoToos of this winter have been given out at the Birmingham Soup Run. They were well received on a very frosty evening.

 

 

 

November 2012

TWOTOO AT FLIRTS CAFE BAR, BOURNEMOUTH

Join us at the Flirt Cafe Bar for their Christmas Campaign. We will be there with a 'Pop Up TwoToo Scarf Shop' on Sat 17th Nov, Fri 30th Nov and Sun 16th Dec. We're looking forward to it! Hope to see you there! http://www.flirtcafebar.com, http://www.facebook.com/events/295395887238297

 

October 2012

TWOTOO AT ALL SAINT'S CHURCH, POOLE

Thanks to All Saint's Church, Branksome Park, Poole for having us at their Sunday morning breakfast and for all those people who supported TwoToo by buying scarves.


TWOTOOS AROUND THE COUNTRY

TwoToos are now being sold at Centrepoint Church in Guildford http://centrepointchurch.org.uk and will also be available again at KingsGate Church in Peterborough http://www.kingsgateuk.com.

 

September 2012

THE BIG SLEEP OUT COMPLETED!

We took part and completed The Big Sleep Out in support of St Paul's Night Shelter, Bournemouth. Read more...

 

TwoToo at Westpoint

August 2012

TWOTOO AT "TOGETHER AT WESTPOINT"

Over the Bank Holiday weekend we joined more than 2000 people at the big get together of New Frontiers churches in the South West of England at Westpoint near Exeter.

It was great meeting many people who'd never heard of TwoToo.

We also managed to sell 80 scarves, 40 pairs of socks and 20 beanie hats. We introduced the socks and beanie hats for the first time as an experiment and they went down very well, so we'll probably be adding them to the website in the near future.

 

February 2012Fisherman's Cafe

MONEY DISTRIBUTED TO 3 PROJECTS

Having met the scarf requirements of 3 of our targeted projects we have now donated money to them.

£120 has been donated to BCHA's St Paul's Night Shelter in Bournemouth which will be used to pay for 200 hot meals for homeless people who have recently come off the streets.

£120 has been donated to Routes to Roots in Poole to provide full English breakfasts at The Fisherman's Café, via a weekly voucher system, to those individuals R2R have identified as rough sleeping in that week.

£120 has been donated to Michael House, providers of emergency and longer-term accommodation to homeless people in Bournemouth, to help provide meals to their residents.

 

February 2012

TWOTOOS TO YMCA

100 TwoToo fleece scarves have been delivered to the Bournemouth YMCA for their residents.


January 2012KingsGate Church presentation to Peterborough Streets

TWOTOOS DISTRIBUTED IN PETERBOROUGH

Just before Christmas some of the scarves that KingsGate Church had for distribution were given to Peterborough Streets project.
Here Juliet Welsh (left) from KingsGate Church presents some of the scarves to Georgina, Manager of Peterborough Streets.

KingsGate Church have also included an article on their website about TwoToo. http://www.kingsgateuk.com/Articles/294999/KingsGate_Community_Church/Peterborough/Community_Impact/Want_to_get/Twotoo_Scarves_Success.aspx

 

 

Routes to RootsDecember 23rd 2011

TWOTOOS DELIVERED TO ROUTES TO ROOTS IN POOLE

Here Steve Bamford presents some of the 30 TwoToo scarves to Gaby Sanger-Stevens of Routes to Roots.

Every evening 15 people, on average, go to the Drop-Ins run by Routes to Roots and the Soup-Runs organised by the churches in Poole for food and drink.

The numbers can be as high as 30 and there are some individuals in need who go throughout the week for their food and sometimes clothing and toiletries.

Since 2003, with the support of the Poole Drug Action Team, R2R has employed an Outreach Worker to provide continuity work with rough sleepers between drop-in sessions. However, despite the charity’s best efforts, there are people sleeping rough in Poole even in the exceptionally cold and harsh winters of the last two years.

Routes to Roots: http://www.routestoroots.org

 

December 21th 2011Michael House receive TwoToos

TWOTOOS DELIVERED TO MICHAEL HOUSE, BOURNEMOUTH

Here Jim White, Manager, receives some of the 40 TwoToo scarves delivered to Michael House, Bournemouth yesterday, 20th December. These will be given out to the residents on Christmas Day.

Based in Bournemouth, Dorset, Michael House's Mission is:

• To provide emergency and longer-term accommodation to Homeless people, and provide related day services.

• To provide encouragement, advice and support to our clients in an environment which enables them to gain a greater sense of self worth, and to move towards a more independent life.

• To work in a co-operative and a collaborative way with the relevant Statutory Agencies, and with other voluntary organisations.

Michael House: http://michaelsltd.co.uk

 

December 13th 2011

KingsGate Church sell TwoToosTWOTOOS NOW AVAILABLE IN PETERBOROUGH & CAMBRIDGE

TwoToos are now on sale in the shop of KingsGate Church in Peterborough and Cambridge! Caption: Here volunteer Pat Myson models one of the TwoToos. http://www.kingsgateuk.com

 

December 9th 2011

500 UP!
I'm pleased to say that yesterday we went through the 500 sales barrier and the sales are still coming in - now 518 and counting! So there are going to be a lot of homeless people a little warmer this winter.

AN EXCITING DEVELOPMENT
An exciting development is that TwoToos are now being sold in various places around the country and the places that are selling them will then distribute TwoToo to homeless people local to them. If you would be interested in also doing this please let us know.

TWOTOOS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT

Caf' Active at St Michael's Church, Spencers Wood, Basingstoke Road, Reading. http://www.cafactive.org/

KingsGate Church in both Peterborough and Cambridge. http://www.kingsgateuk.com

There are also people in Redditch and Cardiff who are selling and distributing TwoToos, so the warmth is spreading!

 

December 6th 2011

St Paul's Night ShelterSo much to talk about and so much going on! I'll give a fuller explanation of News as soon as I can! The long and short of it is that as of today we've sold just over 450 scarves so we're well on the way to reaching our 500 target and beyond.

Today I've been to BCHA's St Paul's night shelter, 'Sleep Safe Campaign', in Bournemouth and presented them with the first 50 TwoToo scarves of this winter.

Caption: Steve Bamford, far right, presents TwoToo scarves to some of the residents and staff of BCHA's St Paul's night shelter, 'Sleep Safe Campaign'.

As reported in the Bournemouth Echo: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9437658.Scarf_gifts_for_the_homeless/

November 2011

Great support from all at the http://www.bournemouthbreakfastclub.co.uk/ this morning. That's another 12 scarves sold, so another 12 scarves can be given away to homeless people. Thank you!

November 2011

TwoToo was featured in the Church Times on 4th November's article 'Shopping for a better world - Julia McGuinness goes in search of ethical gifts for all this Christmas'.

November 2011

Buy My FaceSee TwoToo on the faces of Ross & Ed at http://buymyface.com on Friday 11th November! Thanks to Lee Taylor of www.proserv-marketing.co.uk for donating the day!

I'd also like to thank Darren Northeast www.darrennortheast.co.uk for his generous help with PR.

...and especially Paul O'Hanlon at www.dedoko.com for generously building the new TwoToo website and shop.

 

 

Summer 2011

This summer TwoToo featured at the 3 weeks of the Keswick Convention in the Lake District where TwoToos were on sale in the Fair Trade Shop in the Earthworks venue.

 

December 2010

Routes to Roots30 TwoToo Scarves and 20 TwoToo T Shirts were given out to Routes to Roots in Poole, Dorset. Here Barbara Bamford hands Routes to Roots Support Manager, Rob Fish one of the scarves.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael HouseAnother 35 TwoToo scarves plus 35 TwoToo T Shirts were given out to Michael House in Bournemouth, Dorset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/7/09

See TwoToo in the Earthworks Venue at the Keswick Convention 11 - 31 July 2009. http://www.keswickministries.org/earthworks_mission_exhibition

11/7/09

TwoToo Special offer for the Summer! TwoToo T Shirts are now only £5 each and we've also got a new red scarf available NOW!

23/1/09

Tonight another 18 scarves were given out at the Birmingham Soup Run.

 

22/1/09

FiresideAnother 70 scarves have been delivered to SIFA Fireside today. The photograph shows SIFA Fireside's PR/Fundraiser, Sr. Sabina presenting Paul and Clare, who are both sleeping rough, with TwoToo scarves. They were glad of the scarves, given the present weather.

SIFA Fireside works alongside those who are socially excluded or disadvantaged, addressing alcohol issues and homelessness and empowering and supporting people to meet their short and long term goals. http://www.sifafireside.co.uk

14/1/09

It's been a busy fews weeks! We have now sold approx 250 scarves so far this winter. As well as 30 being distributed before Christmas, more will be distributed via the Soup Run over the next fews week. 83 were given away through a Christmas Party for the elderly organised by a great bunch of pupils at Five Ways School, Bartley Green, Birmingham. More to go out soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Birmingham Evening Mail TwoTooLast week TwoToo appeared in the Birmingham Mail Extra(8th January) in this great article, here on the right!

 

1/12/08

The temperature is dropping and the number of people at the Soup Run, Birmingham, is increasing.

On Friday, 28/11/08, we had a very busy Soup Run night with a lot more people than we've been getting in recent months. On a very cold, foggy evening we gave out 30 scarves, plus the one I was wearing, as the demand was higher than expected.

Sales are increasing now as people are thinking about Christmas and presents that have more meaning than yet another box of chocolates. We had a great deal of response from people receiving scarves last Christmas and how much they were able to identify with homeless and elderly people. Don't forget about TwoToo T Shirts! They have been reduced by 20% and also make great Christmas presents! For every T Shirt sold we'll give another one away to a homeless person. T Shirts are versatile clothing items, great for summer but also help as another layer in the winter.

 

11/7/08

TwoToo T Shirts are now available! You may be thinking about your summer holidays, but we're planning for the winter and have recently taken a new order of TwoToo scarves ready for the forthcoming winter. However, we haven't totally given up on summer yet, which is why we're offering you T Shirts now! This helps to keep TwoToo in your memory and reminds the homeless people that we'll also distribute them too, that they haven't been forgotten.

This weekend is the start of 3 weeks of the Keswick Convention in the Lake District where TwoToo will be on sale in the Fair Trade Shop in the Earthworks venue!

 

20/1/08

Thank you everybody for your support in purchasing TwoToo scarves! Especially St John's Church, Harborne for purchasing about 350 of the 548 that have now sold!

As you will see below from earlier news, 475 scarves will have been distributed by tomorrow.
TwoToo
scarves are still available for sale, and please look out for new items coming very soon which will also be sold on the same basis as the scarves have been - giving the opportunity to show support to homeless, needy and elderly people.

Many thanks to Holyhead School, Handsworth where 11 of the staff supported TwoToo by buying scarves and signing a joint Christmas Card instead of sending individual cards to each other.

 

18/1/08

30 TwoToo scarves were distributed at the Restore party for asylum seekers and refugees last Saturday 12th January. Another 100 TwoToo scarves went out on Thursday 17th January, to Fireside - an open-door day centre providing a welcoming and supportive environment for the homeless and those in need of support. The remaining 70+ of the current batch of 500 TwoToo scarves to distribute, will go next week, to the Homeless Services Centre which is a part of Midland Heart, one of the country's largest housing and community regeneration associations.

 

2/1/08

It's a New Year and Christmas will soon be a distant memory, but don't forget that a TwoToo isn't just for Christmas. Winter continues and will still be cold for a few months yet. You will still be able to buy TwoToo scarves here for the next few months.
We gave out another 19 scarves at the Soup Run last Friday and more scarves will be distributed via local charities over the next few weeks. Thank you for supporting
TwoToo!

 

21/12/07

Well, you've done it! We have now reached the target of 500 TwoToo scarves sold. This means that we are able to give out 500 more scarves to homeless, needy or elderly people. So far we've given out approx 250 scarves, so plenty more to go out. More will be given out at the Birmingham Soup Run between Christmas and New Year. Thanks to a friend who works in Brighton sometimes, and also helps at the Soup Runs there, he will be giving out 50 scarves in Brighton this week. So TwoToo is spreading! Online sales have been increasing over the last couple of weeks. The news is spreading with orders coming from York in the North down to Southampton in the South!

Remember that a TwoToo is not just for Christmas, it's for the whole winter. We will be continuing to sell TwoToo scarves for the next few months, while it is still cold, to help provide some warmth for the homeless, needy and elderly.

Look out for developments in the New Year and the possibility of some other items being available here. I would welcome any comments or thoughts you may have about TwoToo. Please email them to news@twotoo.co.uk.

TwoToo is featured in this week's issue of Church Times and the interview they did with me was broadcast on BBC WM last Sunday. 

There is a link on the Greenbelt website's 'Christmas Gifts Ideas' page at: http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/index.php?p=943

 

11/12/07

Heart FM used the interview they did with me about TwoToo in a couple of News bulletins on Sunday. I missed them but they sent me some audio files of the bulletins! 

BBC WM will be doing an interview with me on Friday to be aired on Sunday morning. Also in response to the Press Release, The Birmingham Evening Mail are intending to do a feature towards the end of this week and The Church Times are intending to do a feature in next week's edition.

Another delivery of 500 TwoToo scarves is arriving on Thursday including navy blue and, by popular demand, black. The new delivery will provide 100 scarves to go out next week to homeless contacts of the Birmingham charity, Cornerstone.

 

7/12/07

It's been a busy week with much interest in TwoToo. I've been told that Heart FM are intending to use the interview they did with me on 26th November, or at least some of it, in a broadcast sometime on Sunday 9th December! We've also sent out a Press Release to the local Birmingham Press today, so wait to see if anyone else picks up on TwoToo. I'll let you know if anything happens.

I've also been told that TwoToo has somehow made an appearance on the local NHS intranet!

 

2/12/07

It seems like much, much longer, but it's only actually a week since TwoToo was officially launched!

On Friday 23rd November the first 37 scarves were given out to homeless people at the Soup Run in the centre of Birmingham, many who were going to be sleeping out in sub zero temperatures that night.

On Sunday 25th November at St John's in Harborne, we had a very positive response and sold 166 scarves. I was overwhelmed by the amount of people who thought the idea was 'really, really good'.

On Monday 26th November I was interviewed by Heart FM, the local radio station, about TwoToo and they were very keen to broadcast the interview and promote the idea. As yet I haven't heard if it's been broadcast, but there's still time! They have also featured TwoToo on their News page of their website with a link to the TwoToo website.

On Friday 30th November we gave out another 29 scarves at the Soup Run. Many of the people there had received scarves the previous Friday and thanked us for them.

Saturday 1st December was the day for a party for the elderly where 55 scarves where given out. The next day, Sunday, one lady was heard to say: "I haven't taken it off yet, it's really comfortable and warm!"

On Sunday 2nd December a further 91 scarves where sold at St John's, Harborne.

More news to come...

Steve Bamford