Ever considered the impact a pair of socks can make?
Come with us and see! We are a group who engage with the homeless in London by cutting through the misconceptions, prejudice and fear that often accompany stereotypes of rough sleepers and other vulnerable groups in the city. We walk, sit and talk with them in a moment of mutual learning and trust, driven by the ethos of unconditional human contact and friendship. . Anyone with an open mind and the willingness to be challenged and step out of their comfort zone can join The Sock Mob!
And a simple pair of socks is all it takes to break the ice.
We meet in small groups, lead by an experienced member (either an organiser or walk leader), usually once a week, at pre-arranged Central London locations and walk around for about an hour or so, bringing along any food, drinks and basic material goods we can to share with homeless people we have got to know over the years, chatting, catching up with their news, and offering practical help where possible, like making phone calls on their behalf, or directing them to agencies that may be able to help. The main aim is to listen, talk and forge meaningful links with them in a completely non-judgemental and agenda-free way. Afterwards, we sometimes go to a local pub to catch up with others from the different routes. Occasionally, the RSVPs are closed once our allocations of groups are full, but there is always the following week!
We are not a charity, but hope to have a separate charity arm supporting us in the near future, so we will continue to be an informal group of people with a desire to put humane principles into every day, effective action. We have more information about who we are on the Pages tab of the group here: http://www.meetup.com/thesockmob/about/, so feel free to read more about us there. We are also a group on Facebook, which members are welcome to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/14461009456...: For any media enquiries, please contact Maggie Lee in the first instance.