AOK Rucksack Appeal

Registered Charity Number: 1160281

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We are updating this due to the huge success we have had in the last 12 months.98 of the streets between April2015-Dec 2015.please look at our website until it is updated and in the meantime here is a resume of who we are and what we do


AOK Rucksack Appeal




Patron: Stephen Young Lord of Westbury


Registered charity number: 1160281




AOK Rucksack Appeal is a charity founded in early in 2015 by Sally Harvey and recognised by the Charity Commission on 2nd February.  


Sally worked with the homeless for over 10 years but had to take early retirement because she had Parkinson’s disease.  Her passions for the homeless lead her and her Trustees to form the charity.  Between them they have a wealth of experience.  Sally’s lies with drug and gambling addictions and mental health; Roger has decades of financial experience; and Juliette has a degree in Psychology and other 25 years experience with addictions, mental health and domestic violence.


This expertise does not stop there because there is an abundance of experience within the Advisory team.  This includes psychiatric nurse, two addiction counsellorssolicitor on housing law, a people developer, a journalist with experience of prisoners, a nurse, and alternative therapists.  In addition we have a very worthy patron, Stephen Young, Lord of Westbury.


We are a unique charity in that we work with the major homeless agencies in getting homeless people OFF the streets, into accommodation, and back into society using a philosophy based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

The objective of the Charity is the relief of the needs of homeless people by the provision of funds, assistance, facilities, goods, services and other means of support in the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and surrounding areas.


To meet our objective we have the following aims:


To provide practical help and hope to new homeless persons by providing, via Agencies, rucksacks filled with essential items such as clothes, toiletries, and other useful items.  


To provide practical help and hope to newly housed ex homeless persons by providing, via Agencies, baskets, bowls, and buckets filled with essential items such as healthy food, new clothes, toiletries and household items.


To work with and through the Agencies to empower and re-establish confidence and self worth to existing or ex rough sleepers through voluntary work, creative arts and life skills.


To integrate communities with the homeless and reduce the stigma of homelessness, and to create caring communities to assist with our mission of helping the homeless by bringing together people of all ages, abilities, beliefs, nationalities, and walks of life.



The agencies that we help and the demands on our offerings continue to grow. 


We also provide, or have provided, the following services:


Clothing that is donated to us but unsuitable for our Rucksack and Move In” pack offering, such as coats and trousers, but which is suitable for homeless people are passed to the Agencies.  


Sleeping Bags that are donated to us are passed onto the Agencies.


We work with the Red Tent organisation in providing feminine products for Homeless Agencies and Women’s Refuges.  They collect and we deliver.


Other items that are donated to us that we or the homeless cannot use, such as books, children’s clothing and toys, we pass onto charity shops and charity organisations.  We have made reciprocal arrangements so if they receive goods that are not appropriate for them, but are for us, they will pass them on.


We can produce advice ant training to build confidence, interview techniques and CV writing.  


We can lend out suits, shirts, ties and shoes if required for interviews.  


We have produced a poetry book on homelessness containing poems written by the homeless and ex-homeless.  This book has been commended by Bournemouth’s Poet Laureate, featured on his website, and with his assistance details of the book are displayed in all of the area’s libraries.  It inspired him to write his own “homeless” poem.


We have arranged an Art exhibition for homeless artists. 


We have arranged for a hairdresser to provide hair cutting, currently on a monthly basis or ad hoc basis for interviews.


We can give talks to organisation in an attempt to reduce stigma.


We have donated children’s books to libraries to raise awareness amongst children.


We have provided 20 Sleeping Bags to CRI (Outreach Team) for homeless people brought inside out of the cold during the early hours of the morning.


We have purchased and donated kitchen equipment to the YMCA to help them set up a Training Kitchen, so their people can learn basic cooking skills to help themselves, and possibly a start to a career in Catering.  To help with the empowerment we are encouraging those soup kitchens that are held indoors to have the homeless involved in the preparation, serving, and clearing up.  


We have just started a Suspended Coffee scheme.  A customer in one of the participating cafes can pay for an additional cup of coffee and these credits will be passed on by us to the local agencies for use by their clients.  This will enable them to socialise and make new friends.  


We have just started giving “Move On packs to those moving from hostels to independent living.  Items include saucepans, pillows, duvets and covers and anything else that we may have in “stock”.  We always try to meet special requests.


We recently asked for, and received, a donation of 250 Christmas Gift Sets from Lush which we passed onto the three main agencies as Christmas presents for their clients.  What we did not asked for, but received, were numerous packs of Lush products.  These have been passed on to other homeless organisations and charities.  


We have arranged for an Artist to provide art lessons and art therapy to interested clients of the agencies.


We would like to organise a regular meeting place where the ex-homeless can meet and make new friends rather than mix with the old ones that are still on the streets.


We would like to open a shop or have a room somewhere, opening say once a week or fortnight, which would hold a large range of donated clothes, where homeless people could be referred by the agencies, to choose the clothes they require, hopefully in the right sizes.  


Other empowerment events are planned and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our offerings and thus provide further and better help to the agencies and the homeless. 


Although we get a good and positive response from the Agencies when we make deliveries, now we are nearing our first anniversary of achieving Charity status we are asking both Agencies and Clients to complete a simple questionnaire on our responses to their needs.  Once we have their feedback we can use it towards reviewing and improving our service.


email:                                               Web Site:                                         Phone:      01202 300 982 / 07974 171 480


        32 Kensington Court,

        43 Knyveton Road,


        BH1 3QT


07974 171 480

01202 300 982


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AOK Rucksack Appeal Flat 32 Kensington Court
43 Knyveton Rd


AOK Rucksack Appeal News

Lord Westbury becomes patron

Date posted: 25 May 2015

in May Lord Westbury approached us and wanted to help It was agreed he would be patron… Read More»

Charity of the year

Date posted: 05 Apr 2015

we have just been chosen by Bournemouth news and info to be their charity for 2015 Thank you… Read More»

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March 2016
Total Income £13,593
Total Expenditure £9,783

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