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Man Urges Town To Join Rucksack Project This Christmas

Thursday November 28 2013


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A BARNSLEY man is appealing for volunteers to help the town's homeless this Christmas.

Adie Flute, 40, of Old School Court, Barugh Green, read about The Rucksack Project and decided to help out in his hometown.

Founded in 2009 by Mathew White in Bristol, the scheme has flourished giving the less fortunate some much-needed help through the harsh winter months.

Adie said: "I'm hoping to gather willing volunteers to help here in Barnsley.

"It's not about sponsorship or collecting money, it's about giving up a bit of time and energy to directly help others who are sleeping rough on our streets.

"I've been in touch with the council and would love people and businesses to get involved."

It's hoped that people will donate items to fill rucksacks filled with things such as sleeping bags, coats, hats, gloves, socks and underwear. Flasks with soup and tins with ring pulls on are also being asked for.

Founder Mathew was inspired to start the project after witnessing people fretting about unimportant issues.

"It's meant to be the season of goodwill," he said. "I felt like we lost the meaning of Christmas, so I did something that was so simple to make a difference to people's lives."

Having approached local charity shops and explained his cause, slowly but surely kind-hearted people came out to donate and Mathew took the donations to Steve, a homeless man on Bristol's streets.

"Words can't express how grateful they were," he added. "That's the best present I could have given anyone at Christmas."

To help out with this worthy cause, comment below or email Adie by clicking here.

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Reply Posted by kerry on Thursday November 28 2013 at 15:32
hi how do I get involved 2 willing volunteers

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:20
Hi Kerry, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday November 28 2013 at 15:35
Homeless people are dying on the streets and we have numerous buildings empty and for all intents and purpose entirely abandoned in the town centre and across the borough, along with the rest of the country.

It is still legal to squat commercial buildings, so if you find yourself homeless, by all means do what you can to feed yourself and wear as many layers as possible to avoid death and serious injury from the cold, but don't be afraid of legally squatting derelict/abandoned/unused commercial buildings.

Perhaps we could also donate tools and equipment to the homeless to allow them to improve derelict buildings, and maybe even offer business rate relief for the owners empty commercial buildings to allow people a warm and safe place to sleep and eat, for free that would otherwise lie idle.

Reply Posted by Adie Flute on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:22
Hi Tom, Thank you for your interest in Barnsley's part of the Rucksack Project. If you would like help out I would be extremely grateful, and if you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by michelle on Thursday November 28 2013 at 15:41
I would like to help with the project.

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:22
Hi Michelle, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by lisa courtney on Thursday November 28 2013 at 16:00
I live in barnsley how do I get involved where do u donate stuff to thanks

Reply Posted by cp on Thursday November 28 2013 at 16:02
i think this is a lovely idea :) would love to volunteer xx

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:23
Hi CP, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by amanda brook on Thursday November 28 2013 at 16:08
Id love to volunteer how do i get involved

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:23
Hi Amanda, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by Kay on Thursday November 28 2013 at 16:33
I will volunteer, How do I get involved? It's a good idea!

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:24
Hi Kay, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by Ellie on Thursday November 28 2013 at 17:18
Im in too - let me know some details and i will be there :)

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:24
Hi Ellie, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by Amanda on Thursday November 28 2013 at 17:59
I would defo give some of my time. Xx

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:25
Hi Amanda, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by laura on Thursday November 28 2013 at 19:13
i would like 2 help xx

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:25
Hi Laura, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by GRIM on Thursday November 28 2013 at 19:21
WOW! Compare the responce on this article to the one about the homeless polish fella that got arrested.
If only all people were as sympathetic about all people, regardless of nationality, ethnicity etc.,

Reply Posted by MIRG on Thursday November 28 2013 at 19:24
response not "responce" and you may get some replies.

Reply Posted by soppy on Thursday November 28 2013 at 19:29
i would like to offer help

Reply Posted by Adie Flute on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:26
Hi, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by GRIM on Thursday November 28 2013 at 19:50
I don't need replies.
I was making a poorly spelt rhetorical statement.

Regardless, I wish Adie all the best with this project. Well worthy of people's support.

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:38
Hi, Thank you for your interest in Barnsley's part of the Rucksack Project and well wishes. If you would like help out in any way I would be extremely grateful, and if you would like to, but haven't done so already, then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by MIRG on Thursday November 28 2013 at 19:53
YES and not everybody wants to help the Polish.

Reply Posted by c on Thursday November 28 2013 at 20:13
This is a fab idea, I volunteer for a project in barnsley that feeds the homeless and most needy people of barnsley a hot meal 3 times a week and almost every week we are seeing new faces of people that are struggling xx great work x

Reply Posted by church group on Thursday November 28 2013 at 21:13
We are having an event at church and any funds raised we wish to donate to the homeless in Barnsley for Christmas. Please could you contact me regarding your involvement in the project you volunteer for, as this seems the ideal project.

Reply Posted by Adie Flute on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:28
Hi, Thank you for the interest in the Rucksack Project. I would be extremely grateful of anything you guys can do for the project. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details and we can discuss how we can possibly work together at greater length. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by Kfc on Thursday November 28 2013 at 20:31
Brilliant idea charity begins at home I'm willing to come along and help. I've a small van also.

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:30
Hi, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie p.s. please remind me about the van in your email

Reply Posted by Tina on Thursday November 28 2013 at 21:00
I'd like to volunteer also please x

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:32
Hi Tina, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by T on Thursday November 28 2013 at 22:15
Id like t help the" genuine" homeless people of barnsley

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:32
Hi, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by kfc on Thursday November 28 2013 at 22:26
If you missed it like me to start with there's a email link above for Adie.

Reply Posted by sara on Thursday November 28 2013 at 22:54
hiya im not too far away and would love to be involved in such a worthy project merry xmas to all xxxx

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:33
Hi Sara, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Thursday November 28 2013 at 23:19
Smashing folk on this thread. I will be giving my time in a street project in Victoria (London) during my Xmas hols. There are a lot of ex army personnel who visit our project. So sad.

Reply Posted by Richard on Thursday November 28 2013 at 23:21
Why Why always about London..PISS OFF

Reply Posted by Sid on Friday November 29 2013 at 10:49
Here here...Jog on you London queen..

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Thursday November 28 2013 at 23:22
@Tom - brilliant post love.

Reply Posted by Nat on Thursday November 28 2013 at 23:35
I'd like to help please. :)

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:34
Hi Nat, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Thursday November 28 2013 at 23:45
Thank you to everybody for your kind words and offers of support. Right now in not entirely sure how I can contact you all back (hopefully WAB will be able to help me with this tomorrow), but if you are reading this and wish to lend a hand to Barnsley's Rucksack Project then please go back to the bottom of the main article and clock on the "here" link to contact me via email. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by poz on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:12
i'd lv to help, i also have a car if some1 could email me details..

Reply Posted by Adie Flute - Rucksack Project on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:35
Hi, Thank you for volunteering. If you haven't done so already then please email using the "here" link near the bottom of the article and I will send you through more details. Thanks again, Adie

Reply Posted by ADIE FLUTE - RUCKSACK PROJECT on Friday November 29 2013 at 12:40
(please excuse the forthcoming caps) HI ALL, IF YOU ARE WISHING TO VOLUNTEER AND WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME VIA THE "HERE" EMAIL LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE NEWS ARTICLE RATHER THAN COMMENTING ON HERE. Thank you all for you support, it is very much appreciated. Adie

Reply Posted by barry on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 21:25
I have week nights free n would like to help my e mail is beerpusha@live.co.uk tried to mail u from link above but wouldn't allow for some reason ? think this is a great idea .

Reply Posted by Clare ledger on Monday December 2 2013 at 15:07
I may have some warm clothes to donate

Reply Posted by Scott Fender on Monday December 2 2013 at 15:10
I would love to help please contact me...

Reply Posted by Mathew White on Tuesday December 3 2013 at 17:00
A lovely article and, for the most part, lovely responses from the good folk of Barnsley!

Just one small inaccuracy though...

"Having approached local charity shops and explained his cause, slowly but surely kind-hearted people came out to donate and Mathew took the donations to Steve, a homeless man on Bristol's streets."

I bought everything myself from the local YMCA shop for the first packs I ever made. It was only this year that people really got behind the project and began donating items.

Please come along to the official page - www.facebook.com/rucksackproject and Like us there and become a part of the movement!

Mathew :)

Reply Posted by christine on Wednesday December 4 2013 at 23:11
hi would love to volanteer what a good cause for OUR people i work some nights but would love to help on my nights off please let me no what u need us to do

Reply Posted by Audrey Lethbridge on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 11:08
Not sure on how I can help but would like to. Do a couple of hours to help if thats any good

Reply Posted by Susan everson on Monday November 23 2015 at 11:13
Hi Adie, I am currently a volunteer at the church project on Thursday afternoon . I'm wondering where to take my do at ions?

Reply Posted by Kathy on Wednesday November 30 2016 at 14:46
hi Adie
Have gathered some stuff for the rucksack project what is the earliest time I can drop it off at the centre on 17/12 please?

Reply Posted by Christy whyman on Saturday January 7 2017 at 02:53
Really would like to get involved n help as help in the homeless is close to my Hart x