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Andy's story
A year and a half ago I was the Sales Manager of a large company, living with my partner and son in a very nice house, enjoying a happy home life. I lost my job due to cuts - I wasn't bothered, I'd never been unemployed and thought I'd just get another job.

Forward 6 months
44 years old, unemployed, single and nowhere to live or to call home. Still things can only get better, so I thought. But the next seven months were spent 'Bed Hopping', sleeping on sofas or in spare rooms, sometimes travelling 100 miles in a week, one night here, two nights there.

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News & events
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21st December 2012
Check out the DENS YouTube Channel & watch two service users rapping about their feelings on homelessness

31st January
Check out DENS Charity Shop & Furniture Warehouse - open now at The Hub, Mon-Fri 10am-2pm

8th March 2013
Here are some easy ideas how YOU can fundraise for DENS!

29th May 2013
Check out DENS current volunteering opportunities!

July 2013
DENS Annual Review & Report are now available

September 2013
DENS Autumn 2013 Newsletter - now available
DENS Autumn 2013 Newsletter

New homeless hostel in Hemel Hempstead
Planning committee gives the go-ahead for Hemel Hempstead homeless hostel
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Rising demand for emergency food parcels
Foodbank sees 150 per cent rise in demand across Dacorum
Read the full article

Please donate food to DENS Dacorum Foodbank
Here is a list of items we most urgently need for food parcels

Fantastic support from Iguana Creative for DENS
Big Thank you to Iguana Creative for £10,000 worth of the highest quality creative and design pro-bono support you gave to DENS over the past year. We love the new banner, annual review, annual report and leaflets Iguana has designed for us.
Iguana Creative

New collection point for DENS Dacorum Foodbank at Specsavers
Specsavers at the Marlowes donated £1,349 from their October in-store promotion to DENS and launched food collection point for DENS Dacorum Foodbank at their store. Thank you Specsavers!

Steria employees support DENS
Thank you to Steria for raising £350 for DENS during One Day Challenge event on 14th November 2013

Big Thanks to the anonymous businessman
for his very kind donation of £2,000 to DENS which was presented to us by the Editor of the Gazette John Francis.
Read the full story

Read an insight into a Sleepout and homelessness from HIYA (Hemel Initiative for Youth Action)
who took part in the Sleepout on 6th December outside St Albans Abbey
Read the blog from Claire who took part in the Sleepout with young people from HIYA

Hemel Online feature - 18th December
Vital foodbank service for cash-strapped in Dacorum needs help for life, not just for Christmas...
Watch the video and read the article how DENS Foodbank is helping cash-strapped residents in Dacorum

DENS Christmas Newsletter 2013
Wishing all our supporters, volunteers, service users and staff a very Happy Christmas and successful New Year!

Show your support - become a Friend of DENS
From as little as £10 a year, you can become a 'Friend of DENS'

MITIE's fantastic support for DENS
DENS Charity Shop & Furniture Warehouse would like to say a big Thank You to MITIE for their kind and generous support at The Hub. They help us in numerous ways including maintenance, building works, discard collections and volunteering. We greatly appreciate their help and wish all MITIE staff a happy and prosperous 2014

Tiki Café at the Marlowes collected money for 30 teas/coffees for homeless people in Dacorum
The money for vouchers was donated by Tiki Café's generous customers. DENS has now distributed all but one voucher to homeless people. Thank you Tiki Café for your fantastic support.

Hope for the homeless as hostel takes shape in Hemel Hempstead
The work has started on the new 41-bed hostel
Read the full article at Hemel Online

DENS Day Centre faces closure if funding is not found in 8 weeks
Read the full article in Hemel Online
Funding cuts could call time on homeless charity's day centre

DENS plea for help to avoid day centre crisis
Dacorum's two MPs spoke out in support of saving DENS Day Centre from closure
Read the full article in Hemel Today

Young & Homelessness 2013 Report
More than 40% of young homeless people are not in education, employment or training - read the full report

DENS hopes that it can keep its Day Centre running
Read the full article in Hemel Gazette and Hemel Online
Hemel Gazette article and video

DBC offers DENS two year rent holiday for its Day Centre
A vital day centre facility for Dacorum's homeless which was threatened with closure earlier this year has received another welcome funding boost
Read full story in Hemel Today

DENS Day Centre receives funding from the Big Lottery Fund
Fantastic news! DENS has received funding for the Day Centre for the next three years
Please read the full article

DENS Spring Newsletter 2014
Find out how we can work together to build a better future

Easter High Needs List
Please donate food and essential items for homeless people this Easter

10 year old Jack raised £380 for DENS
Jack took part in the Warrior Adrenaline Race on Sat 26th April and managed to raise £380 for DENS. Very well done Jack!
Jack taking part in the Warrior race - see the photos

DENS Sponsored Walk on 17th May
See the photos from the event
Sponsored Walk - photos

64 supporters came out for a 10 mile DENS Sponsored Walk on Saturday 17th May
to raise much needed funds to the charity and raise awareness about homelesness on our doorstep. Thank you to everyone who took part in the walk and raising more than £5,000 sponsorship money so far.
Hemel Online - article and video about the Sponsored Walk

Waitrose (Berkhamsted) selected DENS for Community Matters in June
Customers who shop at Waitrose (Berkhamsted) in June can show support for DENS by placing green Waitose tokens (received at a till) into Community Matters boxes in store. Thank you for your support.

DENS Foodbank launches food collection point
Sainsbury's Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead has kindly agreed to have a permanent food collection point for DENS Foodbank at its store. The official launch of this great initiative will be on Friday 6th June at the Sainsbury's Woodhall Farm store

DENS launches partnership with Domino's Pizza
On Thursday 5th June, DENS launched partnership with Domino's Pizza to provide pizzas donated by the customers to service users of DENS Day Centre and Night Shelter

DENS Dacorum Foodbank is organising a food collection at Tesco stores
in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted & Tring on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th & Saturday 5th July. We will need volunteers to help with this collection between 9-5pm. Please sign up
Sign up for the supermarket collection - details on DENS Facebook page

British 10k London Run on Sunday 13th July
Very well done to all the runners who took part in this race for DENS and raised £3,000 of sponsorship to support the charity's work
See the photos from the British 10K London Run

DENS Annual Review 2014
Exciting updates about each of DENS services + real life stories

DENS Annual Review 2013-14 now available
Find out how each of DENS services supported many vulnerable people in rebuilding their lives and read their stories
Annual Review 2013-14

Save the date - 5th December
Sponsored Sleepout is taking place on Friday 5th December outside St Albans Abbey. If you would like to take part in this event please contact fundraising@dens.org.uk or call 01442 800268
Sleep Out Information

2014 Harvest List now available!
Click here to access the new 2014 Harvest list.

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