A trio of appointments for Yorkshire homelessness charity

Press release

4th December 2017

A trio of appointments for Yorkshire homelessness charity

A Yorkshire homelessness charity has appointed a business development manager and two new outreach workers to support its expansion.

Fahad Khan joins Simon on the Streets as a business development manager and his main responsibilities will be to establish and develop corporate partnerships within Yorkshire’s business community. As an independent charity which does not receive government or local authority funding, it relies heavily on corporate partnerships to continue its vital work with rough sleepers.

With a degree in International Relations and Security Studies, Fahad graduated from the University of Bradford in 2009.

Fahad brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously held the position of National Outreach Coordinator at a national faith based charity and prior to that, as a fundraiser at a Leeds-based disability charity. His previous roles involved supporting the homeless and working within community groups.

Founded in 1999, Simon on the Streets is an independent charity, which relies solely on sponsorship, fundraising and donations. The charity works with local people who are affected by homelessness and rough sleeping in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. The organisation offers street-support to individuals who have complex needs and cannot access mainstream services, due to behavioural issues or mental illness.

Fahad will also assist general manager, Gordon Laing, in developing a long-term fundraising strategy to continue growth and enable the charity to deliver its services on a larger scale.

Commenting on his new role, Fahad said:

“I’m delighted to have joined the Simon on the Streets team, I have known about the charity for a long time having previously worked in the sector for a number of years. It’s a great team to come into and I look forward to learning a lot from them.

“I’m so passionate about suppprting rough sleepers and recently the number of people affected by homelessness has clearly grown. This is not an issue you can ignore, it affects everyone, regardless of background. Everyone should be involved in trying to tackle homelessness and we need to support rough sleepers, who are often the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. We are all human beings and this goes above anything.”

The charity has also recruited two new outreach workers who will carry out essential work in the Leeds area. Sarah Curry and Ellie Panteliou join the team and will be working to help rough sleepers find aspirations and sustainably make positive changes in their lives.

Commenting on the new appointments, general manager Gordon Laing said:

“It’s fantastic to have Fahad, Sarah and Ellie on board, the Simon on the Streets team is continuously growing which means that we can carry out our essential support with the homeless community on a larger scale.

“I look forward to working with Fahad on strategically growing the charity which will enable us to support as many rough sleepers as possible.”


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About Simon on the Streets

Simon On the Streets is a registered charity (1165317) that focuses on unsupported people with a history of rough sleeping in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. The team offers street-based, emotional and practical support for those who cannot access mainstream services. Part of Simon on the Streets’ role is tackling the behavioral issues and mental illnesses that result in homelessness and addiction. For more information about the charity, visit www.simononthestreets.co.uk or tweet @simonotstreets.