What is World Homeless Day?
Commemorated on October 10, #WorldHomelessDay was created from discussions between aid workers from around the world, all working against homelessness in their own countries.
The aim of #WorldHomelessDay is to bring attention to homeless people’s needs locally, and to encourage community involvement in tackling the issue, all while taking advantage of the stage that an international day provides.
The slogan of the Day is ‘locals act locally on a global day’, and encourages you to raise awareness of homelessness in your community.
So, how can you help?
Educate yourself and other people about homeless issues
Celebrate and support local charities and service providers
Volunteer and provide hands on help
Host a fundraiser for your preferred charity
Share on social media by using the tag #worldhomelessday and tagging @homelessday and @Homelessworldcup
Help keep the ball rolling…
Ending Homelessness Through Football
The Homeless World Cup is an annual week-long street football tournament that brings together over 500 players representing 40+ countries, with each player having faced homelessness and social marginalisation.
Hosted in a different city every year, the tournament attracts more than 80,000 visitors and millions of viewers online.
As well as aiming to inspire marginalised people to make positive changes in their lives, the Homeless World Cup seeks to challenge and change the public’s perceptions of homelessness.
By humanising those in the social margins, we aim to break down stereotypes and change the ways in which we think and talk about homelessness.
Former Homeless World Cup winners include Scotland (2007 and 2011), Chile (2012 and 2014), and Austria (2003), Brazil (2010, 2013 and 2017). Mexico are the current defending champions.
Our street football partners operate in more than 450 locations, reaching 100,000 homeless people every year. So far, the Homeless World Cup Foundation and its partners have impacted the lives of 1 million homeless people around the globe.
Each year, our network of street football partners select more than 500 players to compete in the annual Homeless World Cup tournament. Of those participants:
What is the Homeless World Cup Foundation?
The Homeless World Cup Foundation is a unique, pioneering charity which uses football to inspire people who are homeless to change their own lives.
Our street football partners operate in more than 450 locations worldwide, reaching 100,000 homeless people every year. So far, the Homeless World Cup Foundation and its partners have impacted the lives of 1 million homeless people around the globe.
Homelessness can force people into isolation, which affects their ability to share, communicate, and work with others.
When a person who is homeless gets involved in football, they build relationships; they become teammates who learn to trust and share. They have a responsibility to attend training sessions and games, to be on time, and to be prepared to participate. They feel that they are part of something larger than themselves.
The sense of empowerment that comes from participating in street football helps people who are homeless see that they can change their lives; and our Street Football Partner organisations give them the tools they need to do just that.
With your help, we can reach even more people in need.