In the early stages of our project we want to hear as many peoples’ stories and opinions as possible. Where they are happy to participate, we would like to share those stories. We want to know and share:
- Stories of people on the streets
- Stories of life in poverty
- What people think of available support
- Experience of soup kitchens/food banks
- What assistance people would like to see put in place
One of the ways we can use these stories and experiences to improve the lives of the poorest people is by improving communication between them and the organisations that are trying to help them.
We can analyse the difference between what people are asking for and what they are being offered. And pressure organisations to account for the discrepancy.
In line with the Kanndoo philosophy, this will start by asking the people who staff these organisations what they need.
- What are your experiences?
- Will you share your story?
- What have you seen that works?
- What doesn’t?
And seeing how we can use social media, software development and old-fashioned logistical support to help.
Having established the needs of the homeless community and the organisations working to help them directly. Kanndoo can do three things:
- Develop and give away software solutions that meet those needs.
- Source and distribute items that homeless people have requested, or that experienced volunteers have reported positively about.
- Use social media to connect these real voices to the people with the power to change their lives.
Once we’re established as a credible movement, Kanndoo will need to network to increase our ability to amplify unheard voices and raise funds from corporate sponsors. We can engage in getting support from:
- Local businesses
- Government at all levels
And getting the message across on online media channels and local and national news outlets.
Another tool for engagement is to hold workshops and open days hosted by our staff and volunteers. The aim of these should be to:
- Bring people with similar aims together
- Understand the problems being faced
- Further establish what help charities need
- Discuss what needs changing and how we can achieve that