We’ve had four very welcome grants in the last quarter towards the costs of running our daily ‘drop in’ services: £5000 from CHK Charities Ltd to employ a part-time Volunteer Organiser, with the same amount awarded for next year; £4000 from the GW Turner Trust; £1000 from the Persula Foundation; £500 from the George Henry Collins Trust and £300 from the John Kendrick Charitable Trust. This supports a vital part of our work – as well as meeting immediate needs for people who otherwise wouldn’t have a hot meal or a shower, it’s often the first step for people to engage with our specialist services so that over time they can achieve positive and lasting change in their lives.
Birmingham City Council’s Community Safety Partnership has awarded us £15,000 for two part-time Psychological Wellbeing Worker posts and the Grantham Yorke Trust has given us £5000 for a part time Financial Inclusion Worker for young adults; many of our younger clients need specific financial advice so we’ll now be able to provide this ‘in house’.
KPMG has made a Corporate Social Responsibility donation of £2000 to repair our industrial tumble drier and to help with marketing and ‘Drop In’ costs. KPMG also donated three iPads for us to use at our fundraising events: the first was auctioned at our recent Quiz night, raising £300.
‘Nightmares on Wax’ & Leftfoot Venues supported our charity collection at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath during our Health and Homeless Week, which raised £88.
An employee of Lloyds Bank Foundation, James Almond, raised £232 by holding a workplace raffle and sale; this was matched by the Foundation, bringing it to £464.
The Workers’ Educational Association is now working with us to provide an Improver’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class for our Central and Eastern European clients, who move on from the Beginner’s class provided the Crisis Skylight, and with ongoing support from the Bell Foundation.
Thank you so much to everyone mentioned above for your generosity and support!