This has all been made possible through our Care and Support Donations Fund. Since April 2023, we’ve had 215 successful applications across 68 schemes.
Kind donations come from our stakeholders, and the money raised is then used for our Supported Housing schemes to help improve facilities, set up external courses and days out or leisure activities.
In December 2023 every successful scheme received a Christmas party pack filled with games, activities and recipes to support their festive celebrations. Over £26,000 worth of Love2Shop vouchers were also given out to over 1,300 residents.
The funding is so important because it helps bring residents together to build crucial relationships. It is also a great way to bring joy to residents during difficult times.
Karen Page, a resident at Viscount Court and one of our Donations Fund Panel members, said: “I just wanted to tell you how happy the residents were to have a Christmas Hamper and party. It brought lots of smiles to faces.”
Our Donations Fund isn’t just for Christmas; it is also available for different projects throughout the year. For example, one of our supported housing schemes, Audrey Needham House in Berkshire, secured a total of £1,336 to purchase parasols, bases and covers for their garden furniture.
The application process is open to our Supported Housing residents and colleagues, who can apply for funding on behalf of these residents. The applications are reviewed by our Donations Fund Panel every three months.
We’re recruiting for new panel members to help with the application approval process. We are particularly looking for young residents or those within our homeless services to become panel members, so if know someone who may be interested, please get in touch with email@example.com for more information. If you or one of your residents would like to apply, please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0800 432 0077.