Here at Selby Design, we’d like to give a little something back to those less fortunate!
We want to remember that whilst we are designing new homes, extensions and property conversions day in, day out, there are a number of people in our towns and villages who are not quite so lucky and can be faced with very difficult living situations. With some having to make use of a friend’s sofa or floor and with fears of outstaying welcomes. Others facing even worse circumstances, having no roof over their heads at all and in great need of support.
Following the success of our support scheme in December last year, our scheme has been extended to 2015, Selby Design will be donating £50 to one of two homeless charities (client to pick) for each and every new project instructed!
We’ve chosen two homeless charities that we’d like to support and a representative from each charity has kindly written a few words about the area that they cover, the support that they provide and how they are planning to use the donations to support those that they work with.
The Bridge Trust
I guess the first thing many people may ask about homelessness in this part of the world is “are there any homeless people around here at all, and if so where are they”? I think that’s a reasonable question to ask and people deserve a proper answer, so here goes. Firstly, the vast majority of homeless people in West Kent, about 90% of them in fact, don’t actually sleep rough on our streets. Most are in some sort of unacceptable, temporary situation. These are still homeless people, but they are not actually visible, on our streets. Secondly, anyone who is unfortunate enough to be street homeless, won’t usually sleep anywhere they can be found. It’s common sense really. If they slept in the shop doorways or on park benches they would be moved-on by the police, or hassled by drunks coming out of the pubs late at night or even by school kids early in the morning. Lastly it’s because The Bridge Trust exists that you don’t see so many homeless people.
Since the beginning of April this year, The Bridge Trust has received almost 100 applications from homeless people – almost 1 every other day becoming homeless. So even if you can’t see too many homeless people in this part of the world, please don’t think they are not there – they are, and we need your support to continue helping them.
Based in Tonbridge, The Bridge Trust is a small local charity, providing support and accommodation for single homeless adults from across Kent, but predominantly West Kent. We have 5 properties across Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells where we support up to 24 people at any one time, for up to 2 years. Over the past 23 years we have helped over 6,000 people and housed around 700 of those. Any funds donated to the Trust through Selby Design’s December scheme will go towards the provision of move-on packs for our clients. When they are ready to move on from us they need the basic essentials to start the next stage of their lives, so we want to provide them with bathroom packs, bedroom packs and kitchen packs of various essential and practical items that they will need to settle-in to their new homes.
Porchlight is one of the foremost charities supporting vulnerable and homeless people in Kent and Croydon. It has supported accommodation services in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Ramsgate, Sittingbourne and Tonbridge, a homelessness prevention service and a dedicated rough sleeper team.
We provide a range of services supporting people with complex needs, with specialist services for young people, ex-offenders and people with enduring mental health issues.
Focus is on long-term solutions, breaking the cycle of homelessness and ensuring that people can live independently in the future. Every donation from Selby Design’s Scheme will go directly towards the funding of our Rough Sleeper programme. Our team seeks to provide rough sleepers with safe accommodation, so they have the chance to turn their lives around.
Our team go out early morning and late evening to find people who are sleeping rough, bringing them a hot drink, warm clothing and helping to find them safe accommodation. Often they will move into Porchlight’s own accommodation projects where they can stay from 3 months to 2 years depending on their specific needs. Here, they will have a key worker who will help them to address complex issues such as mental ill-health, as well as receive training on functional, life and employment skills supporting them to become independent.
To understand in more detail how the donations can support those in need, here are some approximate figures for thought:
- £500 could provide the rent deposit for someone who is moving on from our accommodation and into their own independent flat.
- £3,200 could provide a vulnerable 16 year old with complex needs with a month’s intensive support at our specialist young persons’ hostel.
How will it work?
Upon project instruction, you will be asked to specify which of the two charities you would like us to donate £50 to and then at the end of each month, the responses will be tallied up and a cheque for the total amount will be sent to each charity to be used as mentioned above.
For more information about either of the above charities, either in relation to their work to date or to find out how else you can help and support them in the future, you can contact the representatives directly on the below email addresses.
The Bridge Trust – firstname.lastname@example.org
Porchlight – JoanneSpiteri@porchlight.org.uk
From all of us, thank you for your part in supporting these great charities.