Helping the homeless with grand donation
02 November 2021
A drop-in centre that supports people in Wiltshire who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes has been given a vital cash boost from us.
Doorway Wiltshire has received a £1,000 donation from our Wessex as part of its Community Champions scheme. Persimmon Homes makes £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives across the UK.
The charity supports over 200 individuals every year and aims to reduce social isolation in the local community by offering a safe, non-judgemental environment where everyone is valued and respected.
As well as providing guests with everyday basics like freshly cooked food, laundry and shower facilities, it also offers a range of activities such as creative writing, art workshops and indoor football.
Jo Kitching, director of Doorway Wiltshire, said: “I can’t believe we’ve been selected to receive this donation from Persimmon Homes, it’s absolutely amazing news! We’ve recently moved into our own premises so we’ve been fundraising like crazy and also applying for national grant-making funds.
“This means we can stay open for longer during the week, moving from two to four days, and support more people with referrals to GPs and the council's housing department. We also plan to use our new building, which has a separate hall, to hold community events and be available to rent for private functions during evenings and weekends.
“However, this has meant our overheads have significantly increased and as fundraising has become more difficult after the pandemic, this £1,000 from Persimmon will ensure we can continue this vital service as we approach the winter months.”
Pauline Fletcher, sales director for the Wessex region, said: “Doorway Wiltshire is a fantastic community project and we’re extremely proud to be supporting them with this funding. Jo and the team provide activities that aim to build self-esteem and teach new skills which is such an important first step for people who want to get back in to work and have independence. Colder weather exacerbates the problems homeless people already face so we thought it was really important to get involved as soon as possible so the money can be put to good use.”
To apply for Community Champions, visit the website.