IKEA supports Wolverhampton’s Vulnerable and Homeless individuals to make a new start

Wolverhampton’s Alternative Giving CIO have taken delivery of a generous donation from IKEA for Wolverhampton people who are moving from emergency accommodation to their long- term accommodation. The donation of household items will go a long way towards helping people set up their own home.

Organised by Business in the Community (BITC) and donated to Wolverhampton’s Alternative Giving Charity the 30 sets of drawers, towels, laundry baskets and cleaning items will help make a real difference for many people that need the simple household items that we can take for granted.

Over the last 3 months over 100 people in Wolverhampton who were homeless or on the brink of being homeless due to the coronavirus pandemic were housed in temporary emergency accommodation when the Government was advising people to Stay Home. With multi-agency support and as the restrictions due to the pandemic are eased, people are now being supported to move into their own accommodation, however, the need for furniture and basic provisions is still there.

With this further support helping people to make more of a home people are more likely to engage with support services.  Having a furnished home gives people more confidence by removing the social stigmas that comes with having just an empty shell.

Cherry Shine, Trustee of the Alternative Giving Charity said ‘”We are so excited and incredibly grateful to have received this donation and we will be distributing the furniture and household items with the support of City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Homes, P3 Navigator, St Georges Hub and many more . We are overwhelmed by IKEA’s donation and want to thank Business In The Community (BITC) for making the donation happen and joining the dots between the generous business community and Wolverhampton’s most vulnerable people’s needs.  If you would like to support the Alternative Giving campaign you can find details of the work we do at www.wolverhamptonchange.co.uk.”

The donation also comes as we are part way through a campaign to raise money through the One City Fund which after 2 successful previous phases has raised over £50,000. Phase three of the project aims to raise £10,000 for charities throughout the city that support the homeless one of which is the Alternative Giving Campaign.

Since the Covid-19 crisis began, organisations in the city have gone above and beyond to support those who were at risk due to rough sleeping or facing the threat of homelessness. This crowdfunding campaign will provide an important boost for the network of support for homeless individuals and families in the city, helping them to continue operating and supporting people who literally have nowhere else to go.  The One City Fund is so close to reaching its target of £10,000 to help us get to reach it find out more and donate at www.spacehive.com/noplacelikehome.

Further Information:

Alternative Giving CIO registered charity 1186415

Contact: Cherry Shine trustee of Alternative Giving CIO & Wolverhampton BID Director

www.wolverhamptonchange.co.uk

For more information about the One City Fund please visit: https://www.spacehive.com/noplacelikehome

July 2020

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