Community support

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

We are a group of volunteers serving food and providing clothing, toiletries, bedding and essential household goods to people who are homeless or living in temporary or transient shelter in the Blackburn area of Lancashire.

We are also a first step in the rebuilding of trusting, supportive and non-judgemental relationships; befriending and signposting people if needed, in order to help move their life forward. Sometimes, we may be the first person that they have opened up to without feeling judged.

We hold a weekly outdoor feed on a sunday night as well as run a hub four days a week where guests can call in for a drink or snack. They can access the computer for job searches and housing applications as well as use the washing machine for a small fee of £1.

We have trainee counsellors who are available to listen if guests need to talk.
We hold monthly film nights where guests and volunteers get together and watch a film, with soft drinks and popcorn.

We also open the hub on christmas eve and day where we welcome anyone who feeling alone and give out gifts donated by local businesses.

Our christmas outdoor feed is very popular and a local peoples choir come and sing with the guests. Local businesses provide gifts and sweets for us to hand out.

We have a resident DJ who offers guests the opportunity to try out music at the hub

We also offer guests the chance to become volunteers with us if they desire.

We have lots games and books for guests to access and we spend time with guests chatting and playing darts.

The guests can use the telephone to contact mental health services and we offer space for workers from other agencies and the police to see clients at the hub.

The Free Project CIC

Location: Blackburn

The project was set up by a professional couple who had themselves faced homelessness after a job loss.
The project recieve no funding other than donations and is run soley by volunteers who give up their free time to serve those in the community who are often overlooked or judged by others.
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