Local housebuilder donates £1,000 to homeless charity in Northampton

The money will fund the Northampton Hope Centre's 'Hand-Up' service for four days

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 1:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 1:00 pm

A Northamptonshire housebuilder has donated £1,000 to homeless charity, Northampton Hope Centre that will fund a vital service that supports up to 35 homeless people each day.

Mulberry Homes made the generous donation to fund the Hope Centre's 'Hand-Up' service for four days, helping to support those in poverty during the pandemic.

Corporate engagement manager at Hope, Noo Jarvill, said: “The Hope Centre is very grateful indeed to Mulberry Homes – without the generosity of local companies like Mulberry, we would be unable to give support to the homeless and disadvantaged in Northampton.

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The 'Hand-Up' service supports up to 35 homeless people a day with food parcels (left) and a Learning 4 Living service (top right) - all funded by Mulberry Homes' Meadow View Fields development in Moulton (bottom right).

“This fantastic donation will help us continue our work in supporting those who access our Hand-Up service - where we offer everything from hot food and showers, to healthcare advice and services, mental health and addiction support, advocacy for housing assessments and much more."

The Hand-Up service supports up to 35 homeless people each day, offering 140 hot meals, showers, welfare packs, food parcels and more. The service also provides addiction and budgeting workshops, tenancy sustainment and access to its Learning 4 Living services, which teaches life skills and helps people reintegrate back into society and hopefully leads to work experience, a job or even a place to live.

Mr Jarvill continued: "Our Hand-Up service is vital for getting people on a pathway which enables them to reintegrate back into society. From here, we are then able to offer more support via our Learning 4 Living service, which offers mental health interventions, workshops in employability skills and tenancy sustainment, and training to get back into work. Our social enterprises play a massive role at this stage as they enable us to also offer work experience in several different areas; outdoors at our gardening project, in the warehouse at our Foodclub project or in retail at our charity shop.

“Our aim is simple, to give a hand up to those who need it and support those in poverty in Northampton, and we couldn’t do that without the generosity of the local business community. Our huge thanks to Mulberry Homes for seeing a need and leading the way in helping.”

The service is additionally available to those residing in insecure housing, sofa surfing or sleeping on a friend's floor.

The Hope Centre has been serving the Northampton community for 46 years and focuses on tackling poverty, homelessness and unemployment - especially following the impact of Coronavirus. They offer a variety of services to those suffering with homelessness, isolation, addictions, mental health and more, to enable them to take back control of their own lives.

Sales Director at Mulberry Homes, Kerry Jones, said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to offer such a significant donation to Hope, especially during this difficult time. Poverty and homelessness are huge problems throughout many local communities and the current pandemic has made the lives of these vulnerable people even more challenging.

“We’re very proud to be supporting Hope and the vital work they do, and we’re thrilled that our donation will fund the Hand-Up service for four days. It’s a fantastic and invaluable scheme, helping individuals get their lives back on track and providing necessities for those who need it most.”

The donation comes as part of the housebuilder’s 10-year anniversary campaign, in which it has committed to donating a total of £10,000 to charities and organisations local to its developments throughout 2021.

Visit the Northampton Hope Centre website for more information about their work.