Thanks to funding from Greenfields Resident Group (GRG) North, a homeless shelter in Braintree was able to install CCTV and an alarm system to help to keep residents safe. Here, volunteer Greenfields resident Vivien Alexander tells us how the shelter helps to improve lives:
“Someone I am close to has experienced homelessness and they have been helped a lot by a shelter similar to Hope House. As a result, their mental health has improved and they’re no longer abusing drugs. They’re also considering volunteering.
That has inspired me to volunteer with Hope House for the last four years. Hope House rehabilitates people by getting them off the streets and supporting them with benefit payments, referring them to support services for alcohol, drugs, and mental health, and managing money. They support them with anything they need.
My volunteering role involves going along to a twice-monthly event where they serve a meal at a local church to residents past and present. This means they can support each other through their own experiences. I socialise with them and help them to feel listened to.
I put forward Hope House to receiving funding from the GRG North. I knew they were setting up a second house to support even more people, so I spoke to Tony, who volunteers with them, to see what they needed. He said that funding for an alarm system and CCTV would be brilliant. I am really happy that the money has gone to such a worthwhile cause.
As well as volunteering for Hope House and Greenfields, I also serve hot drinks at the Day Centre for Essex Dementia Care. I get a lot of satisfaction from volunteering and would recommend it to anyone.”
Greenfields’ three resident groups are provided with £60,000 collectively towards improving communities each year. Recent grants include funding dementia-friendly cinema sessions, supplying 100 bee bombs to increase the local bee population and holding a “Chip and Chat” event.
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