We had the opening of Rebecca House on Friday, It was a lovely evening - luckily the weather held out for us - and it was great to be able to celebrate the opening of our second charity house.
The aim of our second house is to provide more accommodation for care leavers and homeless young people. With a live-in house supervisor, residents can live independently but know that there is always someone there if and when required. As always our main aim is to get our residents into work, education/training or volunteering and have them move on to independent living when they ready.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend on the evening - it was great to see some of the amazing people who support the charity in many different ways - plus to everyone else who have helped and support us in any way on our journey up to this point and beyond.
We also want to say a special thank you to John Campbell from The Woodspeen for doing a delicious buffet, Peter McClintock for the photo's and to everyone else who helped out on the night.
A BIG thank you to Peter from Kennet Blinds for the lovely donation of kitchen blinds for both our charity house's, and also for fitting them too.
A massive thank you to ALFRESCO-Domestic window cleaning, who are donating a free window cleaning service to both of our charity houses every three months.
We are having a new fence and gate erected at the front of Rebecca House by Kevin Tooze. He is doing a wonderful Job.
Find his details below:
Town and Country Fencing.
Our newest volunteer Jason Lilly has been putting a false wall and shower in the bathroom at Rebecca house. He is doing a wonderful job. We are very lucky to have him on board and are very grateful to him.
To Amdocs our new supporters...
Recently a team of workers from Amdocs helped our charity to start a massive clear out of our new property, this took place in one day and what a difference they made.
We are all extremely grateful to everyone who came along on the day and worked so hard, it was heart-warming to see them in action and how much they put into helping us!
Information on our new property to follow soon...
We are busy getting our second house ready, so we can help more homeless young people.
We have a working party of around 28 people coming and going throughout today, working on various jobs in our second house. The company who are very kindly helping us are Amdocs and we have also been chosen as their charity for this year.
We really appreciate this support and with their help we can have our second house up and running very soon.
The aim of our second house is to provide accommodation for more independent living. Young people who’ve completed their time at Cornerstone and are ready for independent living, will have the opportunity to move in here. They will be living independently, without an onsite supervisor, but in the knowledge that the charity are only a phone-call away should they have a wobble or need some other form of support from us during this transition. We feel it’s another vital stepping stone between care and full independence.
We will reveal more details on the house over the forthcoming weeks and we will be asking for your support too. We'll be needing donations of furniture and furnishings to help turn it from a bare house to a functioning home, so if you have some household items please keep hold of them for us if at all possible until we have the keys to the house and can take the goods.
Please keep an eye on our News Blog, Facebook and/or Twitter so not to miss the latest updates. We'd love it if you could spread the word too, so more people can join and support us on our journey as we truly make a difference to the young people and children of Berkshire, who would otherwise be homeless.
Exciting times indeed for Young People And Children First :)
The Team @ Young People & Children First
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