Homelessness Leicestershire Feb 2014

Opportunity to Help Make a Difference In People’s Lives

Francesca Roberts and Amy Hart were delighted to attend the official opening of Leicester’s Open Hands Trust and see for themselves the difference the support from CRASH and our Patrons has made to the day centre.

The need

Based in Leicester just a short walk away from the city centre, The Open Hands Trust exists to make a powerful and lasting difference in the lives of those it serves, where every life is valued and compassion is given to and through people.

In May 2009, the Trust opened a Compassion Centre in a converted garage, which has seen over 26,000 interactions with people to sessions, meals and courses. In March 2012 all of the charity’s work was brought to one site, by extending into adjoining garage units however these were not ideal for the services they provide.

The solution

The Open Hands Trust reached out to CRASH for support in making the unit fit for purpose.

How patrons helped

Thanks to professional expertise from CRASH Patrons EC Harris LLP and materials donated by Knauf Drywall and Knauf Insulation along with discounted carpet from Heckmondwicke and a £25,000 grant from CRASH, The Open Hands Trust was able to renovate part of the garages to provide new fit for use space.

The social impact

Alongside regular sessions which offer clothes, furniture and food, the Trust is now able to offer advice and support through the new renovated Support Centre.

“We have a great deal of gratitude towards both CRASH and the companies that provided expertise and materials. Through sessions and meals at our compassion Centre we have helped 5,367 individuals since 2009 and provided 6,371 food hampers. We have met the basic need of thousands of people, but our aim is to also help them gain employability skills as well as receive advice and support. The new Open Hands Support Centre enables the Trust to provide a quality space for people to receive the advice and support they often need and hopefully equipping them further to move forward in some very difficult situations in life. Many thanks for the opportunity to help make a difference in people’s lives.”

Sue Smout

Senior Manager at Open Hands Trust

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