October News From The Benjamin Foundation
Do You Have a Heart and a Home?
Operating throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, The Benjamin Foundation has been bringing hope, opportunity, stability and independence to children, young people and families for almost 25 years.
We currently help around 2,000 people each year through some of life’s big challenges including homelessness, bullying and abuse and childcare issues.
Just one of the many services we provide is Heart and Home.
Heart and Home offers a place to live for vulnerable young people in the home of a host family. These young people are in desperate need of stability, security and somewhere to call home. With a Heart and Home host they are able to start learning important life skills so that they can eventually stand on their own two feet.
We have a network of hosts in Norfolk and Suffolk who not only offer a bedroom, but provide support, tolerance and understanding to a young person. Many young people who have been, or are at risk of being homeless, flourish in a real home environment with a host family, rather than in a hostel or bedsit.
With our support, Heart and Home hosts play a crucial part in the next step for many young people over the age of 16. Referrals come via Children’s Services and care is taken to find the correct match for each young person. A Placement Coordinator and Support Worker provide regular advice, guidance and support to both the host and the young person. The host, in addition to receiving support payments from The Benjamin Foundation while a young person is staying with them, will also receive a full induction and comprehensive training in safeguarding.
Sleep Out 2017
Could you challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and spend one night sleeping outside?
Momentum is building for this year’s Sleep Out events in Ipswich on Friday 3rd November and Norwich on Friday 17th November. We are looking for more individuals and businesses to register for the challenge to raise money and awareness of the issue of youth homelessness.
Christmas Gift Appeal
Every year we appeal for presents and gifts for the young people and families we support in Norfolk and Suffolk. However, as we look after more people each year, we require more and more presents. Could you spread a little joy by donating a Christmas gift this year?
There are a range of young people and families who you can donate gifts to. You are able to choose to send a gift to a specific service that is local to you or one that you are passionate about. Choosing who would like to donate to in advance ensures that we can make sure everyone gets a present this year!
If you would like to take part in this appeal then please look online at: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk/christmas-gift-appeal-2017.