Community Champions support for local causes

Two more worthy local causes have been given a cash boost from Persimmon Homes Lancashire, demonstrating the diversity of organisations being supported by the housebuilder’s funding scheme.

A social enterprise tackling homelessness in West Cumbria and a support group for people affected by neurological conditions in the Lancaster area are the latest ‘Community Champions’ groups to receive donations of £1,000 each.

The initiative aims to support local groups and charities with a pot of £24,000 of match-funding available.

The Time to Change (West Cumbria) is a unique project which offers 24 hour emergency accommodation to homeless people, with a priority on ex-service personnel. It is a community interest company (CIC), designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for public good.

Founder and company director Rachel Holliday said:

“We aim to take a broad approach to working with those who find themselves homeless – not only providing a roof over their heads, but also encouraging them to develop life skills through volunteering and contributing to the management of the hostel.”

“Persimmon’s generous donation will help us provide not only a ‘bed for the night’ but also the essential life skills needed to enter employment and become a contributing member of our local community.”

The Neuro Drop-in Centre was established to support those people affected by conditions such as MS, stroke, Parkinsons and ME as well as their family, friends and carers.

Sharon Jackson, Founder Director (voluntary) of the Centre said:

“Neuro illness affects people of all ages and gender and diagnosis can be devastating.”

“Our job is to offer support as well as practical help in the form of classes and we are delighted and very grateful to Persimmon Homes for their help in funding our Neuro Physio classes which is no longer available via the NHS.”

Mark Cook, managing director for Persimmon Homes Lancashire, added:

“Community Champions aims to help groups and charities that make a real difference to the lives of local people.”

“We understand the importance of having a safe place to live and providing a roof over someone’s head so we are proud to be able to help the Time to Change (West Cumbria) Project.”

“Equally, neurological conditions impact on a growing number of people in our region, and we are delighted to be able to offer much needed funds to this small but dedicated charity.”