Published: 00:00, 24 May 2014 |
Updated: 10:08, 24 May 2014
The housing service provides support and life skills for independent living, it also provides ‘floating’ services dealing with rent arrears, benefit issues and reducing social isolation.
Funded by Kent County Council, the service works with other professionals, agencies and individuals and has strong links with voucher holders at the Foodbank.
“Our partnership is really effective as we can provide help as needed via our outlets or with emergency supplies and we refer clients to them where they have housing issues and have seen some wonderful outcomes.
“We are indebted to our community who donate the food for us to operate the Foodbank and to our partners like Sanctuary Supported Living, who are often available at our outlets, to step in and provide that support and care in complete anonymity.”
One client, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I had my benefits stopped and no money to buy food and when I told my support worker she immediately gave me a voucher for the Foodbank. I couldn’t believe how much food they gave me. It made me cry as I have never had to ask for food before. I don’t know what I would have done without this help.”
For more information about floating support, contact Helen Jenkinson, local services manager on 07436 805247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Foodbank, visit the website at www.dealarea.foodbank.org.uk.
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