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What we do
From our weekday Drop In Centre, we currently provide a wide range of services which includes:* Rough Sleeper facilities - food, sleeping bag, change / washing of personal clothing, shower facilities. * Foodbank – food parcels to those assessed as in most need. * Provision of Furniture and Household goods starter packs to those on low income - setting up home. (re-use & recycling).* Emotional support to those suffering relationship breakdown, debt issues, substance misuse, unemployment, homelessness and related issues. * Referral to appropriate partnership agencies for specialist support.* Social networking facility amongst clients - within the 'Drop In' Centre. * Acts 435 – Only current Advocate agency in Lincolnshire.* Lincs2Advice - Our service is included in Lincs2Advice. http://www.lincs2advice.org.uk/ A free, independent service to help you access a wide range of advice, information and support providers from across the County in one place.Rough Sleeping in Boston:Some rough sleepers are entrenched. We liaise closely with the Street Outreach Team and Emergency Night Shelter, Local Authority and other agencies, to provide the right level of support and accommodation. For some E.U. migrants there is the option to return to their country of origin.Foodbank Service:During December 2012 we supplied 90 Christmas food hamper packs –with the support of local business and community groups. Our foodbank service often helps those struggling on low income – particularly where there has been a sudden loss of income (e.g. job loss or benefit change).
Re-use Project:We collect, store and re-distribute furniture and household items to those in need, within approximately a 10 mile radius of Boston. This helps people who cannot afford to buy new items with setting up their home.Home starter Pack - example: A client gets referred to us by Boston Women's Aid, usually fleeing a violent situation and they are allocated social housing. A Project Worker would then arrange the supply of furniture and household goods to them, and it will be delivered for a small fee to cover delivery costs.Our Charity Shop: The shop is run by our Manager and Deputy. They are assisted by a number of dedicated volunteer staff. The shop is not only our main fundraiser - but operates in a befriending environment and is often a source of referral to the 'Drop In'. We sell good quality clothing, books, CD’s/DVD’s, bric-a-brac and furniture items at affordable prices. The shop also has a small café area known as ‘The Pantry’ for drinks and snacks – where customers can ‘browse and have a brew’. Funding: The Charity Shop provides our main source of income but with additional fundraising activity, membership and other donations plus local Government and Trust Grant support. Unsold clothing and textiles are recycled and help us raise money to help meet our running costs. In addition we are able to claim recycling credits from the County Council on textiles, furniture and books. Through one online shop link – customers can shop for goods from major retailers who pay us a small commission. People can also purchase fairly traded goods online – again we receive a percentage of any purchase value.Community Support:Centrepoint Outreach is well supported by the local community and indeed across south Lincolnshire. Apart from cash, we receive donated goods which include dried and tinned food for distribution and goods for resale or re-use. Schools and churches are particularly generous at Harvest and Christmas time. We also receive a regular supply of bread and cakes from Greggs for use in our Drop In. The work of Centrepoint Outreach is often highlighted in the media, particularly regarding issues of homelessness and E.U. migration.In 2010 Centrepoint Outreach was recognised by the local business community and received an award - as ‘Boston Best Social Enterprise 2010’.The charity continues to respond by seeking to practically show the love of Christ to people in need - in their daily lives.
Centrepoint OutreachSupporting Homeless, Lonely and Vulnerable People In Our Community
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