A drop-in centre for homeless people in Telford has received a welcome boost after a fundraising drive by a local law firm.
The Salvation Army’s Telford-based ‘Kip’ project has been presented with a cheque for nearly £400 from the kind-hearted team at mfg Solicitors who chose to support the charity over the past 12 months.
Through a wide range of fundraising initiatives, such as cake sales, office ‘dress down’ days and general donations, staff at the firm’s town centre offices raised £376.05 for the initiative.
Kip is a community project and aims to be the first point of contact for homeless people in the area who the local authority is not obliged to house. Donations have been vital to fund the future of the project which provides a drop-in service, food parcels, washing facilities and clothing.
Paul Rhodes, partner at mfg Solicitors in Telford, said: “We chose the Salvation Army’s fantastic Kip Project as our charity for the last 12 months and we are delighted to have been able to support such a worthwhile initiative.
“The work done by the Salvation Army through the project is invaluable for the rough-sleepers across the Telford and Wrekin area and, hopefully, the money we have raised will go some way to helping them carry on their inspiring work.”
Steve Watkins, lead worker for the Kip Project, added: “The Kip project aims to engage rough-sleepers at the earliest opportunity and give a safe space and the support needed during difficult times. Homelessness in Telford continues to be a growing problem and we are finding the main increase is the number of young people accessing our service.
“Donations help us to carry out work and also promote what we are trying to achieve. As the sun comes out, donations can dry up and I would like to thank mfg Solicitors for their support and kindness through their fundraising efforts.”
Kip also has two floating support workers and a team of volunteers who provide help to homeless people using the centre. They support individuals with claiming benefits, housing rights and emergency accommodation, as well as information for those with substance misuse problems.