BHWI raise £900 for young homeless people

Published on: 01 Apr 2015

Diane Flower, WI member, Sam Burch, WI president, Gill Philip, Winston Williams, Christine Howard and Derrick Marsden, all from SGYH, and Sharon Herniman, WI treasurer.

THERE were smiles all around when ladies from Bromley Heath WI handed over a cheque to help young homeless people.

An impressive £900 was given to representatives from South Gloucestershire Youth Housing (SGYH), a Kingswood-based charity which offers accommodation and support for youngsters who have difficulty finding work and affordable housing.

Diane Flower, from the WI, helped present the cheque during the WI’s March meeting at Bromley Heath Junior School.

“When South Glos Youth Housing was nominated by one of our members, I think most of us had never heard of the charity,” she said at the meeting.

“That may have been why so many of us voted for SGYH as our charity for the year as we wanted to supported a small, local and overlooked charity. 

“Over the past year it has been a pleasure to raise funds for the charity through a number of events and activities including selling plants, raffles, cakes sales, a Christmas choir performance and Christmas market stall. We are also planning to help the charity in more practical ways, such as helping with painting and decorating and anything else we may be able to help with!”

Christine Howard, a volunteer fundraiser for SGYH, told the packed meeting: “I’m so proud of you. “Talk about women power - we’ve seen it here tonight!

“We take young people in and give them help and support. We make sure they get the opportunity to do anything they want to do. We listen to what they say and that’s what it’s all about.”

Winston Williams, deputy manager for the charity, told the ladies: “On behalf of all the young people, I would like to say thank you.

“People like yourself do care and it does make a difference to the young people.”

SGYH runs supported housing in Kingswood for over 18s and in Yate for the over 16s. Support staff are trained to give young people help in living skills, budgeting and cooking. They also find courses and training for them so they can find work.

Past donations to the charity have been spent on computer equipment, bikes so the young people can travel to job interviews and trips.

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