The project is intended to help those in crisis to keep warm during the winter months; with homelessness in the UK an increasing problem each year, the number of rough sleepers is now more than double that in 2010, which can be almost 4,000 people across the country on any one night.*
Wates’ Greater Manchester projects - Circle Square on Oxford Road and Redrock in Stockport - are each arranging deliveries of over £5000 worth of outdoor clothing, generously donated by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, to local charities and shelters.
Ellis Brigham’s Marketing Director, Mark Brigham, said “As a Manchester-based family business we aim to help local charities wherever possible and support those who need it most, particularly at this time of year. We are so pleased to be able to work with Wates on this project and we hope our contribution brings warmth and well being to as many people’s lives as possible.”
The first of the deliveries was presented by the Wates Circle Square team to the Beacon, Bloom Street: Manchester’s only city centre drop-in for rough sleepers. The Beacon is run by registered charity Barnabus and offers cooked meals, group activities, support visits and an on-site nurse for vulnerable people in the community.
Barnabus provide showers and changing room facilities where visitors are welcome to freshen up and take any clothing they may need. This means they rely heavily on donations so receiving seven boxes full of clothing and skiwear was truly beneficial to their cause.
Adam Williams, Office Manager at Barnabus, said: “Not only does the winter weather make life terribly difficult for homeless people, but they also find Christmas the saddest time of year, so any form of comfort we can provide them with is hugely appreciated. Not to mention, keeping warm is absolutely essential for their health and wellbeing.”
Wates treats regional community investment as a high priority and the Circle Square team is keen to get involved with local street outreach. Along with the team at Redrock Stockport they have also been involved in ‘The Rucksack Project’, which encourages the supply chain on Wates jobs to each put together a rucksack of winter articles (hat, gloves, flask, sleeping bag, etc.) Nearby homeless shelters can then distribute these to rough sleepers around the area.
Wates Group is committed to supporting social enterprises and has made a company pledge to invest £20m in the sector by 2020. Josh Steiner, Community Investment Advisor for Wates Construction North West, said: “At Wates we’re very focused on benefitting the communities we work in. We have a range of social value aims which include providing local jobs, investing in the local economy and spending our money with not-for-profits. Supporting these charity projects has been a great way to see an immediate community impact and we’re grateful to Ellis Brigham and all of our sub-contractors for their contributions."
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"Christmas is the saddest time of year for the homeless, so any form of comfort we can provide them with is hugely appreciated. Not to mention, keeping warm is absolutely essential for their health."
Adam Williams, Barnabus
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