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“We are delighted we can make use of  our end of ranges, samples and split case goods through Giving World Online," Anthony Wagman, Chief Executive, Quest Personal Care Global Ltd.

 

"It's great to see the range of projects we have helped through Giving World Online and how much difference it makes," Gary Bates, Managing Director, Serif (Europe) Ltd.

 

"We are pleased that by donating this furniture to Giving World Online we are helping good causes and preventing landfill," Hilary Fryer, Charnwood Borough Council Cabinet Member for the Environment.

 

“This helps both businesses and communities and is an excellent and unique concept,” Martin Traynor, Chief Executive, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.

 

“Think of Giving World Online as a sort of dot.com dating agency; a marriage bureau that matches the needy with the givey to create relationships made in recycling heaven,” Leicester Mercury.

news > 24/07/2012 - Donated clothing helps homeless people 'look and feel' part of the community

The Dawn Centre

Following on from last month's report of how Giving World Online is meeting the essential needs of people living in poverty or suffering disadvantage, Sooty, our Volunteer Co-Ordinator, followed up the survey results by meeting with a group of 25 men and women living in hostel accommodation at the Dawn Centre in Leicester.

The Dawn Centre is a project for homeless people providing temporary accommodation, support, advice and assistance on health, housing, life skills and education, all in one place.  The aim of the session was to further identify the basic needs of particular communities and to identify any further support Giving World Online (GWO) could offer to fulfil those needs. Below we have summarised the discussions:

 

  • Almost half of the group had been in hostel accommodation for less than 6 months, with the remainder using these services for periods ranging from 7 months to over 5 years.
  • A high proportion of the group felt extremely isolated and wished to belong to a community. They felt that having clothing, toiletries and their own living space helps them to 'look and feel the part' for community life and not be stereotyped.
  • The most needed items were clothing, outdoor wear, toiletries and bedding, with up to 90% saying they couldn't afford the high costs of these life essentials. Most of their income/benefits was spent on hostel rent and food.
  • Receiving free gifts made the group feel confident and valued, raising their esteem and ability to socialise.

The forum helped us at GWO to strengthen our understanding of what different beneficiaries need at a grassroots level. It also provided an opportunity to support our partner charities in different ways, for the well-being of their beneficiaries.

Sooty will be conducting more forums with other groups of beneficiaries in the coming months and we'll keep everyone updated of progress in these regular newsletters.

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