News: Press Release - January 2019

 

 ELMBRIDGE RENTSTART AND TRANSFORM LAUNCH ‘COME IN OUT OF THE COLD WINTER HUB’ FOR THE BOROUGH’S HOMELESS, LONELY AND VULNERABLE

Supported by Elmbridge Borough Council and Walton Charity, the ‘Hub’ will open daily Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm until the end of March hosted by Transform

Homeless charity Elmbridge Rentstart opened the borough’s first ‘Winter Hub drop-in’ service at premises in the borough managed  by Transform Housing & Support on Thursday 24 January 2019. The Hub will be open until at least the end of March, initially Monday to Friday, run by trained Elmbridge Rentstart staff.

Funded by grants from Elmbridge Borough Council and Walton Charity the Hub will offer attendees refreshments, hot freshly prepared food, areas to relax, watch TV, use computers or play board games, access to shower facilities and the premises also offers the ability to do laundry.

As well as a facility giving respite for individuals from the street, Elmbridge Rentstart staff are experts in assisting attendees with looking for suitable housing, identifying entitlement to benefits and opportunities for training or employment.

The Hub will make use of recent donations of non-perishable food from local foodbanks and toiletries collected by children from the North West Surrey Synagogue Sunday School. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to select items of clothing, including winter coats, trousers and workwear which have been donated by members of the community.

Initially open from 10am until 2pm each day the Hub will need volunteers to help support specially trained members of Elmbridge Rentstart staff, so the charity has set up a specific schedule* for individuals to offer their time in two or four hour blocks.

The Hub is open to all individuals who are homeless, vulnerably housed or sofa-surfing. If any residents, businesses or community organisations are aware of anyone who may benefit from attending, please do recommend them to make contact with us by telephone: 01372 477167 or email: enquiries@elmbridgerentstart.org.uk.  All users of the Hub will be required to complete a registration form.

 

 Volunteering:

* The link to the volunteering schedule is: https://doodle.com/poll/g43hfxx279zw62ni

Volunteers will need to meet with an Elmbridge Rentstart team member before being accepted. If anyone has a valid DBS from another role please be prepared to bring this with you. No members of the community without a DBS would be left alone with any attendees.