Help The Glebe Centre this Christams

by Linda Mason aka Mad Old Baggage in Walsall, England, United Kingdom

Help The Glebe Centre this Christams
We did it
On 8th December 2017 we successfully raised £420 with 35 supporters in 35 days

To give the people who use The Glebe Centre a decent breakfast, lunch, some nice treats for a whole week over the Christmas period

by Linda Mason aka Mad Old Baggage in Walsall, England, United Kingdom

The Glebe Centre is a multi-functional hub from where a variety of services are delivered that serve vulnerable adults in Walsall. At the Glebe Centre service users present with an array of problems such as:

• Homelessness
• Mental Health
• Drugs
• Alcohol
• Unemployment

The centre relies upon donations to fund many of the services offered such as showers, laundry, clothing, breakfast, lunch. 

I am not connected with The Glebe Centre other than I try to make regular donations.  The Glebe Centre are however, aware that this effort is being made on their behalf and here is a message from Jane Hayward who is the centre manager, explaining more:

"The Glebe is an open access day centre for adults who are experiencing one, or more, issues of homelessness, drug/alcohol use, mental health or commercial sex work that makes them vulnerable. We are open Mon-Fri between 9-2pm and provide a variety of services for individuals in order to support their needs.  We provide a free breakfast every morning, free hot drinks all day and access to free shower facilities, including toiletries. The Centre runs with a very small team of paid staff and relies heavily on the support of members of the community to help run the Centre whether that is through volunteering or through donations.

Money donated over the Christmas period will help to support us to provide hot lunches for free. Over the last couple of months we have delivered what we call ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ whereby service users can get a 2 course lunch for free across 12 days over the Christmas period.

We really couldn’t do what we do without the help of our local community and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who supports our provision."

Funds will also be shared with Walsall Night Shelter. Walsall Night Shelter is based at Darwall Street, near the Civic Centre and opened its doors on Monday 15th October 2018. The service is delivered by YMCA Black Country Group in conjunction with Walsall Council. The Shelter will be open every night until Sunday 31st March 2019 and is open from 8pm to 8am the following morning. Rough sleepers can access Shelter provision up until 11pm and have to undertake a registration form process. Individuals wishing to access Night Shelter must be 18+ years, must be rough sleepers and have been resident in Walsall (or have a clear link with the borough). The Shelter is run by paid staff with the ongoing, invaluable, support of a team of volunteers. 

Will you join me in attmepting to spread a little Christmas cheer  in Walsall to those who really do need it?

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