A brighter future - bringing hope for the future and release from extreme poverty
The number of homeless people is growing year on year - to meet this demand on Derby City Mission (DCM) services, the charity have purchased a large community hub in Derby City where services can expand and innovative projects are developed to help end homelessness.
DCM want to help homeless people escape debt and stay out of debt as well as boosting their self esteem and confidence. To do this the Charity would like to develop a community café where work placement opportunities can be provided for current or ex-homeless people to gain valuable work experience, skills, knowledge and training to help them secure future employment.
The money raised from this appeal will help pay for the installation of a brand new café and refurbishment of toilets. DCM have already successfully fundraised £32,000 for the installation of a commercial kitchen.
DCM's Background and Aims
The Charity's aims are to eradicate extreme poverty and to address the root cause of homelessness and rough sleeping. DCM do this by reaching out to people in crisis through a number of projects including 3 night shelters held in Derby City, Chesterfield and Mansfield which run during December to March each year. DCM also provides a 24/7 ‘Safe Space’ for entrenched rough sleepers with a ‘safe space’ to rest and recover, including showering and laundry facilities and medical support during the day, and temporary accommodation overnight.
Additional to this debt and advice clinics, drop in recovery lunches for street drinkers and those with addictions and a clothes and food bank. The Charity also support schools in the local community and provides support to vulnerable people within Derby’s Night Time Economy with its Street Pastor programme.
Founded in 1989, the registered Christian charity has been delivering first class services to people in crisis for over 30 years to reduce social and economic disadvantage. DCM’s services are delivered by 24 full time equivalent employees and a team of around 500 volunteers.
DCM never gives up on individuals and believes that everyone has an equal right to access services, treating all people with respect, courtesy and dignity. The Charity make every effort to meet needs regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, ensuring that we can meet the diverse needs of our client group.