The community centred charity, Preston Here For Humanity CIC which was born in last years lockdown, say they are ‘extremely pleased’ to have received a £10,000 grant in National Lottery funding as they put it towards the next years rent in their new city centre hub.Advertisement
The money will remove a massive amount pressure off the volunteer directors at the community hub, who’s founder, Chris says ‘took on a massive 3 year lease for the new community building at over £20,000 without the funding’. Therefore the lottery money given to Chris and his team of volunteers will be a huge help paying for the next 12 months of rent.
Chris has really reaped the benefits in having the city based hub, as the reaction for the new site has been great. The premises is based on the border between Plungington and Ashton and is the home to the HFH (Here For Humanity) Food Club.
For just £5.00 a week per client, the club helps around 85-100 families each week in their most difficult times. By working alongside Fareshare, H4H redirect food that was once destined for landfill, to families in desperate need.
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The £5.00 bag includes a range of tins and packets, a bag of chilled products including meat and dairy and also a bag of fruit and vegetables. By sharing the food around the members, it prevents food waste being unnecessarily dumped in land fills.
Blog Preston asked Chris what drives him to help people, the founder of H4H said: “It’s hard not to do the things I do when I know I can. HFH has achieved so many amazing things and the network it has developed around the city links in everywhere from local independent businesses, to community influencers, Charities, Schools, NHS, Cllrs, LCC even straight to our own council. Its hard not to do amazing things when they appear so achievable.”
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He relayed his gratitude to his army of volunteers who help him at the charity, saying the hard work and results in the community are a achieved because of their ‘100% efforts’. Chris said: “They do the work and take instructions beautifully. You are only as strong as your team.”
Now he has secured the funding and his future for the next year at the Preston base, Here for Humanity continue to have big plans for the community. The charity have just announced the The Carson Adams Community Suite, a boardroom designed to deliver much needed wellbeing workshops to the community in collaboration with NHS Minds Matter.
Alongside this the community hub are building a storage of clothes and household necessities, as a prepared response just in case of any disasters happen. Chris says by preparing for the worst case scenarios like fires or floods, rather than waiting for a community response they are gathering resources so their resources can be urgently distributed in that circumstance.
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Here for Humanity have an active Facebook page where they raise awareness of what they are up to, however Chris has said if anyone can help out with volunteering in the community they are short staffed on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Chris also emphasised that his team could do with a hand at the new hub with painting, decorating and putting new carpets down. You can contact him through this email address.
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