Using grants and donations Sylvester’s Fund provides small grants so that people can buy essential items they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.
It supports people affected by homelessness to build their confidence and achieve their goals.
The Fund was initially set up thanks to a gift left to us by former resident Sylvester Cichowski in his will.
The people we work with are facing serious challenges in their lives. They may have survived living on the streets or have come from a traumatic home situation. They could be living with depression, anxiety and feeling like they have no worth. Most of the people we work with don’t have friends or family around and can feel isolated or forgotten.
Our goal is to help people see their potential and give practical help to make positive changes.
Sylvester’s Fund means we can buy small but significant items to make this happen.
This could be something as simple as a new fridge to help someone settle into their new home or new shoes for a job interview.
But it’s not only about helping people into housing and employment. We are here to promote self-worth, confidence and motivation. Sylvester’s Fund has paid for running shoes so someone could take part in a 10k run, a mobile phone to make sure someone could stay in contact with friends and even a book of Shakespeare plays to reignite someone’s passion for literature.