Shining a light on homelessness in Peterborough

A leading developer has donated £1,000 to The Garden House - a drop-in centre for people who are homeless in Peterborough.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 6:29 am
Luke Shepperson and Will Phair (B&DWC) with Steven Pettican (The Garden House)

The donation was made as part of Barratt and David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire’s Community Fund scheme which has been designed to strengthen ties with local communities. £1,000 is donated to a local charity or organisation each month which improves the quality of life for those living in the area.

Located in the Peterborough Cathedral precincts, The Garden House is part of The Light Project charity. It was established in October 2018 when the charity felt that there was a need to offer additional support for those sleeping rough. People who are homeless can visit the house and access the help, advice and support they need to help them back on their feet.

The charity works with a range of partners in Peterborough including the city council Housing officers, GPs, hairdressers, chiropodists, employment agencies, alcohol and drugs support specialists and counsellors.

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Whilst many of the partners work on a voluntary basis, the charity still needs to cover overheads.

James Hayes, Senior Project Worker at The Garden House, said: “Whilst the main aim of The Garden House is to help people get off the streets, the reasons for people sleeping rough are complex and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.

“Our aim is to help our guests to overcome the barriers stopping them from being able to lead stable and secure lives, by providing personalised support and listening to their needs.

Will Phair, Head of Sales at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Cambridgeshire, said: “The work being done by The Garden House is incredibly important and we are delighted to be able to support such a good cause. “