The Bond of Friendship Lodge, which meets in Littlehampton, with the assistance of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex, has kindly given to Turning Tides this month, a fantastic donation totalling £2100!
Last year 2,028 men and women were supported by Turning Tides services – homelessness is a growing problem. Turning Tides believes that everyone should have a place to call home and they know that anyone’s life can unravel into homelessness.
Sussex Freemasons are active supporters of local charitable causes within Sussex and they were keen to support Turning Tides with their work in tackling homelessness in Littlehampton, Worthing, Horsham and surrounding areas.
Steve Crouch, who was the Master of the Bond of Friendship Lodge until April this year comments: “Charitable giving is a very important aspect of Freemasonry. We are particularly pleased that we were able to work with staff at the Littlehampton Hub to identify some key items of equipment such as laptops, tablets, a hoover and a freezer which will help improve the service for their clients”.
Turning Tides three Community Hubs provide a lifeline for local people who are either homeless or at risk of being homeless.
“Our Hubs provide a range of practical and emotional support to meet different needs including advice with housing and sustaining tenancies, practical help and advice with benefits, and help seeking volunteering and employment”. comments Richard Erdelyi, Littlehampton Hub Manager.
He adds: “We also have a multidisciplinary team which allows us to support and advocate for clients with substance misuse and mental health difficulties, and work closely with many external agencies to ensure that clients get the support they need with anything we don’t specialise in. Based at the United Reform Church in the town centre of Littlehampton, we offer a safe, secure environment to get a hot breakfast, and receive practical and emotional support. We are so grateful to The Bond of Friendship for their invaluable support”.
Turning Tides bring together compassionate individuals and organisations to transform the lives of people in our local community and to change perceptions of homelessness. Without this kind of support Turning Tides could not continue their work helping to build the lives of the homeless and insecurely housed people in our community.
As a charity they heavily rely on donations and with recent housing related support cuts, there is an ever growing need for financial support from the wider community.
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