Centrepoint: Inspiring Spaces
Centrepoint is a leading UK youth homelessness charity, which houses and supports homeless young people aged 16-25. The Story of Christmas is financing a project called ‘Inspiring Spaces.’ This involves the creation of ‘learning facilities & technology rooms’ at twelve different youth homeless centres across London. This will help homeless young people reconnect with education, training and work, providing the platform to leave homelessness far behind.
The Children’s Trust: A New Lift
The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, providing expert therapy and rehabilitation for children following a serious accident or illness. The Story of Christmas is funding a brand new lift to enable safe wheelchair access for all of the children to able to join in the activities in the main house. The new lift will ensure that over 200 children and their family members can gain access to the building every year.
Depaul: Westbourne House
The Story of Christmas is funding a major renovation at Westbourne House, one of Depaul’s flagship hostels located in Westminster. Since 2006, the hostel has supported over 215 young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (aged 16-25) at its 12-bedroomed supported housing service. Depaul works side by side with each young resident with the objective to build their resilience and develop the skills they need to enable their transition to independence.
Haven House Children’s Hospice: Interactive Discovery Room
The Story of Christmas is creating a new ‘Interactive Discovery Room’ at Haven House Children’s Hospice, enabling all children at the hospice to benefit from state-of-the-art multi-sensory experiences, including Music Therapy, Physiotherapy and Yoga Therapy. These experiences have been shown to awaken memories – and improve the children’s concentration, alertness, movement, co-ordination, creativity and general awareness of the surrounding world – and support the relief of pain.
St Mungo’s: No Second Night Out
The Story of Christmas is supporting the renovation of a No Second Night Out (NSNO) hub in North London. This will providing a rapid response for people who are sleeping rough, giving people the space to catch their breath after the trauma of becoming homeless, and the opportunity to consider their next steps in a safe and secure environment.
The Tim Henman Foundation: Raynes Park High School
Raynes Park High School is a particularly challenged school with an annual budget of just £22k to spend on capital projects. There are over 1,000 pupils, over 35% of whom are on pupil premium. The science facilities are in desperate need of refurbishment, to which The Story of Christmas is contributing.
West London Mission: Transforming Seymour Place
Seymour Place is a walk in centre for rough sleepers in Marylebone – providing breakfasts, showers, healthcare, housing and employment advice and support. Heavily used, the building is badly in need of a complete refurbishment, which The Story of Christmas is funding to ensure it can continue to provide these vital services.
XLP: A New Bus
XLP works to create positive futures for disadvantaged young people living in inner London. Its XL-R8 Community Bus project provides a mobile youth centre travelling to the estates where young people live (where there are often little or no youth work facilities), and providing bases where experienced youth workers and volunteers encourage the young people to develop positive behaviours and life skills, set realistic goals, and work hard to achieve them. Now that the project has branched into four separate zones, a fourth bus is needed, which The Story of Christmas is funding the purchase and conversion of to extend the reach of the project to more disadvantaged young people.