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    Somewhere to live, someone to love, something to do

    Social Impact Report 2019

    We believe everyone needs somewhere to live (with all basic essential needs met, not just housing), someone to love (positive relationships and understanding the needs of others) and something to do (positive engagement in a worthwhile activity). 

    Our 2019 Social Impact Report is out now, which sets out in detail the scale and impact of our community work which is wide and varied. We seek to be a countrywide organisation and currently provide at least three services in every district and borough of Kent.Social Impact Report front cover

    By linking the work we do in these projects to our three aims - somewhere to live, someone to love and something to do - we achieved some great results, including:

    • 81,245 hours of housing-related support delivered in Medway
    • 2,733 volunteer hours at our Abacus stores
    • 217 isolated people were given a free Christmas dinner
    • Young people attended our services 5,913 times
    • 6,680 people benefitted from a Linda Hogan Community Fund grant
    • 10 apprentices were recruited
    • 145 bikes were saved from landfillm refurbished and sold
    • More than 99 tonnes of waste furniture was recycled, rather than being sent to landfill.  

    We also secured £1.46 million for community services, which funded projects such as:

    Abacus Furniture Project

    Our three stores providing low cost new and recycled furniture to local residents.

    Linda Hogan Community Fund

    Supporting community organisations and local charities through £500 grants.

    Live Well Kent 

    Tailored support to help people take control of their health and well-being.

    Training for All 

    Training sessions to support the voluntary and community sector in Kent.

    Training and Employment 

    A bespoke service to any Kent resident helping them find employment, offering support with CVs, job searches and interview skills.

    PopUp Business Schools 

    Free start-up events helping people start small businesses and make money doing what they love.

    Thriving Local Communities 

    Intensive one to one support for small community organisations, allowing them to develop and support their local community.

    Community Hubs 

    Offering advice social activities, somewhere to meet and even the pathway to a career.

    8-12s Project 

    Providing a safe space for children to develop themselves as they make the important transition from childhood to young adulthood.

    House 

    Offering a safe space with a focus on health and emotional support.

    11-19s Clubs 

    An open drop-in club for young people offering low cost recreational and educational activities.

    Medway Floating Support 

    Helping vulnerable people to live independently through housing-related support.

    Kent Support and Assistance Service 

    Providing essential household items to allow people to remain in their home and work through a period of short-term crisis.

    Support Services 

    Social support and mental health support to people within their own homes.

    You can read more in our 2019 Social Impact Report

     

    24 October 2019

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    Contacting us on 31 October

    On Thursday 31 October, our main phone number, 01732 749400 will not be available until 12 noon.