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.
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.
Offering advice social activities, somewhere to meet and even the pathway to a career.
Providing a safe space for children to develop themselves as they make the important transition from childhood to young adulthood.
Offering a safe space with a focus on health and emotional support.
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.
Social support and mental health support to people within their own homes.
24 October 2019