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Charity brews up funds to help young homeless

By Lisa Nightingale, Shields Gazette

873 days ago   Article ID# 1476193
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Depaul UK

SHIELDS, U K (Shields Gazette) - A community centre in South Tyneside has “brewed up” some funds for a charity which helps homeless people in the borough.

Ocean Road Community Centre in South Shields, held a fundraising coffee morning in aid of Depaul UK.

The charity, which runs the Jigsaw Project in South Tyneside, helps young homeless people find a place to live.

Centre manager Liz Stephenson said: “The coffee morning was about helping to raise the profile, as well as funds, for the charity.

“We had quite a few people through the doors, and we also gave the groups who use the centre a collection box to help boost the funds further.”

During the event, stands displaying information on the charity were available for visitors to browse to find out more about the support offered to young people who are homeless. A total of £98 was raised.

Those who have been helped by the charity were also present to speak to people about their experiences. Depaul UK was set up in 1989, and has become the largest charity helping young homeless people in the UK by supporting them in training employment, family mediation, and accommodation and resettlement.

The charity hold drop-in sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon until 3pm at the Ocean Road Community Centre, and on Fridays from 10am until 1pm for young people with accommodation worries.

Jigsaw Project manager Jo Burlton said: “The event was not just about raising money, but to also raise the profile of the charity and the help available to young people, who have either found themselves homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

“We offer support to those aged between 16 and 24, some who may have been kicked out of their home, but most are already in a property, but struggling to meet their rent and sinking further into debt.”

For more information on Depaul, visit www.depauluk.org

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