21st December 2018
Staff have assisted a local homelessness charity with its Christmas donation scheme in this week.
We worked in shifts at Action Homeless’ Food Stop shop in Leicester in a bid to help the charity wrap presents, restock the shop and create gift bags for those in need over Christmas, as part of its 2018 Winter Appeal.
The volunteers were also tasked with creating seasonal food hampers for individuals and their families.
Among those who took part was Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of esbs.
“We were thrilled to be able to get some first-hand experience of assisting Action Homeless with its 2018 Winter Appeal.
“It has given all of us here at the Society a real insight into the hard work that the charity does to ensure that those who will sadly be spending Christmas in need of assistance aren’t forgotten.
“We are proud to be supporting Action Homeless and I would like to thank all participants for their dedication.”
The Society recently joined forces with Action Homeless to support the charity in its efforts to tackle the issue of homelessness on a local scale.
In 2019, esbs hopes to participate in Action Homeless’ Easter Food Drive, its Spring Volunteer Day, and a fundraiser to support summer activities of Bridge House, the charity’s women’s refuge.
James Riviere, Community Engagement Assistant at Action Homeless said, “Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many people and we would like to thank the staff from esbs for their help this week. Their hard work has ensured that people in need in the city have received vital support.”
As part of its ongoing ‘In the Community’ fund, esbs recently installed token collectors at its branches in Earl Shilton and Barwell, allowing visitors to choose between two locally-based organisations every quarter, by placing a token in the corresponding box.