What is arguably most important to us all at Christmas? Home… a sense of belonging, comfort, safety and family. At Lurve tea we believe that many people associate a nice cup of tea with a feeling of being home. So, we decided to make our annual charity donation to a local-to-us organisation in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, that we believe is doing some fantastic work with people who find themselves homeless.
Axiom Housing Association www.axiomha.org.uk
Axiom provide a broad range of quality, affordable mixed tenure housing throughout the counties of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.
AWARDED A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION TO WORK FOR 2013.
Axiom Homeless Action (AHA) is their in-house charity registered with the Charities Commission (No. 1005310). AHA raise funds and deliver a range of practical measures aimed at assisting homeless people in re-building their lives. In addition, AHA plans to provide an advisory service and information to try and prevent homelessness, particularly amongst young single people.
Axiom Homeless Action's aim is to reduce the symptoms, causes and effects of homeless through direct action and awareness raising activities. AHA exists to benefit homeless people, whoever they may be and includes the most disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable.
We donated tea at three hostels in Peterborough:
The New Haven in Towler Street. - Axiom own and manage Peterborough's night-shelter for single homeless people -This provides temporary overnight accommodation for people who might otherwise have nowhere else to stay, which caters for up to 17 people.
The New Haven, with Pat Bannie...
The Peterborough Foyer - Foyers provide specialist accommodation for young single people in the 16 - 25 year age range. Axiom has four projects - The Foyer at Market Rasen, Paines Mill Foyer at St Neots, Wisbech Foyer and Peterborough Foyer. They all offer good quality housing, but in addition, specialist staff are at hand to help residents make the important transition towards gaining independence. The young people who live in these projects have to agree to engage in employment, training or further education.
Peterborough Foyer, with Lesley Lenton and Kelly Mee...
Fair View Court - a supported housing project in Oundle Road, Peterborough provides modern temporary accommodation for up to seventeen people and offers a secure, friendly environment, with trained staff on hand to provide support and advice to residents.
Fairview Court, with Trudy Allen (Service Manager) and Sue McGuinness (Project Worker)...
Having met with staff at these three hostels in Peterborough, we were struck with how positive, dedicated and genuinely caring they all were. This cannot be easy working in such a demanding environment and shows the calibre of the staff and how committed they are to their roles and to their residents. Often this kind of work can cause a compassion fatigue but this was not the case with the staff we met at Axiom. We wish Axiom continued success and feel privileged to have contributed to their work in a small way, with our donation of Lurve Tea this Christmas!
To find out more about the work Axiom are doing go to: www.axiomha.org.uk