Hammersmith & Fulham Council has delivered almost 100 bags of winter essentials to young residents in need this Christmas.
The bags were made possible through the work of H&F-funded local charities Let Me Play and The Felix Project. They were designed for a variety of ages and have been donated to children in H&F care, young care leavers and young people at risk of homelessness.
“Christmas is a time when nobody – especially children and young people – should have to face food and economic pressures” says Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.
“These bags not only provide essential items to support people through another Covid winter, they also provide a little festive fun. We’re a compassionate council and want to support families through the pressures of winter.”
Each gift bag of essentials includes recipe cards to make two meals, equalling eight portions of food, cupboard supplies and Christmas treats including mince pies and biscuits.
An educational activity pack is also included with equipment and instructions for a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based arts and crafts project. These were dependent on age, with the older young people receiving a STEM pack from Imperial College.
Delivered across the borough
The bags are being distributed across the borough to young residents who utilise H&F supported, local charity, Centrepoint’s services. The Hammersmith-based organisation provides semi-independent living accommodation to H&F’s young residents in need.
Throughout the borough Centrepoint has 97 units that deliver 13 services from high, medium, to low support for different groups of young people, depending on their needs.
This support includes assistance with bills and budgeting, cooking and meal planning. It also includes health and wellbeing care, and support with further education and employment opportunities. Centrepoint aims to set residents up for independent living and the skills to hold their own tenancy.
Christmas for Centrepoint residents
The bags of essentials aren’t the only surprise for Centrepoint’s residents this Christmas. The Weltje Road unit’s staff are cooking up a festive feast to serve on Christmas Day to their residents and any other service users who want to join.
The meal is a fun change to the traditional Christmas dinner, with the young residents being offered rice and peas, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, mixed vegetables, plantain, turkey, salmon and, of course, gravy.
Desert will also be served - chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream - and all attendees will be treated to unlimited refills of guava, pineapple, and mango juice.
Fighting to end H&F homelessness
Centrepoint is working to end youth homelessness. If you, or a young resident you know, are facing housing uncertainty, or are already homeless, visit our homelessness page.
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