Dunelm’s ‘Home to Home’ scheme is being trialled across 18 stores in the North West, and encourages customers to bring pre-owned homewares into store to be redistributed by charities to local families and individuals in need.
Ravenhead Foyer is managed by housing provider Your Housing Group and delivers supported accommodation to young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness – so often have very few homeware possessions.
The first donation to the Foyer has gone a long way to helping the team to improve the offering to new residents and has also supported residents in the ‘move on’ scheme to make their new homes more ‘homely’.
Martin Wright, Head of Supported Housing for Your Housing Group said: “Residents often arrive with few of their own belongings and work hard to make their flat feel like home often with very little money to do so. We care that every one of our residents can thrive when they live in one of our properties, and this initiative has provided the young people in the Foyer items that will help them feel even more at home. It’s also helped some of our residents move on to their own independent tenancy outside of the Foyer. It really has made a big impact.”
Dunelm Business Development Director, Jemma Williams said: “Our Home to Home trial offers customers in the North West a meaningful way of passing on their unwanted household items. At Dunelm we believe in the joy of feeling at home and by creating more homely environments for people that may be struggling to afford essential items, we can help start them on a new path to being self-supporting and independent. It is wonderful to hear about the positive impact it has made to the young residents in the Foyer accommodation, and we are proud of Kelly and the St Helens team for leading on this.”
Foyers provide supported accommodation for young people aged between 16 and 25, and provide access to learning, training, and employment opportunities. Your Housing Group operates four Foyers across the North West, all of which have received the highest level of Foyer Federation Accreditation for the third year running. Ravenhead received the donation as part of its connection with the Foyer Federation.
The Foyer Federation works with network members across the country to support and enhance delivery at the local level. Members are united by the asset-based philosophy of Advantaged Thinking and believe that a person’s strengths – not their circumstances – should shape their future.