Christmas Kindness

From Matlock to Malvern; Louth to Leicestershire, community groups, foodbanks and local charities across the country are set to benefit from some Christmas kindness, courtesy of Platform. 

As part of our commitment to creating strong and successful communities, we have dished out over £28,000 to 28 groups right across the country. The cash will be used by local charities  to help make sure vulnerable families who may otherwise have gone without, have what they need to make the best of the festive season.

Marion Duffy, our Chief Operations Officer said: “ We know that for many of our customers and the communities that they live in, Christmas is a struggle. We recognise that and also the fact that our customers have many needs that go beyond the homes we provide. Through our programme of festive donations to local charities and community groups, we are hoping to make a real and tangible difference to festive lives.

“We want as many families as possible to benefit and to have something to make their Christmas a truly memorable one.”

 

The programme of donations have been made from our £1.4 million Wellbeing Fund which offers individual Platform customers fast and flexible support with cash to help cover the cost of food, essential items such as school uniforms, energy and utility costs as well as helping to bridge the gap between a benefit application and first payment.  The Fund was established in April 2021 and has to date distributed over £1 million. Read more about it here.

Find out which groups in your area benefitted from Christmas Kindness donations below:

Worcester

Three local community groups in Worcester are each set to benefit from festive  donations, courtesy of Platform Housing Group’s Christmas Kindness campaign.

Dot Burnett from St Pauls Church who are receiving £2,373 added:  "We will be using the kind donation to host a Christmas banquet that brings all groups and neighbours of our City Centre church together. We will be celebrating community cohesion and helping make some of our more vulnerable local residents feel cared for and appreciated."

Speaking of the donation Suzanne Beston from Perrywood Primary School who are receiving £320 said: “A very big thank you to Platform Housing Group for their seasonal donation. The money will be used to help fund food hampers for local families who are very much in need.”

Oasis Community Hub in Warndon received £1,200 and will be using their donation to help fund food hampers and also toys , for families who otherwise would be unable to afford presents. 

Dot Burnett from St Pauls Church.

(Above, from left to right) Marion Duffy, Platform’s Chief Operations Officer and Platform customer and member of the Customer Experience Panel Marilyn Williams presenting the cheque to Dot Burnett from St Pauls Church.

Malvern

Action for Children in Malvern is set to benefit from a donation of £1,500, courtesy of Platform Housing Group’s Christmas Kindness campaign. 

Speaking of the donation Ness Cole, Starting Well Community & Parenting Manager said: “As part of the Starting Well Partnership, Action for Children would like to thank Platform Housing Group for their generosity.  This has been another difficult year for families we work with and the donations will make a real difference in making this holiday season a special one for them. The grotto was magical and both parents and children were delighted to visit our Wonderland at Malvern Cube. This is an expensive time of year for families and having these gifts and experiences make such a positive difference.” 

Action for Children

(Above, from left to right) Chris Reed, Platform’s Community Team Leader  with Jane Marshall, from Action for Children and Jo Rhoden-Doyle, Customer and Community Engagement Assistant. 

Leicestershire

Community groups and local charities across Leicestershire  are set to benefit from some festive cheer, courtesy of donations from Platform Housing Group’ Christmas Kindness campaign.

One of the beneficiaries of the campaign is Toys on The Table. They will be using their donation of £2,500 to help supply new toys and gifts to children who otherwise wouldn’t have any presents to open on Christmas Day.  

Speaking of their donation Mac Clarke, Chairman at Toys on the Table said: “A very big thank you to Platform Housing Group for their seasonal donation. The money will be put to good use supporting families across the area who find themselves in need. ”   

Jubilee Food Bank in Market Harborough are also benefiting from the Kindness Campaign with a £1,000 donation.

Liz Mills MBE, Jubilee Foodbank Chairperson said “Thank you so much to Platform for their support of people in need of food in and around Market Harborough. The donation will help support families and individuals who are finding it difficult to survive increasing costs and low incomes. Financial donations go towards the costs of fresh food vouchers, additional food, and the costs associated with storing and sorting food. Support such as this helps practically, but it also shows an appreciation of the time our volunteers give and the whole Jubilee Foodbank team really appreciate it.”

Other groups in Leicestershire that are set to get donations are: 
•    Coalville Food Bank, Leicestershire 
•    Leicester South Food Bank, Leicestershire 

Toys on the table

(Above, from left to right) Platform customer and Scrutiny Panel member, John Piggott presenting the donation to Toys on the Table volunteer. You can find out more about Toys on the Table at https://www.toysonthetable.org.uk/

Lincolnshire

Community groups and local charities across Lincolnshire are set to benefit from some festive cheer, courtesy of donations from Platform Housing Group’ Christmas Kindness campaign.  

One of the 2021 Lincolnshire beneficiaries to the tune of £1,000 is the Trinity Centre in Louth who provide food for those who have none. Jill Trafford, Administrator at the Centre said: “Thank you so much to Platform Housing Group who have been so incredibly generous. Without donations and continued support like this we would not be able to deliver the Community Food Larder. This year we are  including pet food and hygiene packs to try and make sure we help as many as we can this Christmas." 

Other groups in Lincolnshire set to benefit from the Christmas Kindness campaign are: 
•    Lincoln Food Bank
•    EDAN Lincs, Lincolnshire
•    The Store House, Skegness
•    Salvation Army, Boston 
•    Children’s Links, Lincolnshire
•    LightHouse Project, Spalding
•    Salvation Army, Gainsborough
•    Boston Women's Aid
•    Horncastle Support Team, Lincolnshire

Jill Trafford, Trinity Centre Administrator

(Above, from left to right)  Jill Trafford, Trinity Centre Administrator being presented with the £1,000 donation by Platform Customer Experience Panel Member Shaolan Menzies.

Giant cheque presentation

(Above from left to right:) Karen Sheriff, Platform customer on the Customer Experience Panel, Lisa Fairlie, Director of Operations at Platform,  Karen Parsen, CEO from Children's Links and Amanda Ward, Platform customer on the Customer Experience Panel

Cheque presentation

Amanda Ward, Platform customer on the Customer Experience Panel, Lisa Fairlie, Director of Operations at Platform, Isabelle Forester from Horncastle Support Team and Karen Sheriff, Platform customer on the Customer Experience Panel

Boston Salvation Army

Amanda Ward (right), Platform customer on the Customer Experience Panel presents the cheque to Boston Salvation Army

Birmingham

Community groups and local charities across the Birmingham area are set to benefit from some festive cheer, courtesy of donations from Platform Housing Group’ Christmas Kindness campaign. 

One of the beneficiaries of the campaign is Renewal Christian Centre  in Solihull. They will be using their donation of £2,000 to help support their Toy Offering which gives gifts to children who otherwise wouldn’t have any presents to open on Christmas Day. 

Speaking of their donation Naomi Ridgeon, Community Project Lead at the Renewal Christian Centre in Solihull said: “A very big thank you to Platform Housing Group for their seasonal donation. The money will be put to good use supporting families and communities across the area who find themselves in need.”   

Other groups in the area set to benefit from the Christmas Kindness campaign are: 
•    Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid
•    Birmingham City Mission
•    Brades Lodge - Specialist school, Sandwell
•    Brandwood Centre, Birmingham

Xmas Kindness for Birmingham residents

(Above, from left to right)  Gem Murphy, Platform’s Head of Customer & Community Engagement presenting a cheque for £2,000 to Naomi Ridgeon, Community Project Lead at the Renewal Christian Centre. You can find out more about the work of Renewal Christian Centre here https://renewalcc.com/helpinghands/

Wes Erpen, CEO at Birmingham City Mission said: “We have been operating our ‘ToyLink’ Project for over thirty years in one form or another. This year we have received almost 1500 families referred to us representing close on 4000 children, and we would not be able to deliver the project without the support of many companies, churches and individuals from across the city. The whole project costs within the region of £25,000 so your gift will be an enormous help. A big thank you to everyone at Platform."

Birmingham Mission

(Above, from left to right) Wes Erpen,  CEO at Birmingham City Mission and Finance Administrator Dan Howlett.

 

People presenting cheque

Nottingham

Rushcliffe Children’s Centres is set to benefit from a donation of £1,200, courtesy of Platform Housing Group’s Christmas Kindness campaign.

Speaking of the donation Anders Carrington, Community Development Worker at Rushcliffe Children’s Centres said: “A very big thank you to Platform Housing Group for their seasonal donation. We are busier than we have ever been before and support like this is a great boost to our work to help make sure no one goes without this Christmas.”

The Rushcliffe team will be using the donation to support 45 families and 82 children in the area with food hampers and toy deliveries. 

Rushcliffe Children’s Centre

(Above, from left to right) Amber Woodfull, Customer and Community Engagement Manager at Platform and Tracey Silk, Customer Engagement Officer at Platform presenting the donation to volunteer hamper and toy packers from the Rushcliffe Children’s Centre.  

Droitwich

The Starting Well Partnership, based at WANDs Family Hub in Droitwich is set to benefit from a donation of £1,500, courtesy of Platform Housing Group’s Christmas Kindness campaign.

As part of the Starting Well Partnership, Action for Children is working with the Salvation Army to supply food and toy hampers to local families and to host two festive grottos for local children. 

Speaking of the donation Action for Children’s Trudie Chaouki, part of the Starting Well Partnership said:  “A very big thank you to Platform Housing Group for their seasonal donation. We are busier than we have ever been before and support like this is a great boost to our work to help make sure as many people as possible can enjoy the festivities.” 

sure start children centre

(Above, from left to right) Tracy Duncan – Parenting Lead, Vanessa Bach – Parent Support Worker, Mel D’Cruze - Business Support Officer, Andrea Quinn – Parent Support Worker and Trudie Chaouki – Parent Support Worker

Herefordshire

Ledbury Food Bank is set to benefit from a donation of £1,000, courtesy of Platform Housing Group’s Christmas Kindness campaign.  

Speaking of the donation Kelly Welsh, Coordinator at Ledbury Food Bank said: “A very big thank you to Platform Housing Group for their seasonal donation. We are busier than we have ever been before and support like this is a great boost to our work to help make sure no one goes hungry this Christmas.”

The  team at the Food Bank have seen such an increase in demand recently that they have had to move to new premises on Homend Trading Estate, next to the train station. They are open every Wednesday and Friday from 10am to midday and we can be contacted on 07581 283092 or food@ledburyfoodbank.org
Ledbury Food Bank team

(Above, from left to right) Donna Tarbox, Ledbury Food Bank,  Chris Reed, Platform’s Community Team Leader and Mark Lister from the Ledbury Food Bank team.