March’s Partner of the Month: Civil Service Fast Streamers
In September 2014 a group of 15 Fast Streamers from different Civil Service departments across the country committed to supporting the Centre for 6 months and we were overwhelmed by their commitment and drive to do as much as possible for us.
From fundraising to volunteering the Fast Stream Homelessness Action Group have been amazing from the start. When they first visited the Centre we were immediately struck by their enthusiasm and determination to support our work in a meaningful way, not just financially but also with their time.
Our CEO Cathy Corcoran says:
“It is wonderful to see young people at the beginning of their careers in public service who are enthusiastic and committed to supporting a local charity like the Cardinal Hume Centre. This feels particularly poignant as we support homeless young people of a similar age to improve their lives for the better.”
The team have volunteered for over 70 hours in total, supporting everything from our Christmas preparation, the after school club, to one to one language support for our clients. This volunteering support is vital in helping us reach the people that need us most.
Jenny Shaw, who led on many of the projects said:
“My team decided to support the Centre because of the way it very practically helps some of the most vulnerable people living in London. It is a very unique place, where clients are treated as individuals with specific needs, ambitions and aspirations. What I really enjoyed was the way we were able to get directly involved with activities such as the Homework Club, English language classes and Christmas decorating – the hands-on attitude of the Centre staff made volunteering really interesting and rewarding.”
Their fundraising efforts have been fantastic – the team arranged an unprecedented 10 fundraising events in just 6 months. These have including a sponsored sleep out (in very cold and wet conditions), numerous bake sales, a collection at Victoria Station and a sponsored climb.
The latest event, held at the end of February and generously hosted by a city law firm was a quiz with over 100 people taking part. It was a great evening enjoyed by all, which raised over £2,800 for the Centre.
Over the last 6 months Fast Stream Homelessness Action have raised over £8,000 to help fund the Centre’s work and it is support like theirs that allows the Centre to help the people that need it most.
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