At the recent Your Voice forum it was decided that Eden Gate would be the third local community project we would support this year.
Eden Gate is a local charity which exists to help those who are experiencing hardship as a result of addiction and homelessness.
Eden Gate works hand in hand with many of Newport’s churches to provide a number of different services which aim to engage with those who are marginalised in our society.
This is not the first time our employees have decided to support the local homeless charity.
We have previously volunteered our time, presented cheques, supported their foodbank facilities and made up dignity packs to be given to their service users.
The Rough Sleepers Intervention Team (RSIT) operates in Newport, collecting data on rough sleepers in the city. Their research suggests there has been a 28% increase in rough sleeping since 2017.
This research highlights just how important Eden Gate, and the services they provide, is for the increasing number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Newport.
Newport Night Shelter is approaching its 10th anniversary of providing emergency winter accommodation and associated resettlement support. During this time over 10,300 nights have been saved sleeping rough or sofa surfing.
Obviously homelessness does not stop when the shelters close their doors in spring, and Eden Gate proposed to Newport Council a continuation of the Nightshelter.
They suggested a fixed location at their premises on Hill Street. However, their building was far from suitable to safely accommodate this and needed a full renovation.
A grant from Welsh Government meant that renovation work could go ahead, however this alone would not cover all the items needed to get the Nightshelter up and running.
Eden Gate would need the help of local organisations and businesses to get the project up and running. We Plan Group were more than happy to assist them in getting this fantastic initiative off the ground!
The money we raise through quarter three will be used to help refurbish the kitchen and cafeteria facilities at Eden Gate.
Not only are these used in the 1st Contact and Sunday Munch projects, but they will also be used to provide hot meals for those using the Night Shelter Plus services.
We are excited to see how the project goes and honoured to be able to help, in some way, ease the hardship faced by those living on the streets of Newport.