Drop-in service for people in crisis gets a helping hand in Aylesbury

A drop-in service for Aylesbury people in crisis has been given a helping hand from a local housing association.

Thrive Homes, which owns and manages a number of affordable homes in Aylesbury Vale, has donated £600 from its small grants fund to Aylesbury-based organisation Space.

Space provides support and care to people struggling during difficult times in their lives, such as relationship break-downs, depression, bereavement, unemployment, mental health problems or loneliness.

The Thrive grant will help fund the group’s drop-in sessions, which are run five times a week at various community locations in the area.

For people in need of more intensive support, Space can signpost them to other organisations for help and also offers an affordable one-to-one counselling service.

Project Coordinator Kate Lawton said: “At the drop-in sessions, people can just pop by, have a cup of tea and talk if they want to – there’s no pressure but sometimes people just need someone to listen and be supportive.

“We are very grateful for this grant because, like many other small community organisations, we struggle to find funding for what we do – but it really is a lifeline for so many people who don’t know where to turn in times of crisis.”

Space supported 171 people through 3,251 interactions – drop-in visits, counselling sessions and general support – between April 2017 and February 2018 alone.

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive Homes, said: “Everyone goes through difficult times once in a while and it can make you feel very alone and isolated. But Space offers support and a listening ear in a caring, non-judgemental environment to help people through tough times.”

Thrive’s small grants fund awards sums of around £500 each to good causes in need of support, including charities, organisations and projects within the communities where Thrive operates.

The fund is part of the housing provider’s ‘Thrive GIVE’ initiative which aims to benefit communities and worthy schemes, bringing social value in a variety of ways.

Thrive GIVE (Generating Income for Voluntary Enterprises) includes the ‘Give Grants’ community fund, ‘Give your Time’ staff volunteering programme, ‘Give Support’ scheme which links charities with private sector support and ‘Give a Voice’ campaign to ensure customers have their say.