Annual trip to Blackpool
All of the girls had a lovely time and had lots of fun at our annual trip to Blackpool pleasure beach, last week. For some, this can be a first time to a theme park, or to the coast for that matter.
This trip has been funded from our “Good Memories” fund - for trips out, birthday celebrations, and Christmas, and we thank our donors for their generous contributions to this fund. 9
Contact accommodates and supports homeless young women aged 16 to 19.
For further details go www.contacthostel.co.uk
A newly decorated room ready for a new occupant.
At Contact we ensure that the girls rooms are kept in a good state of repair and are simple but look welcoming. The furniture and soft furnishings are replaced regularly.
This gives the girls a sense that we care enough about them to have consideration for the comfort available in their rooms.
For many of the girls this will be the first time they have a space of their own as they have often shared with other siblings or slept on sofas in friends/relatives’ houses.
Sadly, there are times when the rooms get damaged usually due to frustration and anger as a result of feeling rejected by the very people who should love them unconditionally. Contact invests a considerable amount of its resources in renewals and repairs.
One of the girls recently commented not long after coming to us that her room was cosy and lovely.
Although simply furnished each bedroom is made clean and fresh for each young woman accommodated. .
Long term, or secondary impact can be one of the most difficult and expensive things to measure, often involving research, interviewing former beneficiaries and evaluating results.
However, this week one of our former girls contacted us, who celebrated her 18th Birthday with us 43 years ago.
She said “After being brought up by my gran, I reconnected with my mum whom I had not seen in many years, whilst living at Contact.
Contact changed my life when I found myself to be homeless, I am so glad that you are still going, I have many happy memories from my time with you, when nobody else seemed to care.
Contact will always have a special place in my heart because it got me away from places and people I needed to get away from.
Please keep up the good work”