City support for ‘Off the Streets’
Our flagship Nottingham City branch has donated part of their window space to help homelessness charity Framework promote their rough sleepers helpline this winter as part of the ‘Off the Streets’ campaign. The fundraising initiative was set up by Nottingham Post after the charity’s Big Sleep Out was cancelled and The Nottingham were one of the first in line to donate to support outreach work and emergency accommodation over the winter.
Our support for Framework has spanned five years through the society’s ‘Doing Good Together’ initiative however, following the business’ donation the team were keen to do something to increase awareness of homelessness and what to do if you come across a rough sleeper.
Branch Manager Alex Smith says: “Unfortunately working in a city location we see an increasing number of people sleeping rough especially early in the morning on the way into work. Getting the right help is key to moving away from rough sleeping and we’re very proud to support a charity like Framework to do this.
“We have put up a display in branch to promote the ‘Off the Streets’ campaign and we’re actively encouraging our customers to donate too. Just a few pounds can help to make a difference.”
Estate Agency Manager Ben Sales is also keen to help: “I love my job and helping people find their dream home is a real privilege but working with Framework, I have seen how easy it is for lives to unravel.
“I was due to be sleeping out to raise funds for Framework last month but instead, will be taking part in a fundraising challenge next year.”
The estate agency donated £1,500 earlier in the year to support Skills Plus from dormant lettings deposits which had not been claimed and were required to be donated to charity. The programme, which is partly supported by the society’s annual fundraising, runs at Framework accommodation services and is designed to equip people to maintain their own accommodation and prevent future homelessness.
Jess Powell, Framework’s Corporate Fundraising Coordinator added: “We are always grateful to The Nottingham for their support. They are a fantastic example of how a business can work with charities to make a big difference to front line services.”