Local YBS office helps with donation of £400

22nd March 2017

The Exeter office of Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) has provided a donation of £400 towards a new laptop for St Petrock's centre.  As part of its support for the nationwide campaign to End Youth Homelessness, the local YBS office decided to make a donation request to head office, following a visit to our centre. "We're very grateful to our local YBS office for sourcing this funding," said Mel Hartley, project manager. "Laptops provide a vital link for clients to keep in touch with family and friends as well as look for work and accommodation and are always in much demand."...

Project Update

23rd January 2017

It's been a busy time with an increase in visits to our centre of 7.6% between July and December 2016 and we now regularly see 65 people a day in need to our Advice & Support and Survival services.  In co-operation with Exeter City Council, we were able to offer overnight accommodation for 23 nights from November 23rd until the new Night Shelter became available, and accommodated up to 10 rough sleepers per night. Our Christmas opening went well with 41 clients accessing the centre on Christmas Day and 45 people on Boxing Day.  Given the high number of people wishing to volunteer at St Petrock's over the Christmas period, a Christmas Volunteers Induction meeting was introduced and will be run again in October 2017. Having successfully funded a specialist welfare rights worker to help clients navigate the complex and time consuming changes in Welfare reform and a weekly mental health practitioner; both these services are now working at full capacity. Looking forward, we h...

Sixth year of support from PFG

23rd November 2016

St Petrock’s has been awarded £20k by Provident Financial Group’s Good Neighbour programme for the sixth year in succession.   Cathy Prior, who helps manage PFG’s Good Neighbour project, explains, “Our primary objective is to make financial products and services available, in a responsible way to people who are not well served by mainstream financial providers. Alongside this, our Good Neighbour programme enables us to help the communities in which our customers live and work by supporting grassroots projects like St Petrock’s who work to address complex, relevant social inclusion issues, in this case homelessness.   “We’re delighted to be able to make an award of £20k again this year, as we know what great outcomes St Petrock’s achieves in supporting homeless people into accommodation. We are always impressed by the way the charity adapts its work to fill in the gaps most needed by its clients and makes such a difference to people’s lives. “...