Our Partners at Hillcrest Housing Association have told us their application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and the Glenmoy Terrace Homeless Starter Packs project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during November and December 2017.
The project along with two other successful projects in the region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop.
Voting will take place
Wednesday 1st November 2017 to Monday 1st January 2018
We will find out by the end of January 2018 the amount of funding the project will receive. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive up to £4,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.
Starter packs help adults and families transition from homelessness to a home. Packs include small kitchen utensils and basic provisions to support them in their own tenancy.
Glenmoy Terrace provides short-term accommodation for adults and families in Forfar who are homeless. It has 7 self-contained properties including a family unit for up to 6 family members. People stay with the project from 3 months to 9 months. Their most recent care inspectorate report received a 5(very good) rating for the services they provide.
However they want to provide more, by supporting temporary tenants to source longer term permanent tenancies. When a property becomes available they may only have a few days to support a tenant moving into their own home with no funding to support this. They want to provide starter packs so that people can move into their new home and it feels like a home.
To encourage activity, healthy eating, provide a therapeutic benefit and also provide a feeling of transition and hope that they will take it with them to their new home, the project wants to provide a kitchen/herb garden to be included in the starter pack. The garden would consist of small planters or pots depending on space available and would include herbs, tomatoes, chillis and radishes. This would encourage discussion among tenants, shared positive experiences and also encourage future community engagement.
The cost of a starter pack is roughly £100 for an individual however this does increase for a family, and the project would be looking to support approximately 40 families and individuals with packs.