Catalyst works with charity to support local homeless

Our employees have donated hundreds of items to charity The Upper Room for homeless and disadvantaged local people.

The donations from colleagues based at the Ealing office include 266 items of clothing and shoes, six sleeping bags and toiletries, and will go to people in west London.

Nicky Flynn, Chief Executive of The Upper Room, said: “We are indebted to organisations like Catalyst for these donations. Especially at this time of year, these gifts will be an invaluable resource to guests of The Upper Room.”

Ian McDermott, Chief Executive of Catalyst, said: “Charities like The Upper Room are vital in supporting people who are homeless, and Catalyst is proud to be working with them.

“There are many reasons why a person can become homeless. One of the fundamental factors is the lack of affordable housing. That’s why it’s important that we at Catalyst remain committed to building more affordable homes year on year, and play our part in tackling the UK’s housing crisis.”

Building skills

The Upper Room began as a simple soup kitchen in 1990 and now runs three inter-linked projects. UR4Driving helps improve the employability of ex-offenders. Participants engage in personal development and are supported to do 80 hours of voluntary work and are supported to learn to drive and achieve a full driving licence. UR4Jobs is a multi-lingual project that helps destitute migrants and other disadvantaged groups to improve their employability and avoid homelessness and crime. They are supported to gain confidence and skills required to secure employment or apprenticeships.

UR4Meals serves a hot meal to around 50-80 guests per night and who are also provided with clothing, toiletries and other support. All its services are delivered for free and its mission statement is ‘improving lives’.

Kowsar Abdi, Youth Engagement Practitioner at Catalyst, said: “In the last three months, The Upper Room has supported six Catalyst residents towards getting a driver’s licence. So, it was great that we could give something back to them. Thank you to all the colleagues who donated items, and thank you to The Upper Room for supporting our residents.”