Charity: Notting Hill Genesis
|Area of Operation:||London|
|Pledge level:||£1450 including £50 registration fee|
Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) works in the community, providing homes for lower-income households. This is our primary purpose, and everything else we do supports that aim.
More than half our homes are general needs properties, charged at social or affordable rent levels. In addition, we offer extra care and supported accommodation for older people and other vulnerable groups.
Our growth over the decades has given tens of thousands of people a place to call home, and Notting Hill Genesis is committed to giving future generations the same opportunities.
The sponsorship money raised by our runners helps us to deliver a Resident Support Programme to people we house. Money will go towards our:
- Hardship Fund - Many residents and their families are struggling to meet ordinary day-to-day expenses due to low incomes, mental health crisis and other challenges in their lives. The Hardship Fund provides emergency grants to tenants for; food, energy meter costs and essential household items to those in most need. We often help tenants with uniform costs and with removal costs when fleeing domestic abuse just to give some examples. The fund is also used by housing officers to organise community events, or wellbeing and tenancy sustainment projects that benefit residents.
- Partnerships Programme â€“ We have three partnerships officers who connect our tenants to local and national support services such as debt advice services, employment & apprenticeship support and financial education. This support means we help tenants and their families to improve their circumstances in the long-term to break the cycle of poverty.
- A Volunteer Programme - Deliver a range of wellbeing initiatives particularly aimed at those tenants who are most socially isolated. Programmes such as our digital inclusion work aims to help residents to better access the internet so they may communicate with family and be better connected to their community.
In the last financial year, Â£140,000 was awarded to help fund household items, school uniforms and support those affected by the pandemic by providing them with supermarket vouchers or energy meter top-ups. In addition, 108 food parcels were given to shielding and vulnerable residents via the Good Gym project.
Case study: A single parent with three children who was experiencing financial hardship because she was on a zero-hour contract, and then had to move homes due to domestic violence, received hardship fund support to get furniture, other household items and supermarket vouchers. She said: â€œI really appreciate everything you have done for meâ€.