NewStarts Bromsgrove secure future — with help from Charity Bank and Big Issue Invest

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“People often turn to NewStarts at the point when they have exhausted all other avenues. For us, the reasons they find themselves in a difficult situation isn’t relevant; we will help them if we can.”   — CEO Marion Kenyon, NewStarts

Bromsgrove charity NewStarts, which provides practical support to homeless people and those in financial crisis, has secured its long term future — thanks to a combined loan from Charity Bank and Big Issue Invest which has enabled the organisation to buy its premises.

It’s great to see ethical funders working together in a way that maximises both their impact and what they are able to do for the organisations that most need their finance.

Established in 2005 as a result of a partnership between a local resident and NewSong Community Church in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, NewStarts provides a range of services for those most in need — including training and work experience, debt counselling, a food bank, and a furniture and household goods recycling service.

With its premises now secure, NewStarts will be able to continue to provide these essential services. In 2014/15 it directly supported 1,044 people in the following ways:

  • 430 households received free household items.
  • 332 households were provided with emergency food.
  • 105 volunteers were given work experience.
  • 41 people had training across a variety of courses (woodwork, basic IT and arts and crafts).
  • 136 people received financial management training and debt advice.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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