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


“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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