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Vital Ilford homeless centre holding open day to highlight work

PUBLISHED: 14:46 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 October 2016

Councillor Michelle Dunn  presenting certificates to Welcome  Centre single homeless clients in celebration of the progress made by the clients over the last year on the Projects Life Skills and Employment Training Programme.

Councillor Michelle Dunn presenting certificates to Welcome Centre single homeless clients in celebration of the progress made by the clients over the last year on the Projects Life Skills and Employment Training Programme.

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A homeless centre is holding an open day tomorrow to highlight the important work which goes on inside.

The Welcome Centre, in St Mary’s Road, in Ilford, will be open from 11am to 3pm tomorrow.

On the day, there will be activities for all ages including a BBQ, cake sale, face painting, caricature artist, steel band and trial sessions with complimentary therapists.

Sonia Lynch, who manages the Welcome Centre, said: “There are so many people that are in desperate need of help, we aim to meet their needs at this Centre and help get their lives back on track.

“We really value the support of all our partners and volunteers in making a difference for homeless people”.

The Welcome Centre was opened as a Day Centre in September 2011 and since opening it has helped hundreds of people with issues associated with homelessness.

Phil Herbert, director of the charity, said “This is a great opportunity for people to come and see what we do.

“Many folk wonder what goes on in this building, well here’s their chance to find out !”

The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra will be attending the event and adopted the Welcome Project as one of his chosen charities during his mayoral year.

The Ilford Branch of Marks and Spencer are also supporting the charity this year and has been involved in a day of volunteering as well as fund raising activities.

Amy Middleton, store manager, saidL “Myself and my team are really passionate about supporting this valuable project as it is so needed in Ilford.

“We are trying to help the centre in any way we can because so many local people are affected by homelessness and we feel we all need to play a part in helping.”


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