Done well in life? Time to give back?
The concept was low cost. Redistribute items that are no longer wanted to those in need and offer friendship to families who have settled locally a long way from their family and friends.
Unfortunately, the best things in life are never free. Even a low-cost operation requires financial help.
When our organisation was first established in 2020, we hoped to be able to run it on an entirely unfunded basis. For the first nine months, the volunteers allowed items to be delivered to their homes for onward transportation. All work was carried out through an online platform, and it was run entirely by volunteers. However, as we grew, so did the work that was needed to be done and no cost basis became unsustainable. Policies needed to be drafted, volunteers need to be properly referenced, DBS checked and properly trained, we needed to hire a storage unit and, in recent times, pay fuel costs to the volunteers.
Whilst our volunteers are amazing, they volunteer indefinitely, and we need continuity to provide administrative training and governance support. Whilst we are mainly volunteer run, we do need help to pay our two part time administrators and we need to raise the funds to do this and to pay overheads on an ongoing basis.
In the circumstances, we are reaching out to sympathisers with the plight of refugees and asylum seekers who are our neighbours in the North Wales area. All the families were support are legally recognised either as refugees or as people seeking asylum. All are housed either by the Home Officer or with local authority assistance but are living on extremely low incomes with very little by way of furniture or household items.