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Charity of the Year

Westwood Cross supports The Gap Project as its Charity of the Year

The Gap Project, Broadstairs

We were delighted to announce The Gap Project as Westwood Cross' local charity for 2017/2018.

The Gap Project services the deprived community of Thanet, addressin long-term economic and social needs. The charity runs groups, activities and individual support for all in the community using their facilities at the Queen Road Baptists Church.  About 1,000 people come into the building each week. Activities include services for under-fives and deprived families, young people with poverty of opportunity, the homeless and insecurely housed, isolated older people and those with special needs, mental health issues and long-term conditions.  They have 115 volunteers and the project offers support and advocacy to volunteers as well as service users.  Volunteering placements provide many with an opportunity to move forward.  They plan to use funds towards the homeless project which offers a hot meal, laundry and showering facilities plus the opportunity to use the phone to contact agencies and also resettlement and addiction support, in partnership with other local charities at the drop-in.  The number of homeless people accessing the service has grown, there are now on average 20 people attending a day.

The Gap Project won the Westwood Cross Award of £1,500 at the Heart of the Community Awards. The donation will make a huge difference to the families in Thanet that they support.