The Kempston Net Charitable Trust
The Kempston Net Charitable Trust received an award of £4,900 for their project ‘The Net’. This small grant will help the project support a number of very isolated, vulnerable people who have fallen through gaps in services, gently encouraging them to take an active part in the community. People are referred to the group for many reasons, from agoraphobia to domestic violence. Many have physical health needs and group members often need practical assistance with issues like housing advice, financial management or English language skills. All are isolated and lonely and find it very hard to conquer their fears and join in group activities. Their individual stories are often heart-breaking.
The group currently supports 40 families, A local faith group funds two trained nurses to lead their activities and build clients’ confidence so that they feel comfortable attending their first session. A team of warm and welcoming volunteers make sure everyone feels safe and included. The words of one client perhaps illustrate their contribution most strongly. “For me the Net is a safe haven, a lifeline where I know I am amongst friends. It’s somewhere I know I can enjoy being lost in a craft activity, have a coffee and talk – or not talk. We are given a tower of strength on which to pour out all our problems and for there to be NO judgement or scornful looks. It’s a safe haven for lost souls and I dread to think what would happen to all of us without it.”