Councillor kicks off new role by thanking local housing charity

Release Date: 13 July 2017

The new Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector has kick started his new role by saying a big THANK YOU to a local charity for their work to support  people in the borough over the past 30 years.

On Tuesday 11 July, SPEAR celebrated 30 years of supporting people from ‘Homelessness to Independence’. The charity has been based in Richmond since 1987. Since establishing themselves, they have offered services to thousands of  people who have been affected by homelessness.  They have successfully transformed lives and supported many people, who have very complex needs, to re-gain their independence and live fulfilled lives. 

To celebrate their achievements, as well as recognising the challenges the charity continues to face in achieving its objective of working towards reducing homelessness, particularly tackling street homelessness, SPEAR hosted a 30-year anniversary event.

The event took participants on a 'journey back through time' looking at how the charity evolved and responded to changes over the years. Highlights included hearing from past and current SPEAR service users who gave personal insight into how the charity worked with them so that they turned their lives around. Attendees also participated in a fruitful discussion on creative and thought provoking influences on homelessness.

Cllr Linnette, the new Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the Voluntary Sector, who attended the event said:

“SPEAR is one of the borough’s most important charities and I am proud to say that the Council has financially supported its activities and in turn the excellent work it has done.

“They are not just about homelessness and housing – but they also strive to help some of the most vulnerable people in our borough to live independently, learn new skills, develop confidence and regain their self-esteem.

“They are also at the forefront of addressing street homelessness and helping people who are sleeping rough to know that there is a way, that they can rebuild their lives. This is a vital facet of SPEAR’s work which often involves dealing with very complex issues and life events.

“I would like to express my gratitude to SPEAR for all the vastly important work they do every day supporting and improving the lives of some of the most marginalised people in our borough.”

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Updated: 31 July 2017