Plymouth’s homelessness charity Shekinah has set the local business community the challenge to help raise £20,000 by the end of October to furnish their new centre at Stonehouse Creek.

Opening in January 2024 after the refurbishment works are completed, Shekinah will move from their current location in Bath Street to the purpose designed centre to continue supporting people who are experiencing all forms of homelessness.

Offering a wider range of services needed to tackle health and wellbeing inequalities in the local community, Shekinah’s new centre will provide expanded community facilities; health services; training, education, employment and housing services; and a café. By better integrating the services from a wide range of local providers and enabling delivery of these critical services from this new single site, the Stonehouse Creek centre will significantly improve access for the city’s most vulnerable people.

The ambition to raise £20,000 through Shekinah’s crowdfunding campaign will enable the charity to invest in furnishing the new centre with high quality furniture and equipment.

John Hamblin, Chief Executive at the Shekinah said: “This is about raising the aspirations of the people we support and give them a building they deserve, not having to make do as they’ve had to their whole lives, this is a real chance to give people more. A successful crowdfunding campaign will enable us to equip the beautiful building at Stonehouse Creek with beautiful furniture as opposed to making do.”

On announcing the crowdfunding campaign, Plymouth’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Mark Shayer said: “Today launches the start of the refurbishment project for Shekinah’s new HQ which will incorporate centralised services to support local people most in need. Through the crowdfunding campaign we will be able to make these people’s lives as good as they can be, let’s not let those disadvantaged feel second best. I urge our local business community to donate, fundraise and help us to make a huge difference to those facing all forms of homelessness.”

Carl Heslop, Managing Director of Obedair Construction said: “As principal contractor, we are very proud to be involved in delivering this prestigious community project as well as Shekinah being a key charity we support throughout the year. It is great to see the Building Plymouth partnership with the construction industry and the local business community coming together to support this important crowdfunding campaign as well as donating materials and labour in-kind to help us minimise costs to the charity throughout the refurbishment project.”

To donate and find out more about the crowdfunding campaign visit: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/stonehouse-creek-refurbishment-project#start

Photo – left to right: Lady Mayoress, Lord Mayor of Plymouth Cllr Mark Shayer, Emma Hewitt Building Plymouth, John Hamblin Shekinah and Carl Heslop Obedair Construction.