It was a beautiful sunny autumn day when we welcomed Jessica Glover from the Benjamin Foundation as our guest speaker into the recently refurbished Swallowtails restaurant at Broom Hall.
The Benjamin Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It reaches out to provide young people with the support and help they need and which may not be available to them in their home environment. This is provided through overnight accommodation, combined with help with school work, job applications as well as basic life skills such as budgeting and cooking. When the young people are ready, they then move to the next stage of independent living with help from support workers. Through this vital work, homelessness amongst local young people in Watton is alleviated and avoided.
Jessica updated us on the exciting news that the Benjamin Foundation is establishing a community hub in Watton’s Youth and Community Centre and they are asking for local people to get involved to help shape its future.
One of their successful fundraising events is the annual Norwich Sleep Out where people can challenge themselves and help end youth homelessness, raising sponsorship for the event on 14th November.
Exhibiting was Helen Hornagold from Made in Norfolk with a selection of wonderfully scented candles, soaps and lotions all made locally from her cottage industry in Carbrooke. Her selection was so popular that Helen will be returning in December for last minute gift shopping!