A year of living independently

16 August 2021 • Community

It’s been a year since we sponsored homelessness charity, Jimmy’s Cambridge, to provide rough sleepers with a safe and comfortable home.

Our donation helped Jimmy’s kit out two of its pioneering modular homes – a vital new addition to ensure those who are homeless can take steps to live independent lives.

Our donation equipped and furnished two modular homes with essentials such as kitchen appliances and utensils, beds and sofas.

"It’s wicked. They’ve done us proud,” said one of the residents.

“Our purpose is to support local communities and help provide access to homes and housing,” said our Community Engagement Specialist, Katie Robinson.

“It can be difficult for some people to access affordable and safe housing in Cambridge and we recognise the great work Jimmy’s does in supporting them. We’re delighted to help fund these mods and help provide the accommodation they need to live independent lives.

“The feedback the residents have given shows how much impact these units have made to their lives, which is tremendously rewarding for us.”

The modular homes, or mods as they have become known, were donated by a construction company and built on a parcel of land in the grounds of Christ the Redeemer Church on Newmarket Road in Cambridge.

The modular units offer those who have been homeless, and who would typically be living in Jimmy’s hostels or shared accommodation, 25sqm of floor space, with separate living and cooking, sleeping and bathroom areas and, importantly, their own front door. Residents are also provided with a case Worker who is on hand to guide them through their journey to independence, helping them every step of the way.

“I am quite surprised actually at how new everything is. It’s quite unreal. I was told this morning, this could be somewhere I stay forever […] and I am hoping for that one,” said another.

“When we look inside the mods, we are really pleased with the quality of the stuff in there and the residents are excited about it” [Key support worker].

“These mods provide much-needed independent accommodation and we are delighted that The Cambridge continues to support Jimmy’s. Their generous support allows us to be at the forefront of pioneering ways to help those who are homeless in our city and help them rebuild their lives,” said Jimmy’s Chief Executive, Mark Allen.