Plans for the new residential continue to progress. After having been let down by the Housing Association who agreed to manage the new ‘Home at St Wilfrid’s’, St Wilfrid’s Centre’s search for a replacement is well underway. Meanwhile the residential is being well looked after by people who are residing there on a short term agreement as guardians of the premises.
Over the last 3 years there has been much talk about the new project and many of the clients and volunteers have been asking about ‘Home at St Wilfrid’s’. To satisfy the curiosity of all who come to the Centre, Josie the Director of St Wilf’s decided to organise a tour of a ‘show flat’.
The apartment, one of twenty brand new furnished flats for vulnerable people, was completed with a combination of new items, bought on a small budget, and items donated courtesy of St Vincent’s Furniture Store. This was done to demonstrate how a flat can, on a small budget, be turned into a homely place to live.
Many were impressed with what they saw and Angela, volunteer at the Centre for the last 3 years, said, “the people who get to stay in these apartments will have a great opportunity to improve their fortunes and are lucky to have the advantage of living in such a lovely place while they receive support in learning independent living skills.”
Josie, Director of St Wilfrid’s, emphasised, “Everything is being done to move the project on, there is never a day goes by when we are not working on some aspect of ‘Home at St Wilfrid’s’. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers and very soon we will be able to move the vulnerable and homeless people who need our support into the apartments and thus help them to move on with their lives.”