Young people’s service calls for Christmas cheer

The Epsom-based service is calling for Christmas donations
The Epsom-based service is calling for Christmas donations

A supported housing service for young people in Epsom is appealing to the town’s residents to provide some festive cheer by donating Christmas gifts.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Defoe Court is hoping some seasonal goodwill from the town will make 2017 a Christmas to remember for its clients, many of whom will arrive at the service with no possessions of their own.

The service provides support to young people in need, who will often have had to leave their family home and won’t have contact with them.

Staff at Defoe Court work with their residents to provide personalised support, tailored to their individual needs, to help get them back on their feet and living independently.

The appeal is calling for Christmas food and gifts appropriate for 16 to 25-year-olds, with suggested items including kitchenware, warm winter coats, toiletry sets or vouchers.

SSL local service manager Katie Ashworth said: “When young people come to our service, they can often arrive with nothing but the clothes on their back, and no family support network in place.

“Donations for this appeal will give our residents the chance to build a new life for themselves, as well as make sure they don’t have to miss out on Christmas at a difficult time in their lives.”

Queries or arranging a drop-off can be handled by emailing or by phone on 01372 232210.

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