Epsom Rotary Support of The Meeting Room
This year Epsom Rotary Community Service Committee is proud to support The Meeting Room an organisation that runs daytime drop-in centres for homeless, socially isolated and vulnerable people living within our local community. We donated £1000 to this worthy charity. For members who are unaware of the charity’s activities I draw your attention to the following:
At the drop-in centres they provide a warm, safe and friendly environment where people are made to feel welcome and have a chance to eat, relax and socialise. A hot nourishing mid-day meal sustains the body, while talking, playing games and other activities help to break through isolation.
Their support goes beyond the daily centres and can include the following:
- Accompanying clients to appointments where they need someone to speak up for them. This may be an assessment, medical appointment, social workers or legal meetings.
- Assistance to prevent homelessness, such as helping negotiate debt, helping with maintaining their property and negotiating with housing associations where there has been a problem.
- Help with paperwork or online forms. Many clients are not fully literate or unable to use computers, so we help them complete necessary paperwork.
- Running regular self improvement courses. We have courses scheduled to cover the following: Mindfulness; Building Confidence and Self Esteem; Managing Finances; Managing Stress and Anxiety.
In addition every year around Christmas, on our behalf, The Ashley Centre security staff put a large collection box in the centre for donations of food items. We then collect and deliver the donated items to The Meeting Room.
See the lovely Thank-You message from The Meeting Room