Plans are underway to develop the charity’s Springboard Day Center to create a thriving community center where homeless people can access services that will give them the support they need to gain confidence and progress to an independent life.
Jenni Moulson, Chair of the Trustees, said: “We have a huge opportunity to raise the funds we need to realize our ambitions and make our 30th anniversary really matter.
“We are calling on individuals, schools and businesses in our local community to fundraise for us throughout the year and help us have an even greater impact on people’s lives.”
Springboard currently offers weekly GP surgery, podiatry, hairdressing, showers, meals and practical advice and support, including accommodation advice and guidance.
Jenni says the hope was to expand this to include services such as dentistry, opticians, yoga, mindfulness and even a vet clinic as well as basic cooking classes, nutritional advice, cooking classes. literacy and numeracy and computer skills sessions.
The first event on the fundraising calendar will be World Book Day on Thursday March 3, when schools across the district dress up in non-uniform in exchange for a donation to the Harrogate Homeless Project.
On Thursday April 21 – which is National Tea Day – the charity is urging people to join their ‘Cuppa Tea for HHP’ campaign.
Jenni added, “Have a brew, bake a cake and invite friends and colleagues to join you in raising funds for HHP.
“We would like as many people as possible to organize events on April 21 and send us photos so that we can share them on social media.”
On May 7, residents of the Stonerings area of Harrogate will hold an open gardens event in aid of the Harrogate Homeless Project and on May 8, people are encouraged to take part in the Nidderdale Walk for the charity.
On May 22, Ripon Cathedral will ring the bells to mark the charity’s official 30th anniversary, with more events to be announced throughout the year.
If you are hosting an event and would like to let the charity know, email [email protected] to and they can help you promote it.