Going further to help Leicestershire families in need
Friday, March 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog
This week, Anna and I paid our second visit to Leicester, the first in a series of regional hotspots we plan to visit over the next year, spreading the word about FTCT at community level.
Leicester has a strong historical connection to the fashion and textile industry, once the centre of the hosiery and footwear trade. Leicester is also a region with higher than average levels of child poverty. In the Leicester’s Child Poverty Commission published 25th January 2013, it states that more than 26,000 Leicester children and their families are estimated to live in poverty. With planned government cuts to benefits now looming, this figure is set to increase. Our aim for these visits, is to find out how we can get word of our grants to families in need, at community level.
This week, we met yet more amazing people working for fantastic organisations, throughout Leicestershire and Rutland, including Charles Huddleston, C.L.A.S.P (pictured), Jo Bamberger from the Disabled Children’s Team, part of Leicester Council’s Social Services Team and Melouise and Gwenda from the Belgrave and St Matthews Sure Start Centres, to name but a few.
We also popped in to see some familiar faces like, Frank, Barbara and Sam from Leicester Charity Link, Jeanette Cooper-Hudson, Charities and Sponsorship Manager at NEXT and Mark Harris, Employee and Customer Services Director at Lands End, to see how we can continue to work together, to promote FTCT to their clients and employees.
This won’t be the last Leicester families will be hearing about FTCT’s grants. We hope to do more outreach work throughout the year, starting with our second meeting with Jon Ashworth MP for Leicester South, in April.
If you live in and around Leicester and you know the name of a fantastic charity or community group, who you think should know about FTCT, please let us know. Contact Jill with your suggestions on e:email@example.com.