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Christmas joy delivered in Derbyshire

Christmas joy delivered in Derbyshire

Dozens of Christmas presents will be going to young adults supported by Adullam Homes in Derbyshire this year after two Chesterfield residents organised estate and work-wide appeals.

Josh Brocklehurst has helped Adullam directly for the past three years by organising a gift appeal via his housing estate’s Facebook group. In the past he donated to the Homeless Shoebox Appeal which was run by Jo Hope’s sister before it ended.

Jo now runs an appeal from her spare room, with all the donations, including those from Josh, coming to young people supported by Adullam. Jo works for Bolsover Cruise Club and her colleagues donate generously. She also calls on friends and family to help via Facebook.

This year the appeal has been more successful than ever, after Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service new Recruits WDS 111 and estate/letting agent Redbrik also got involved.

Adullam My Life Coach Lindsey Bamford has just collected dozens of gifts from Josh who lives in Upper Newbold. “There were so many we only just managed to get them all in my car!” she laughed.

“We want to say a huge thank you to Josh, Jo and everyone else who got involved. Gestures like this make a bigger difference to our service users than you might imagine. Without this appeal many of them would receive no gifts this Christmas at all.”

Adullam Homes Housing Association’s Step-Up project in Derbyshire, commissioned by the County Council, provides accommodation and support for 16 –24-year-olds from throughout the county with properties in High Peak, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

The service accommodates looked-after children, care leavers and homeless young people aged under 21, helping them build skills and confidence to live independently.

The Floating Support service provided by Adullam in locations including Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, High Peak and North Dales helps 18—25-year-olds with tenancy sustainment or those who are at risk of becoming homeless.

Referrals to the services need to be made with young people by their Leaving Care Workers, social workers, foster carers or care providers.