Home­less groups in merger

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A CHE­SHAM-BASED char­ity that an­nu­ally helps more than 200 home­less young peo­ple hopes to be able to sup­port even more af­ter merg­ing with an­other or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Hous­ing In­ter­ac­tion Trust has an­nounced it has merged with Con­nec­tion Float­ing Sup­port.

On Sun­day (Novem­ber 1) the char­ity, based in 60 High Street, Che­sham, be­came part of the Con­nec­tion fam­ily of spe­cial­ist projects in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Hous­ing In­ter­ac­tion Trust helps pre­vent young peo­ple be­com­ing home­less, pro­vid­ing sup­port and as­sis­tance.

It is an in­te­gral part of Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Home­less­ness Preven­tion Pro­gramme.

Young peo­ple in Che­sham will con­tinue to re­ceive sup­port from the ex­pe­ri­enced team at the trust from its Che­sham of­fices.

Chair­man Jac­quie Hard­man said: “We are con­fi­dent the merger will pro­vide ex­cit­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for both ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial new ser­vices.”

Last year, Hous­ing In­ter­ac­tion Trust saw a 45 per cent in­crease in peo­ple need­ing help, work­ing with 106 new clients, com­pared with 73 in 2013/14.

De­spite last year’s in­creased de­mand, no clients needed to make home­less­ness ap­pli­ca­tions to Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil, due to the char­ity’s suc­cess­ful work. NEARLY 100 golfers turned out for a char­ity golf day at the Buck­ing­hamshire Golf Club.

Or­gan­ised by the team be­hind char­ity Wil­liam’s Fund, nearly £10,000 was raised for Child­hood Can­cer re­search in Ox­ford.

James Gre­gory and Doug Reeves won the chip­ping com­pe­ti­tion, Andy Hunter – who also won The Newlawn Straight­est drive at hole one – won the bunker shot and Chris Hills won the putting.

A spe­cial award was pre­sented to the Best Lady in mem­ory of Lisa Ryan, a keen golfer who played at most of Wil­liam’s Fund pre­vi­ous golf days, who died this year. The award was won by Michele Hunter. The worst score, shared be­tween Ed Hewett, Tom Oak­ley and John Law­son, won a les­son with Martin Heys.

Team win­ners were Oliver Reeves, Doug Reeves, Gary Porter and Bob Porter who won a four ball at Stoke Park Golf Club.

The golfers re­turned to the club house for din­ner, a talk from re­search fel­low Dr He­len Townly, prizes, and an auc­tion con­ducted by TV star Will Mel­lor.

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