Charity Hope funding bid is cooking with gas
JEWSON in Oban has nominated local charity Hope Kitchen for a chance to win funding as part of its Building Better Communities project.
Hope Kitchen has now been shortlisted for a public vote, the regional winner of which can receive financial support of between £ 500 and £10,000 with a £150,000 ‘my comfort’ multicomfort building refurbishment available for the overall winner.
The voting will close on June 19 and the winners will be announced on July 4, following the decision of a judging panel based on both the entry information and the voting results.
Hope Kitchen provides a range of services to vulnerable and marginalised people in the community.
Set up in 2009, the project was initially intended to provide hot food and a safe and warm envi- ronment for homeless people in the area. Since then, it has expanded to help a wider range of people, including those with mental health issues or learning difficulties, as well as lonely and isolated individuals.
It now offers a laundry service, computer access and assistance with job searches and training to get back to work. It also provides homeless people with tents and sleeping bags.
They currently have 100 people coming through the doors every week, which works out at approximately two to three per cent of Oban’s population. The charity also has two part-time staff and a team of 15 volunteers to run the organisation.
Funding through the Building Better Communities project would mean Hope Kitchen could move into bigger premises, therefore allowing them to help even more people in the community.
Speaking about what the funding could do for the charity, service manager Lorraine King said: ‘It would be amazing. We are currently third out of five charities across Scotland.
‘It would transform what we could do and would make such a difference to the service we can provide.’
To vote, visit www.facebook. com/jewsonuk