Charities come together to help young homeless

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TWO Horsham charities have come together to help young unemployed people based at the Amber Foundation’s residential home in Ockley.

Horsham Matters, which provides good quality secondhand furniture at reasonable prices for people in the district, has refurnished part of Amber’s centre residential base for young homeless and unemployed people, after chief executive David Sheldon went there for a visit.

Mr Sheldon met with Amber fundraiser Rachel Bartlett, for a tour of Amber’s centre in Ockley, which accommodates up to 28 young people, providing them with a temporary home.

He said: “I was very impressed with the work carried out at Amber and what they have to offer young people. It was clear though that some of their furniture could do with updating.

“Through our own success I’m pleased that we’re able to help another charity who is at the heart of helping young people rebuild their lives.”

Both charities are keen to help more young people have a future to look forward to.

Horsham Matters has recently expanded its work with the district’s young people developing a programme at the Y-Centre to make young people aware of the dangers of alcohol misuse and also provides a young persons’ advocacy service.

Amber provides a programme of activities, education, training and support to unemployed people aged 17 to 30 who are marginalised as a result of being homeless, having a history of taking drugs or being involved in crime and in many cases are ex-offenders.

The programme is individually tailored to the needs of the young person to help them gain the motivation, confidence, self-esteem and skills to become employable, get a job or place at college and sustainable accommodation.

Rachel said: “Through community networking we have been overwhelmed by kindness and generosity of those willing to help.

“Horsham Matters have truly excelled themselves and embraced the concept of what we offer here at Amber.

“They have helped us enormously by donating curtains, beds, desks, chairs and settees, all of which have made significant impact to our outgoing costs; for this we are extremely grateful as it is a particularly difficult time for us to fund such items.”

For further information about Amber visit their website on or contact Rachel on 01306 627924 or

Further information about Horsham Matters can be found at or contact David Sheldon on 01403 211833 or