March 31 marked the end of my third year with Horsham Matters – it’s hard to believe it’s already been that long.
When I started we had only been operating out of the old Tanfield Garage for five months, had a temporary lease and weren’t really sure what our future would be.
Three years on, we have a long term lease on our shop at the Tanfield Centre and a warehouse in Blatchford Road and we are definitely here to stay.
In the past year we supported local people with 92 beds, 39 wardrobes, 40 tables, 98 chests of drawers, 87 lots of white goods and 119 linen and kitchen packs! We have also been able to give away 239 crates of goods to local charities and provided cash grants of £31,830 to organisations, including Horsham YMCA, West Sussex Mediation Service, Horsham Debt Advice Service and Shelley School.
We have been able to take on two apprentices and provide work experience for a number of young people. More recently we won contracts to deliver youth work across the district, working with parish and neighbourhood councils to provide activities and support for local young people.
On top of that there’s the Night Shelter and more that I can’t fit in here.
None of this would have been possible without the support of a fantastic and dedicated group of volunteers and we are indebted to all of them for their support.
But the final word has to be for our God because we know that without Him this would never have got off the ground and would certainly not have grown so quickly nor been so successful. Horsham really does matter to Him!
by David Sheldon, chief executive of Horsham Matters