Stephen has met with Ruth Bravery and Arnold Ridout from The Renewal Programme in Newham, to discuss the work they are doing in the local community.
Renewal is a local charity that offers services in five different areas: housing, education, young people, immigration and carers. They help around 5,000 people a year.
Stephen and the team at Renewal discussed a number of projects they are currently running, such as their weekly foodbank, which feeds around 1,000 refugees each year. They also talked about their two hostels, which provide supported accommodation for over forty homeless people.
On top of the incredible work that Renewal is already doing, they are also a founding member of One Newham. This organisation’s vision is to establish a strong Voluntary and Community Sector in Newham, by managing contacts and grants on behalf of a number of local organisations.
After the meeting, Stephen said “I am impressed by the commitment Renewal has shown to Newham and am grateful to the staff and volunteers, who have demonstrated that investing in the lives of vulnerable people can have a significant impact on the local community.”