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Centrale awards charity bursary

Centrale shopping centre has awarded a £2,500 bursary to homelessness charity Evolve Housing + Support and another £2,500 bursary to cancer help charity South East Cancer Help Centre (SECHC)

Centrale shopping centre has awarded £2,500 to Evolve Housing + Support to help increase awareness around the homelessness community and another £2,500 to independent charity SECHC to help offer counselling and complementary therapy treatments to cancer patients.

Evolve work with 2,000 people each year across London, providing shelter, support and advice to over 700 people on a daily basis who would otherwise be homeless. Evolve’s main focus is to work directly with homeless people on a one-on-one basis to help them gain confidence, access mental health support, reconnect with their families and gain qualifications. Through their work and learning service and health and wellbeing programme Evolve prepares the people they work with for independent living.

The bursary, provided from Centrale, will be used to enable the Work and Learning team to deliver an eight week entrepreneurship programme for homeless people who are interested in starting or resuming a business. Each module in the programme will focus on a different skill related to running and operating a business. This scheme, funded by Centrale, is supported by entrepreneur, former Apprentice runner up and ambassador for the charity, Bianca Miller-Cole.

Evolve's CEO Jeremy Gray said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Centrale to support homeless people to become entrepreneurs. Thank you to the team at Centrale for supporting this exciting project. We would like to invite any businesses or entrepreneurs to get in touch if they are keen to volunteer to help deliver the programme. We would value their expertise and support”

The South East Cancer Help Centre is a small, independent charity supporting those affected by cancer within the local Croydon community. SECHC is currently supporting 659 people and last year, 268 newly diagnosed cancer patients joined the Centre. Support is also offered to their carers of the patients.

SECHC Chairman, Jennifer Mollett, commented: "We are delighted to have been awarded this bursary of £2,500 by the Hammerson Positive Places Fund and look forward to the involvement of their team in volunteering opportunities at the Centre such as our Paint Purley Purple initiative. The money will be spent on supporting cancer patients in the Croydon Borough."

David Ordman, Centrale General Manager added: “We feel incredibly happy to be supporting two fantastic charities throughout 2018. One of which is the only charity within the borough that provides a complete solution to homelessness, through supported accommodation, taking people off the streets and providing holistic care. The other provides vital support to those affected by cancer in the local community. We hope this funding will provide the best programs possible to assist further developing the already brilliant job both charities are delivering.”

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