A Medway Council portfolio holder has been on a fact finding mission discovering the good work two local charities do helping vulnerable people.
Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien visited Emmaus Medway, to see the work it does to help people who are homeless and unemployed, and UK Resettlement to see the work it does with vulnerable young people.
Cllr O’Brien said: “I was impressed with the fantastic work that volunteers continue to carry out helping people who are less fortunate than others here in Medway.”
Emmaus Medway provides community accommodation for 24 people where residents can live and work, giving each other support and encouragement with the opportunity to refresh skills and learn new ones.
The charity also runs a social enterprise shop in Rochester High Street.
The shop receives donated furniture and household goods, and carries out repairs and safety testing before re-selling them.
Run by trustees and volunteers since October last year, the social enterprise is set to grow in 2012/13.
UK Resettlement works with vulnerable young people (at risk of offending) and adult ex-offenders in Kent and Medway.
Cllr O’Brien said: “To continue our drive to reduce re-offending rates in Medway it is essential that ex-offenders are able to obtain both accommodation and the means to get back into the workstream.
“UKResettlement works with Medway ex-offenders by finding accommodation and support in work placement to those who really want to turn their lives around and become useful members of society.
“UKResettlement would also welcome an effective partnership work with local businesses, voluntary organisations and statutory organisations to make a positive difference to the lives of our vulnerable people.”

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