Mayor and Deputy Mayor
The Mayor's Charity Appeal
The two Mayoral charities for 2019-2020 are:
LATCH Project (BCHA)
25 years ago the LATCH Project became the public face of Bromley Churches’ Housing Action (BCHA), a group of local churches addressing poverty and homelessness. Today, LATCH (Living Amicably Together in Caring Homes) is devoted to helping and housing young, hidden homeless people aged 18 and over, in the spare rooms of local homeowners in the Bromley borough. We listen to understand the story behind each person’s homeless situation and work to provide them with a safe and secure place to call home. A personal support plan sets out ways to expand their capacity for independent living, enabling a fresh start, to rediscover belonging and find new meaning and purpose in the local community.
Hundreds of homeless enquirers seek our help each year, yet we can only house ten percent of them due to a shortage of Hosts. We are therefore launching an urgent appeal for householders with a spare room. All Host enquiries are responded to quickly, ensuring that everyone feels safe, supported and valued from the outset. It is a highly rewarding role and our longest serving Host has been with LATCH for 23 years.
Local charity Careplus has been offering a free volunteer support service to over 65s in the Borough of Bromley since 1997. We get alongside and befriend older people who feel lonely and isolated and often cannot get out of the house. The average age of our ‘clients’ is 90, and our volunteers’ contact means the world to them.
Many of our volunteers also help with tasks like shopping, light gardening, transport to medical appointments and simple personal administration.
Supporting older people is especially important in Bromley, which has a very large and growing elderly population, so we are always looking for more volunteers. Giving a couple of hours a week in this way can be very rewarding!
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