Swindon projects’ online ‘wish-list’ aims to bring festive cheer to homeless people this Christmas

By Anita Jaynes on 23 December, 2016

Staff at four of Stonewater’s supported housing projects in Swindon are appealing to members of the community to help bring a little festive cheer to homeless and vulnerable people this Christmas. The Swindon projects team has set up an Amazon wish-list of much-needed items which can be purchased online and sent directly at the touch of a button.

The four projects making the appeal are the Swindon Foyer in Bath Road and Radnor Lodge, Radnor Street, which both house homeless young people, and Bow Court and Hazelmead House in Bath Road which provide supported accommodation for residents with mental health and learning needs.

“Christmas can be a very lonely and difficult time of year for many people separated from their friends, family and home,” said Foyer Manager Michelle Mueller. “Our wish-list gift scheme gives you the chance to send a personal gift to people spending Christmas in our supported housing projects this year. The list includes gifts ranging from essential toiletries and warm clothing, to special treats like books and chocolates. Each is listed on our Amazon wish-list with a short description, explaining exactly why it is needed and who will benefit.

“Even just a small box of toiletries can make a huge difference, bringing a little festive happiness and cheer in what can be a very difficult time for our residents.”

Stonewater’s project staff work throughout the festive season to provide a Christmas meal for residents and to ensure that they have the support they need to make it through what can be a challenging time of year for many. Stonewater owns and operates foyers and two women’s refuges across the South of England.

Gifts can be bought directly through the Amazon website here or by going to http://amzn.eu/fZuPeI5. Stonewater’s wish-list scheme will continue to run through 2017.