22. June 2016 - Blog
VA Hostel Completion More than 750 Bloomberg volunteers donated over 3,800 hours to transform a facility for homeless veterans London: Veterans Aid today announced the completion of its Old Rectory transformation, part of the charity’s £7 million New Belvedere House hostel refurbishment project. The renovation of the 12-bedroom facility was completed with the support of Bloomberg volunteers, whose contribution has helped to turn it into a world-class facility. Bloomberg’s unique community engagement contribution to the New Belvedere House redevelopment project included hands on volunteer work from 757 employees, who collectively donating 3,879 hours over the course of the ten month project. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Bloomberg volunteers completely renovated the Old Rectory building, which is now fully occupied. CEO of Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy said, “This refurbishment project is a life-changer for many ex-servicemen in need. Although the Old Rectory is just the start of the overall New Belvedere House transformation, it has set a standard that will change the way people think about hostels for the homeless.” In a partnership between Veterans Aid, Habitat for Humanity and Bloomberg, the former Victorian rectory now features four superbly finished communal flats. Bloomberg employees, some of whom are veterans themselves, participated Continue Reading
20. June 2016 - Blog
Refugee Day 2016Can you imagine a day in your life, young or old, being wrenched from the only home, life and people you know right now? Can you envisage the feeling of sheer desperation and need to survive? Could you imagine having to choose between the safety and life of your own or your child’s? I can’t. Why? Because I haven’t ever had to. On Refugee Day, we are reminded of the importance of looking beyond ourselves and our local community. We are reminded of the courage and strength that it takes for so many refugees across the world, to leave their homes and loved ones, in search of safety. Here at Habitat for Humanity GB Homes, we believe that everyone deserves to have a safe place to live and call home. Whilst our primary focus is on providing affordable housing for those in need, in the local surrounding communities in London, there is still a focus on supporting international projects within the Habitat family. If you would like more information about what Habitat for Humanity are doing to support refugees please see here.