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Amber received £100,000 cash injection from Barclays

We are thrilled to have secured funding from the Barclays to expand mental health provision for the young people at Amber as they cope with the aftermath of COVID-19. To meet the needs of communities as they emerge from the pandemic, Barclays is supporting the Amber Foundation with a £100,000 donation through its 100×100 Programme, as part of its wider £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package. This donation will help to fund and expand Amber’s work supporting young people with mental health issues. As a direct result of the funding the charity will be able to employ counsellors to work directly with young people at Amber centres. This work is urgently needed as Sarah Johnson, Operations Manager at Amber explains. “During the pandemic disadvantaged young people have been among the hardest hit. Nearly two years of successive lockdowns, uncertainty, job losses and isolation have played havoc with their mental health. New admissions to our centres are displaying more complex emotional and mental wellbeing issues than ever before. “We are delighted with the funding from Barclays as it will fund over 3000 hours of focused mental health intervention and counselling for young people along with extra training and support for our staff team. This project will improve the mental health and resilience of the young people living at our centres as they cope with the longer term impact of COVID-19 on society in addition to their existing challenges.” Barclays launched its 100×100 Programme as part of their £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package to help its customers, clients, colleagues, and the wider community deal with the unprecedented social and economic crisis caused... read more

Run the London Marathon for Amber

Amber are delighted to announce that we have a place in the TCS London Marathon which is due to take place on Sunday 2nd October 2022. We are now inviting interested people to apply for our one and only place and fundraise for our vital work housing and supporting disadvantaged young people grappling with homelessness and long term unemployment. If you are interested in running for Amber this year then please download this form and return it to louise.cheung@amberweb.org. All applications need to be in by 4th April at 5pm. Louise said “We are looking for a special person who would like to represent Amber at this iconic event and raise much needed funds for young people facing complex challenges. Whoever is selected will be helping Amber to change and save lives and will receive full support with their fundraising and preparation for the event. So if you want to attempt your first ever marathon or are a seasoned runner looking to achieve a personal best, do get in touch with... read more

Award Time for Farm Place

At the beginning of February we were honoured to receive not one but two awards at our supported housing centre in Surrey, Farm Place. 

The awards from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Michael More-Molyneux and the High Sheriff of Surrey, Dr Julie Llewelyn were in recognition for our outstanding support to young people facing homelessness during the pandemic.

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Rick Stein, Marlborough support Amber with Charity Lunches

Rick Stein’s much loved charity lunches are back and Amber has been selected to benefit at their restaurant in Marlborough.

From 11th – 27th January diners can enjoy three courses of Rick’s favourite recipes for just £23.50 plus a £2.50 donation towards our work.

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The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Amber will be, once again, taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. This is an annual match funding campaign which raises millions of pounds for good causes across the country. This year the campaign will kick off on 30th November (Giving Tuesday) at midday and will run until midday on 7th December and every donation made via the Big Give will be doubled.

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Fundraisers hot footed challenge for Amber

On Friday 8th October we held our first ever Fire Walk at Ashley Court, our supported living centre for disadvantaged young people, in Devon.

22 brave individuals took part in the challenge, including some of the young people who live with us. The group faced their fears by walking along a lane of burning hot embers and together raised over £3,500 for Amber’s work housing and supporting young people facing complex challenges including homelessness, long term unemployment and mental ill health.

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Amber to open new centre in Kent

We are so pleased to announce that we have completed the purchase of what will be our first centre in Kent.

The property which is set to become Amber’s fourth supported living centre is the 13-bedroom Downsview Guest House on Willesborough Road, Kennington, on the outskirts of Ashford. 

The purchase follows our success in securing planning permission from Ashford Borough Council to change the property’s use to allow us to create a new home to provide 24/7 support to young people aged 16-30.

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Mass bed-down by the Eden Biomes to help people facing homelessness this winter

Sleep Out is set to return to Cornwall’s Eden Project on 25th November raising vital funds for Amber and Cornish homelessness charity St Petrocs.

The work of both charities has never been more needed with an uncertain winter approaching and the continuing impacts of the global pandemic.

Sleep Out, the annual bed-down by fundraisers in sleeping bags outside the Eden Biomes, was held virtually last year but is now returning to Eden with up to 100 participants able to take part.

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Sail Success for Wiltshire Amberteer’s

Last week a group of young people from the Amber Foundation’s Wiltshire centre had the opportunity to do a week’s sailing with the charity Ocean Youth Trust South.

Part of the ethos at Amber is to provide young people with opportunities to develop their confidence and resilience which will help them with dealing with everyday life once they leave Amber.  A voyage with the Ocean Youth Trust South is about so much more than learning some sailing skills, the charity is committed to ensuring that young people build confidence, improve their communication and teamwork skills and have to deal with situations in unfamiliar surroundings.

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