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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Awesome achievement from ex-Amberteer Holly

Ex-Amberteer, Holly, has taken part in a marathon walk around London raising over £400 for Amber in the process. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so grateful for her support! The 26-mile route was tough but it took in some of the best sites in London including Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge which made it all worthwhile.

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Amber seeks green light for new centre in Kent

We have recently submitted a planning application to change a former guest house in Ashford, Kent into a dedicated residential centre for disadvantaged young people.

If approved Amber would be able to offer a temporary home, 24/7 support and Amber’s unique personal development programme for young people in Kent. The property is a 13-bedroom Downsview Guest House on Willesborough Road in Kennington which we hope to house up to 26 young people aged 16-30 at any one time.

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Joe Wicks becomes a patron of Amber

We are hugely proud to announce that the fitness coach Joe Wicks MBE has agreed to become our patron.

Surrey-born Joe first became aware of our work after his mother, a social worker, started to work with some of the residents at their site near Dorking in Surrey. Since then, Joe has visited the centre on a number of occasions, donating fitness equipment and giving advice on physical activity and nutrition.

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Devon Surface Care treats youth homelessness centre to a deep clean!

Cleaning & Maintenance company Devon Surface Care has recently sent its workforce to Ashley Court, our supported housing centre in Devon. The team spent the whole day on site completing priority tasks as instructed such as soft washing exterior walls, removing  moss from rooves and servicing gutters.

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Seeking Walkers for RotaWalk’21

Having been starved of in-person events for the last year, our Surrey centre is delighted to be involved in RotaWalk’21. Organised by the Rotary Club in Dorking, RotaWalk’21 is a 4 mile circular walk around Holmwood Common on Sunday 12 September.

We are looking for walkers to take part and raise money for The Amber Foundation on this flat course that will adhere to all Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.

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Awesome Achievement from ex-Amberteer Holly

Holly has just completed a marathon walk around London raising almost £400 for Amber in the process.

Having arrived at the centre in October 2019 unemployed, homeless and having escaped from a toxic relationship, Holly was not in a good place when she arrived with us.  However, she took full advantage of the opportunities on offer, taking part in the NHS recovery college and Amber’s in house workshops and training units. She also completed a range of online courses and did some voluntary work with a wildlife sanctuary.

In June 2020 as the pandemic was still ongoing, Holly found a full-time job in a warehouse and a place to live in a shared house.  Since leaving Amber, Holly has continued to work at the warehouse and has been studying in the evenings to try and fulfil her goal of moving into social care.  Although the job is not what Holly wants to do in the long-term, she is so grateful to have worked all through the pandemic. Alongside a regular wage, it has also given her confidence and some good new friends, one of whom completed the walk with Holly.

Doing the marathon walk to fundraise for Amber was Holly’s way of saying thank you to those who supported her when she was struggling with no-one to turn to for help.  Holly had this to say about her time at Amber “I feel a huge sense of achievement. My time at Amber helped me value myself and to recognise my strengths.”

We are incredibly proud of what Holly has achieved and are so grateful for the fundraising which will help other homeless young people like Holly in the future. If you would like to donate to Holly’s fundraising page, you can do so here.