It may only be October but Kay Morgan who lives at a care service in Plymouth is already thinking what she can do help people who are living on the streets this Christmas.
The 49-year-old, who lives at Victoria and Grenville service run by care provider Regard in Mutley, is collecting for the South West’s Homeless Shoebox Appeal for the South West.
Kay, her fellow housemates and the staff team who support them will be collecting items including toiletries, hats and scarves, torches and sweets that will be handed out on Christmas Day.
Said Victoria service manager Donna West: “Kay really loves getting involved and is looking forward to bringing a bit of Christmas cheer to people who are having a tough time.
“It may seem only a small thing but these little parcels really do make a difference to people who may feel excluded from the festive celebrations.
“Over the next few weeks Kay and the team at Victoria and Grenville will be asking local shop owners if they are willing to donate items to the cause.
“Christmas is all about giving and everyone deserves a gesture of love even if it’s something small.”
Kay, who has a learning disability, is one of nine people who live at Victoria and Grenville, in two terraced houses close to Plymouth city centre.
The registered service is provides support to adults who are vulnerable and have a learning disability, mental health issues, challenging behaviour and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Donna West said: “One of the reasons we support the people who live with us to help others in this way is because such activities provide them with mental stimulation, a sense of purpose and develop their social skills.
“It’s also a great way for them to connect to their community and make new friends, and it makes them feel valued because they’re making a contribution, which is good for their self-confidence and provides a natural sense of accomplishment.”
“It’s typical of the sort of person-centred support we provide at Victoria and Grenville, which is all about focusing on supporting individuals to live life to the full by doing things with people, rather than ‘to’ them.”