When purchasing a ticket for Selwyn May Ball, you will be invited to give an optional £4 charity donation. Through these donations we are delighted to be supporting two fantastic local charities that provide guidance and support for the homeless in Cambridge: Wintercomfort and Jimmy's. Our charity partners have outlined the services they offer below:
"Wintercomfort is very much a local charity - we support people in Cambridge who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes. For over 20 years we have worked hard to not just meet the basic and urgent needs of our vulnerable community members but, critically, to help facilitate real and lasting change. We offer essential amenities such as meals, showers and laundry facilities, as well as a wide range of learning, training and personal development activities and opportunities for work and on-the-job training through our social enterprises. Above all, we are a safe place where everyone can feel valued and welcomed."
"Jimmy’s welcomes 22 men and women who would otherwise be homeless, providing short-term, emergency accommodation and a full support service. Whatever their background, we work with our guests to help them to take the first steps to break away from the cycle of homelessness.
Among the services we provide are: resettlement to find guests a more suitable place to live; a range of activities including basic life skills, IT, sports, leisure & creative workshops; a staff team that specialises in for example, alcohol, substance misuse, mental health, support for ex-service personnel and counselling; opportunities for guests to be involved in how we run our service or volunteering with us.
To provide our services, we are supported by a highly-valued team of dedicated volunteers. Without them we would not be able to offer such a range and quality of help. We have almost 200 volunteers of which around 30% are from the University of Cambridge. Thousands of hours are freely given each year by this team, providing a crucial element to our services."