DHU Supports Local Homeless Charity Over Christmas

Throughout December colleagues at DHU Health Care collected donations to help the Canaan Trust Charity.

The festive season is a difficult time for many, particularly those who are homeless. DHU wanted to help support those in need in the local community and worked as a team to collect donations on the lead up to Christmas.

The Canaan Trust is an independent Christian Charity which operates 24/7 365 days a year.

Throughout the Covid pandemic the Trust has remained fully operational and accessible to all in need.  The Trust’s work providing safe secure and healthy supported accommodation for homeless males aged 16 to 70+plus is the ‘visible’ aspect of the Trust’s work. The Trust’s goal is to support each one to rebuild their lives and to ultimately achieve independent living back in the community.

However, Kevin Curtis, Project Manager, said: “50% of the Trust’s work is less visible out in the community where the Trust supports and cares for the ‘Hidden Homeless’ – the individuals (male and female) as well as families who have lost their accommodation or in imminent danger of losing it. They are invariably isolated, unseen and desperate for someone to see and hear them, and offer a caring hand of support. The Hidden Homeless are individuals and families who may be sofa surfing, sleeping in sheds, tents, squats, or in inadequate and inappropriate overcrowded accommodation.”

“The Trust appreciated and valued the very kind and generous donations of food immediately prior to Christmas provided by the Staff of DHU Health Care. Your support will help make a difference. It is only through such generous support that the Trust is enabled to reach out to support and care for those in need. Thank you for caring.”

Stephen Bateman, Chief Executive of DHU, said, “Thank you to our DHU colleagues for all the donations of food to the Canaan Trust last Christmas. I hope this helped the Canaan Trust carry out the fantastic work that they do in our local area of Derbyshire, caring and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community, the hidden homeless. I am proud that DHU could help to support this great cause.”