Company will ‘do what we can’ to help homeless

Porchlight's Jane Redman (l) is presented with the £500 donation by Prima Service's Managing Director, Joseph Giardina (r).

Kent charity Porchlight received a cheque for £500 at the Homes 2012 event, marking the launch of a new scheme to help the homeless.

The 521 program offers free skilled labour, paid volunteers and cash payments to homelessness charities.

The campaign comes from social housing strategic partner Prima Service, which says it will provide a skilled labourer for up to five hours for free; offer two paid volunteering days a year from all members of its office staff and donate 1% of its profit annually to chosen homelessness charities. Porchlight will be the first charity to benefit from the scheme.

Jane Redman, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Porchlight said: “We are delighted to have the support of such a prominent local business and look forward to working with Prima over the coming year.

“The help from volunteers and donations will go hand-in-hand with raising awareness about homelessness issues locally.”

Justin Halfpenny, Prima Service’s Director, said the idea for the campaign came after 15 years working closely with local authorities and residents.

“As specialist contractors we already hope to improve people’s standard of living through maintaining quality affordable homes, but there are still currently 8214 homeless families with children in the UK. We want to do what we can to improve that, starting today.”

Read more about Prima’s 521 programme.