Finding help in times of need
At Renewed Hope Trust we support a wide range of people in a wide range of circumstances. Here is a bit of general information about other help in the area with some useful contact details too.
If you are at risk of becoming homeless, sofa-surfing or homeless already then there is help out there. The council in the area where you have a local connection has a duty to assess you. In East Surrey these are Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Tandridge District Council. Depending on your circumstances this will not necessarily mean you get accommodation immediately. They will discuss options with you during your assessment.
Unemployment & money worries
At the Drop-In we can provide you with a free lunch and food vouchers so you don’t have to worry about affording to buy food when the bills keep coming in and you don’t know how you will pay them. Here, we can also put you in touch with other useful organisations which can help you.
There are several Foodbanks for which we have vouchers, including St Matthew’s Church, Redhill; The Salvation Army, Redhill, Horley Foodbank at Horley Methodist Church and Caterham Foodbank. There are also Foodbanks run by the charity Loveworks at the Merstham Mix Cafe and Reigate Baptist Church.
Mental health and addictions
It is common for you to be struggling generally in life and also suffering from one or more mental illness or an addiction of some kind. Although we do not provide any health care or counselling at RHT, we can provide company and acceptance. We can also link you with relevant agencies who can give you more specialist support.
Richmond Fellowship runs an evening drop-in called Safehaven and this is open specifically for people with mental health problems. They are based in St Anne’s Drive, near Redhill Town Centre.
For people experiencing abuse in the home, the East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service (ESDAS) can help.
Our Drop-In and Winter Night Shelter services are only open to people over the age of 18. Renewed Hope Trust partners with local charities such as Welcare and Stripey Stork which specialise in supporting families with young children in tough times. They can give practical help and emotional help to both the parents and the children.