One Community Development Trust
One Community inspire and support local people to work actively together to make their local community a place to be proud to live and work in. They do this by helping residents get involved in volunteering, peer mentoring, job opportunities, skills and career development, financial inclusion and literacy, accredited training and life coaching.
“We are working towards achieving a healthy and prosperous Tilbury and southern Thurrock where everyone can proudly live, work and achieve their full potential”
Running an organisation that supports a constant flow of people requires a continuous supply of hygiene, sanitary and cleaning products. All are essential for giving out to people and for the day to day running of the centre. The opportunity to source these products through In Kind Direct means that One Community are able to support an average of 400 people per month who come for face-to-face support on many of their person centred projects such as the Little Things That Mean A lot Project. End users’ spirits are lifted as they are supported with branded, high-quality items, that make people feel valued and cared for.
“We have been with In Kind Direct for the past 9 years, along with the Thurrock Foodbank to help meet the needs of the local residents. We have seen how the products have supported One Community to continue to be relevant, as well as sustainable over the years. We hope that we can continue to be give our community that extra assistance to help them to get back on their feet during these uncertain times.”
The support and generosity that the organisation offers is ever growing and doesn’t stop with those that arrive at their centre. As an In Kind Direct Coordinating Partner, they are able to share products with their local partner, Thurrock Foodbank. Staff members, such as Bernice (who is a superstar!), make weekly trips to the Foodbank to see what they can offer. Products such as toothpaste, shower gel, toilet roll, sanitary products and more are distributed to the Foodbank and make the world of difference to those in need. Oftentimes, those that seek assistance from the Foodbank do not realise that they are able to access essential products other than food and realising that they will receive other items can make a difficult week much more bearable.
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