Charities, and the public sector in general, are facing significant financial challenges.
Friends First are committed to bringing together our passion for working with people in need whilst developing a charitable model that is both progressive and financially sustainable.
Over the last few years Friends First has reorganised its emphasis toward activities that allow us to work meaningfully with disadvantaged people, but also enable the charity to increasingly generate some of its own income.
Friends First enterprising initiatives offer practical services including buildings maintenance, small construction projects, carpentry, catering, cleaning, office and facilities support to local organisations and private individuals.
Not only do Friends First enterprising initiatives deliver good quality services, they also come with a social benefit: simultaneously creating work experience placements for disadvantaged people who face barriers to securing sustainable employment.
Combined with our Pathways to Housing, which helps local disadvantaged people to access safe housing and mentor support, we’ve begun to move toward greater financial independence and increased impact in individual lives.