Thank you for taking the time to read our Sanctus newsletter. As Trustees, we are incredibly grateful for any and all of the support that the Chelmsford community offer us – whether it is helping to spread the word, attending a fundraising event, making a financial donation, or volunteering your valuable time with us. Every contribution makes a difference.
With the rise in the general cost of living we have so many additional individuals and families needing our support, and whilst we find ways to combat this, our own running costs are rising.
This month has seen a fantastic first – the Sanctus Beer and Music Festival – held in Little Baddow by our Café Manager Toni, our staff, and volunteers. The atmosphere, BBQ food and funds raised made for an excellent final event of the summer! We plan to use our new larger café facilities as much as possible to raise vital funds, so please watch this space and our social media platforms for details of upcoming events.
Planning ahead for the winter we are looking at how we can adapt our café to accommodate the high numbers of service users that we anticipate. As the weather turns colder we sadly expect to see a rise in rough sleepers, and more individuals needing our food provisions and hub support.
We meet monthly as a Board to assess our current financial status, gather feedback from managers in all areas of the charity, and plan ahead for future developments. Sanctus is always evolving and adding additional service provisions. The summer has seen us take on three counselling volunteers, and a volunteer dog therapist, and host an evening space for an addiction charity. We have a broad and extensive skillset as Trustees and we all enjoy steering the ship, through all weathers, to achieve our common aim – of creating and sustaining a community for those who are most vulnerable here in Chelmsford.