Progress report from our charity partner Shelter From The Storm

We always love to see the impact our funding has on our charity partners, and we're delighted to share a progress report we received from Shelter From The Storm last month.

Our £100,000 grant to Shelter From The Storm is helping to renovate a former supermarket into Islingtin into a new 40-bed night shelter, a community cafe, and a shop. We hope this report on the project's progress gives a great insight into the difference LandAId funding can make!

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It’s week 10 and the project is really coming to life, the tiles are up in the kitchen and bathrooms and the DDA loo is actually working!

We can hardly believe that we’ve come this far; it has been such a journey and at times it seemed as if we’d never even get started.

The site of our new home was a dilapidated property previously occupied by a supermarket with a long history of past occupants being unable to pay the rent - low footfall and competition from nearby Sainsburys and Tesco meant that the unit struggled to be financially viable.

This has been a huge project for a small charity like Shelter from the Storm, but we’ve had some amazing help from people in the industry, much of it pro bono. Our wonderful planning advisors, Planning Potential, have held our hands throughout the process and steered us to a successful change of use from retail (A1) to Night Shelter (sui generis), Community Café (A3), and retained smaller retail unit (A1) – pretty much a Planning first as far as we know.

Our architects, Holland Harvey, have worked closely and holistically with us to produce a stunning scheme with the needs of our homeless guests at its very core. The Ennismore group have provided us (pro bono) with an amazing Project Manager. Our dream of providing a permanent home for the shelter feels as if it is finally in sight.

The new shelter will be a true home for our young homeless guests, many of whom have never experienced a warm, supportive and non-judgmental home – a place where they can get the help they need to really kick
start their lives.

General Manager, Matt Conlon, said: 'Each week it’s so great to see what progress has been made. It's so inspiring to see the transformation of a building from a disused space into a brand new shelter. We thank LandAid for their support, without which this project would not have been possible.'

Ex-guest, young person A said: 'The shelter has helped me change my life. My mental health has improved massively. I’ve got friends and the shelter still supports me, I enjoy coming back to visit, it feels like a second home. When I first arrived in London, I went to the Notting Hill Carnival with a friend from the shelter and I just loved it – the life, the music, the energy – I felt at home in a way I don’t in Sunderland. I’m 20, my whole life is ahead of me and I’m going to make my dreams come true.'

Find out more about our partnership with Shelter From The Storm here.