West Yorkshire-based Heckmondwike FB has helped to enrich the lives of homeless people in East London, by supplying carpet tiles to Cardboard Citizens, a homelessness project supported by Oscar award-winning actress Kate Winslet.
As the UK’s leading manufacturer of fibre bonded carpet and tiles, Heckmondwike FB responded to a request from CRASH, the construction and property industry’s homelessness charity, to provide the floorcovering for a new purpose-built workshop and rehearsal space for homeless people in Tower Hamlets, East London. Heckmondwike FB supplied 130m2 of Broadrib carpet tiles for the project, which will provide a hard-wearing solution for the busy office and consultation areas in the facility.
Emma Brophy, Marketing and Communications Manager at CRASH, said: “We have used Heckmondwike carpet on a number of similar projects in the past and found it to be ideal for busy centres like this, as it is hard-wearing and low maintenance but also looks great. Our aim is to improve the buildings used by homeless people and Heckmondwike FB’s continued support is making a huge difference in helping us to achieve this goal.”
The new facilities on Greenfield Road will allow Cardboard Citizens to deliver all of their services for homeless people under one roof. The building includes a new rehearsal space, offices and confidential interview rooms where homeless people can access information, advice and guidance.
Abby Chandler, Marketing Manager for Heckmondwike FB, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting CRASH and the Cardboard Citizens project. This is a very worthwhile initiative and it is great to be able to help.”
Lisa Caughey of Cardboard Citizens said: “Our new space at Greenfield Road means that for the first time we can deliver all of our services under one accessible roof. Our ambassador Kate Winslet, whose support also enabled this significant development to take place, was really impressed when she popped in to have a look.”
Cardboard Citizens recognises that being homeless is about more than just the lack of a physical home, and therefore combines theatre with support services to act as a catalyst for personal and social change to homeless peoples’ lives. Theatrical performances with homeless actors are held in theatres, hostels and community venues and the project also hosts performing arts workshops and personalised advice and guidance.
To find out more about Heckmondwike FB, please visit their website at www.heckmondwike-fb.co.uk or telephone 01924 406161
Further information about CRASH can be found on their website at www.crash.org.uk and Cardboard Citizens is found at www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk