With nearly 20,000 contacts with the organisation and more than 2,800 volunteer hours, Abbey People celebrates another successful year in its annual Impact Report for 2022-2023 which launched this month.
The cost-of-living crisis has meant that demand across all our services has increased. But, due to increased donations and the hard work of the staff team, trustees and volunteers, we’ve been able to help more people than ever.
Across the year we’ve been delivering services according to our strategy, with work focusing on four key areas: Helping Each Other, Vibrant Community, Supporting the Next Generation, Sustainable Environment.
The Helping Each Other thread of work has been busier than ever, with 85 Food Hub sessions delivering food support to those most in need. One beneficiary said “When I can make it, helps with our food bills and thus reduces financial worries a bit. Those days we can get to the food hub are better than average days”.
Youth work continues to be a core part of Abbey People’s offer for the community, with regular activities throughout the year. One young person said, “I first joined youth club as a clueless 8-year-old who wanted to join because my brother went. Since joining youth club, I have become way closer to my friends and as an individual my social skills have improved. Youth club is something that I’ve looked forward to every week and now that I’m a volunteer, I want to do the same for the younger generation”- Elisa, year 8.
Nicky Shepard, CEO of Abbey People summed it up, “I’m so proud of all that the team has been able to achieve this year, despite the many challenges the cost-of-living crisis has thrown at us. It is wonderful to see the community come together in this way to help each other out so much. I’d especially like to thank all our supporters and volunteers, we would never be able to do what we do without them.”
Read the Annual Impact report here