Dumfries homeless support project receives funding from DGHP

A Dumfries-based homeless support charity has received a grant of almost £5,000 from a Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) tenant committee.

SHAX, based at the Crichton in Dumfries, received a cheque for £4,750 from the Nithsdale District Management Committee (DMC).

(from left) John McCraw, Chairman of DGHP’s Nithsdale District Management Committee (DMC); Steph Weild, SHAX Administrator and John Henry, SHAX Operations Co-ordinator

The committee, made up of tenants of DGHP from the Nithsdale area, awarded the money to the charity from its Tenant Community Fund. The money will go towards helping people affected by homelessness through providing household items when they move into a new property.

Joyce Harkness, SHAX social enterprise manager, said: “We are delighted to have received this money from DGHP’s District Management Committee. This helps DGHP to support their tenants to sustain their tenancies as referrals come direct from DGHP staff.”

John McCraw, Nithsdale DMC Chairman, added: “I was very impressed when I visited the premises that SHAX operate from. It’s really good that people can go in and see what is on offer.

“As a committee we were delighted to support a project of this nature, that will ultimately help our own tenants.”

SHAX is an independent local charity which works in partnership with a range of support agencies and personnel to alleviate the hardship of people affected by homelessness through the provision of personal and household essentials, particularly to meet crisis need as and when it arises.

They supply minimal cost used furniture and white goods to people in Dumfries and surrounding areas.

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